George Sissel is retired as a member of the board of directors and chairman and CEO of Ball Corporation. He joined Ball in 1970 in Boulder, Colorado, and transferred to the former Muncie, Indiana, headquarters in 1973, where he served as general counsel, corporate secretary, senior vice president, president and CEO. George relocated, along with Ball's corporate headquarters, to Broomfield, Colorado, in 1998. He retired as CEO in January 2001 and Chairman in 2003. Prior to his career with Ball, he was an attorney with the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard.
He is currently a member of the CU Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Directors of CACI, and the past chair of the University of Colorado Foundation. He also is a member and past chairman of the board of Governors for the Can Manufacturers Institute; was a director of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Mountain States Employers Council, chairman of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and First Merchants Corporation; and was a member and chairman of the University of Colorado at Boulder Engineering Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Colorado at Denver College of Business. George has served on the Banc One Equity Capital Board of Advisors, is a member of the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, a former member of the Denver's School of Science and Technology and is a member of Rotary International in Denver.
George received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1958, and served in the U.S. Navy until 1963. In 1966, he received a J.D. (cum laude) degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Minnesota Law Review. In 1984, he completed the MIT Sloan School of Management's Program for Senior Executives, where he was class chairman. He is married to Mary Sissel, community volunteer. They have two children and three grandchildren, all living in the Denver area.