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Hudson La Force


la-force-hudson-auel_181024-248bHudson La Force has seen W.R. Grace Co. grow since he joined the company in 2008 as chief financial officer. He became president and chief operating officer in 2016 and president and CEO in November 2018.

W.R. Grace is a high-performance specialty chemicals and materials manufacturing company based in Columbia.

In his time as COO, the company saw sales increase nearly 20% as it accelerated growth and implemented the Grace Value Model. La Force helped lead the transformation into a fully integrated global operating company.

Prior to joining the company, La Force spent time in the public sector, serving as chief operating officer and senior counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. De-partment of Education. He helped lead the transformation of the department’s management practices and served as a member of the President’s Management Council.

Earlier in his career, La Force worked for Dell as general manager for the company in China, leading the $500 million business through double- and triple-digit sales and revenue growth.

In January, La Force said the company was willing to discuss a sale to 40 North, a private investment firm that is one of its top shareholders. W.R. Grace re-jected an earlier proposal in November, saying it undervalued the company.

“Grace’s opportunities for continued growth and value creation are strong, particularly as our end markets recover from the disproportionate displacement re-sulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” La Force said in a letter to 40 North.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.