Joseph P. Keithley is the former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Keithley Instruments, Inc., a provider of advanced electrical instrumentation for the electronics industry, in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Keithley served as the company’s Chairman from February 1991 and President and CEO from November 1993 until December 2010, at which time the company was acquired by Danaher Corporation.
Upon graduation from Cornell University, Mr. Keithley joined Eaton Corporation where he worked as a manufacturing engineer and later as a market research analyst in the Truck Component Group.
Since joining Keithley Instruments in 1976, he held various positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, and division management.
Mr. Keithley is a member of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University and the visiting committee of the Case School of Engineering. He also serves on the advisory council of Cornell University’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Mr. Keithley is a NorTech board member and vice chairman of the board. He is a director of Magnet and of The Cleveland Foundation. He is a director of Materion, Axcelis Technologies, Nordson Corporation and is an advisor to Early Stage Partners.
He and his wife Nancy have endowed the Keithley Fund for Artistic Collaboration, to support The Cleveland Orchestra’s collaborations with other major institutions in Northeast Ohio, and particularly with the Cleveland Museum of Art. The gift will provide short-term funding for annual artistic collaboration, and provide a portion of endowment funding for The Cleveland Orchestra’s long-term goal of fully endowing artistic collaboration.
Mr. Keithley graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971, and a Master of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering in 1972. He received a Master's in Business Administration with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1976.