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August 17, 2006

Krannert School invites public to business speakers series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Corporate and business leaders will be sharing their insights with students at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management during the fall semester's Krannert Executive Forum.

Started in 1973, the Krannert Executive Forum is an undergraduate class for both management and non-management students, primarily seniors. The class is coordinated by Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management.

"We bring a diverse range of business leaders in to talk to our students," Cosier said. "They also meet with small groups of both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty members. The Krannert Executive Forum provides a real link between the business world and the classroom."

The forum meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. each Friday in Jerry S. Rawls Hall, Room 1086, and is free and open to the public as seating permits.

Dates, speakers and titles of talks include:

• Sept. 1 — Henry Feeser, Rapid Computer Systems (Mulberry, Ind.) owner, "Beta."

• Sept. 8 — Roland Parrish, Parrish McDonald's Restaurants (Desoto, Texas) chief executive officer and owner, "From Tubes to Digital: A Historical View of McDonald's Marketing."

• Sept. 15 — Candice Hall, General Mills (Minneapolis) financial analyst, "Demonstrating 'Executive' Leadership While in an 'Entry-Level' Position."

• Sept. 22 — James Jones, Discovery Support Services (Alpharetta, Ga.) president, "Seize the Moment!"

• Sept. 29 — Christina Jenkins, New Enterprise Associates (Germantown, Md.) Kauffman Fellow, "It's the People, Stupid: What a Bartender, an Internist, and a Venture Capitalist Have in Common."

• Oct. 6 — S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A (Atlanta) founder, chief executive officer and chairman, "Eat Mor Chikin, Inspire More People."

• Oct. 13 — Toshikata Amino, Honda of America Manufacturing (Japan) retired executive vice president, "Challenges and Opportunities Faced by Honda During Its Growth in the United States."

• Oct. 20 — James Julow, Sports Car Club of America (Topeka, Kan.) president and chief executive officer, "Why the Dinosaurs Really Died."

• Oct. 27 — Warren Haruki, Grove Farm Company (Lihue, Hawaii) president and chief executive officer, "Lessons Learned — Then and Now."

• Nov. 3 — Charles Smith, Countrymark Cooperative (Indianapolis) president and chief executive officer, "Succeeding in a World of Overachievers."

• Nov. 10 — Jean-Francois Phelizon, Saint-Gobain Corp. (Valley Forge, Pa.) vice president, president and chief executive officer, "Saint-Gobain: Building on International Leadership."

• Nov. 17 — Valarie Sheppard, Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati) vice president and comptroller, "Building Value by Leveraging Cross-Functional Partnerships."

• Dec. 1 — Ellen Rosenthal, Conner Prairie (Fishers, Ind.) president and chief executive officer, "No Margin, No Mission: The Challenging Business of Museums."

Sources: Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366, rcosier@purdue.edu

Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Because the primary purpose of the lectures is educational, no photography or videotaping is permitted during the presentations. Journalists wishing to cover individual presentations can arrange to interview and photograph lecturers by contacting Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, at (765) 496-7271, tnewton@purdue.edu


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