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2018-19 Executive Speakers

The Broad College of Business hosts a diverse group of business leaders and guest lecturers who share cases and insights from their careers, connecting students to real-life examples of business concepts they’re studying in the classroom. Broad MBA students get an opportunity to learn about the range of career options available to them and the chance to expand their network through direct interaction with the visiting speakers.


Fall 2018 Speakers 

September 27, 2018 James Trebilcock (BA,’80; MBA,’81, Marketing), Chief Concentration and International Officer, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Dallas, TX
October 4, 2018 David Staples (BA,’85, Accounting), President and CEO, SpartanNash Company, Grand Rapids, MI
October 18, 2018 Scott Farrell (BS, Applied Engineering Sciences,’80; EMBA,’89), Operating Partner, Wynnchurch Capital, also President and CEO (retired), SafeWorks LLC,  Seattle, WA
October 25, 2018 David Feber (BS,’94, Civil Engineering), Partner, McKinsey & Company, Detroit, MI
November 8, 2018 The Sylvan T. Warrington Visiting Lectureship in Ethics and Leadership

Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte, New York, NY

 Spring 2019 Speakers

January 24, 2019 Colin Chummers (MBA, ’02, Finance), Sr. Director, Network & Partner Services, Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA
February 21, 2018 Rebecca Smith (BS,’98, Agribusiness Management; MBA,’04, Finance & SCM), Vice President, Global Project Management & Supply Chain Planning, Amway, Grand Rapids, MI
March 21, 2019 Eric Boughner (MBA,’03, Finance), Director, Global Capital Management, General Motors, Detroit, MI
March 28, 2019 Jennifer Holahan (MBA,’05,  Marketing), Sr. Director, Shopper & Category Insights to Activation, Pfizer Consumer Health, Madison, NJ
April 11, 2019 Aaron Murray (BA,’97, Marketing; MBA,’01, Marketing Technology), Managing Director, Revenue Management, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Last Year’s Speakers

September 21, 2017 Mark Hawkins (BA,’81, SCM), EVP & Chief Financial Officer,, Inc., San Francisco, CA
September 28, 2017 The Sylvan T. Warrington Visiting Lectureship in Ethics and Leadership

Craig Menear (BA,’79, Human Resources); Chairman, CEO and President; The Home Depot, Inc., Atlanta, GA

October 19, 2017 Omari Bouknight (BA,’99, SCM), Chief Commercial Officer, and Jeff Rynbrandt (MBA,’02, SCM), VP US Sales, CardioFocus Inc., Marlborough, MA
November 2, 2017 Matthew Kistler (BA,’88, Marketing), Executive Vice President Chief Strategy & Client Partner, EYC Symphony, Braintree, MA
November 16, 2017 Matthew Jennings (MBA, ’88, Marketing); Chairman, CEO and President;  Phillips-Medisize, a Molex Company; Hudson, WI


January 18, 2018 Brian Kesseler (BA,’88, Finance), CEO, Tenneco Inc., Lake Forest, IL
February 1, 2018 Gregory Longstreet (BA, ’92, General Business), CEO & President, CytoSport, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA
February 15, 2018 Timothy Griffith (BA, ’91, Economics), Sr. VP & Chief Financial Officer, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Findlay, OH
March 15, 2018 Elizabeth Door (BS, ’94, Packaging; EMBA, ’04), Sr. VP, Global Strategic Sourcing, Whirlpool, Inc., Benton Harbor, MI
April 12, 2018 Rajiv Gupta, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Delphi Automotive PLC; Member, Board of Directors of HP Inc. and The Vanguard Group, Inc.; Former Chairman and CEO, Rohm and Haas Company, Newtown Square, PA

Recent lecturers and guests include the following:

Eli Broad, Businessman, Author, Founder- KB Homes, SunAmerica Dave Zilko, Equity Partner- Garden Fresh Gourmet James Turley, CEO-  Ernst & Young
Thomas Egan, Vice PresidentGlobal Procurement- Whirlpool Corporation Company Michael Lawton, Executive Vice President- Domino’s Pizza International Beverly Gaskin, Executive Vice PresidentSupply Management- Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.
Andria Long, Vice President of Innovation- Sara Lee Dave McCann, Online Sales and Operations Manager- Google AdWords John Maguire- Kellogg Company
Steve Du Mont, Corporate Vice President & Global Managing Director- Cisco Systems, Inc. Pete Pendergast, Global Marketing Manager- Dow Chemical Ken Sommer- Visa, Inc.
Thomas J. Stallkamp, Former President- Chrysler Corporation Bob Chapek, President, Disney Consumer Products- Disney Manoj Saxena, General Manager, IBM Watson- IBM
James P. Hackett, Chief Executive Officer- Steelcase Inc.
 Jimmy Anklesaria, President & CEO- Anklesaria Group, Inc.
Mark Ayers, Vice-President of Marketing- Masco Builder Cabinet Group
Linda Blair & Simon Whitelocke- ITC Holdings Corp. Gerald Brisson, Senior Vice-President of Advancement- Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan Christopher Brothers- Saybrook Capital, LLC
Paul Caragher, President- Fluke Networks- Fluke Electronics Corporation David Cosper, CFO & Vice Chairman- Sonic Automotive  C. Kevin Harrington, Vice President Global Business Operations & Global Supply Chain Management- Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ivan Frank, CMO- ePrize  Greg Humes, President- NLM Christine Gibbons, CFO- Sensicore
John Hart, Joe Hutchinson, & Lindsay Yugovich- Plante & Moran Corporate Finance  Phyllis Knight, CFO- Champion Homes Natalya Leahy & Brian Young- Procter & Gamble
 Brian Reid, Chief Economist- Investment Company Institute (ICI)  Dave Sametz, Vice-President, Partner Management- Upromise Mark Sellers- Sellers Capital
Lori Shiels, Director of Events / Amateur Hockey Development- Olympia Entertainment, Inc. Jon R. Stegner, Former General Director Global Supply Management- Delphi Corporation Jamie Tedford, Founder/CEO- Brand Networks
 Eloy Trevino, Engagement ManagerChicago, IL- Prophet Rich Valin- Motorola  Wayne Vaughn, Retired Director of Maintenance- Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Don Weintritt, Director Global Supply Chain Technology- Dow Chemical Ms. Ling Wu, Managing Director- Amherst Partners

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