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January 19, 2001

Krannert School invites public
to business speakers' series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The companies of executives coming to Purdue University to speak to management students run the gamut from e-commerce to Major League Baseball to canned tomatoes.

Business leaders have been coming to campus since 1973 as part of Krannert's Executive Forum. The series is actually part of a class coordinated by Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management.

"We bring top-level executives both nationally and from Indiana," Cosier said. "The corporate leaders also meet with small groups of students and faculty members. The Krannert Executive Forum provides an excellent meeting ground for academe and business."

The forum meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. each Friday in the Krannert Building Auditorium and is free and open to the public as seating permits. The forum began today (1/19) with Bettina Whyte, a principal with Jay Alix & Associates, who spoke on "Using Crisis Management to Avoid a Crisis."

Other forum speakers and topics include:

Jan. 26 – John Willis, co-chief executive officer, Willis Stein & Partners: "An Overview of Private Equity."

Feb. 2 – Jane Boulware, vice president of marketing and e-business, Kimberly-Clark Corp.: "From Purdue to Corporate Executive ... Lessons Learned Along the Way."

Feb. 9 – Chuck Armstrong, president and chief executive officer, Seattle Mariners: "How Purdue Prepared Me to Run a Major League Baseball Team."

Feb. 16 – Greg Wasson, vice president of operations, Walgreens: "The Synergy of Clicks and Mortar: Developing an Integrated E-tailing Strategy."

Feb. 23 – James Lewis, vice president of multimarketing business development, Walt Disney World: "Diversity and Leadership."

March 2 – Rolla Huff, president and chief executive officer, Mpower Communications Corp.: "Survivor – Start-Up Style."

March 9 – Alan Boeckmann, president and chief executive officer, Fluor Daniel: "The Dot-Com Reality."

March 23– John Edwardson, Purdue University trustee: "My Life's Plan and What Actually Happened." (Note: Edwardson was a top executive at United Airlines and Burns International Services).

March 30 – Donald J. "Jerry" Ehrlich, president, chairman and chief executive officer, Wabash National Corp.: "Managing Growth."

April 6 – Wayne Hockmeyer, chairman of the board of directors, MedImmune Inc.: to be announced.

April 13 – Brian Reichart, chief executive officer, Red Gold: to be announced.

April 20 – Pervis Bearden, North American Warehousing Services Manager, Procter & Gamble Co.: "Understanding the Corporate Culture ... The Unwritten Norm."

Sources: Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Tim Newton, (765), 496-7271,

Writer: J. Michael Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Because the lectures' primary purpose is educational, no photographs or videotaping is permitted. Journalists wishing to cover individual speakers can arrange for interviews and photographs by contacting Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, at (765) 496-7271;

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