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January 17, 2001

Former Olympic chief to speak in Indianapolis

Former CEO and secretary-general of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Norman P. Blake Jr., will be the keynote speaker at a Purdue University Krannert School undergraduate management leadership conference at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday (1/20).

Blake, a Purdue alumnus who recently moved from the East Coast to Carmel, Ind., will discuss his business career and express his views on the attributes of effective leadership. He will be speaking at the University Place Center, Room 118, in downtown Indianapolis. He will take questions after his remarks.

Blake's tenure as Olympic chief began in February 2000. He resigned in October following the summer games in Sydney, Australia.

Before taking the reins of the USOC, Blake had a successful business career in a variety of industries. After holding several senior leadership positions with General Electric, he became CEO of Chicago-based Heller International Corp. in 1984. He then led a turnaround at USF&G. Then, as CEO of Promus Hotel Corp., he negotiated its merger with the Hilton Hotel Corp.

A press release on the leadership conference and a publication-quality photo of Blake are available from the University News Service Web site.

CONTACT: Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, (765) 496-7271,

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