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January 11, 2002

Krannert School invites public to business speakers series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A baker's dozen of corporate leaders will present their ideas to Purdue's Krannert School of Management students during spring semester. Among the speakers are the president and publisher of The Indianapolis Star, a top Indianapolis Colts executive and the CEO of Guidant Corp.

Richard Cosier

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

"We bring a 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 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.

Dates, speakers and titles of talks are:

Jan. 18 – John J. Sheehy, vice president and account director, Leo Burnett USA, Chicago, "The Importance of Fundamentals."

Jan. 25 – Wade Lange, president and CEO, Indiana Health Industry Forum, Indianapolis, "Management of a Non-profit Organization, the Indiana Health Industry Forum."

Feb. 1 – Breck F. Hanson, executive vice president, Commercial Real Estate Department, LaSalle Bank N.A., Chicago, "Krannert ... to a B-52 Cockpit ... to a Bank."

Feb. 8 – Roger D. Miller, senior quality adviser, Global Laboratory Operations, Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, "Partner Well, Lead Better."

Feb. 15 – David E. Omholt, senior manager, Accenture, Dallas, "Fast Tracking with Integrity."

Feb. 22 – Ronald W. Dollens, president and CEO, Guidant Corp., Indianapolis, "Turbulent Times – What Matters Most Right Now."

March 1 – William A. Koch Jr., CEO, Koch Development Corp. (parent company of Holiday World Theme Park and Splashin' Safari Water Park), Santa Claus, Ind., "Free Unlimited Ideas."

March 8 – Barbara A. Henry, president and publisher, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, "The Business of Newspapers ... Stronger than Ever."

March 22 – Ray Compton, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis, "Marketing Outside the Box."

March 29 – William L. Townsend, CEO, Blue Source LLC, Salt Lake City, Utah, "Global Climate Change: Selling Cannibals Forks and other Commercial Opportunities."

April 5 – Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, president, Estée Lauder International Inc., New York, "Powering Global Brands."

April 12 – Sheri Wilson-Gray, executive vice president, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, TBA.

April 19 – Marjorie Magner, senior executive vice president, Consumer Group, Citigroup, New York, "A Successful Business Model."

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

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

Tim Newton, (765), 496-7271,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: A publication-quality photograph of Dean Richard A. Cosier is available at Because the primary purpose of the lectures is educational, no photographs 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, Videos of selected lectures will be available via the Internet.

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