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August 24, 2001

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 this fall. The speakers include one of Fortune's top 40 women executives, a top executive with NBC Sports and several other top corporate leaders and entrepreneurs.

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 top-level executives 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:

• Aug. 31 – Julie K. Goonewardene, president and CEO of Cantilever Technologies, West Lafayette, Ind., "From Moron to Genius, the Making of a Company."

• Sept. 7 – Shawn A. Taylor, president and CEO of Family EATs Inc., a franchisee of Taco Bell Corp., Houston, Texas, "Your Life's Passion."

• Sept.14 – Kevin Sullivan, vice president of NBC Sports, New York, "Effectively Dealing with the Media: The Role of Corporate Communications."

• Sept. 21 – Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, president of Estee Lauder International, New York, "Powering Global Brands."

• Sept. 28–Wanda Williams, president and founder of Williams Cylinders & Controls Inc., Indianapolis, "Taking Control of My Destiny."

• Oct. 5 – David R. Hatcher, president of Corillian Services Inc., Los Angeles, "Information Technology Management and Consulting: If it Wasn't for the People, this Job Would be Easy!"

• Oct.12 – Kenneth P. Manning, chairman, president and CEO of Sensient Technologies Corp., Milwaukee, "Corporate Renovation and Revitalization."

• Oct. 19 – Marcos Zarikian, CEO of Grupo Telares Maracay; chairman of Eurobuilding Hotel & Suites; CEO, Prime Hotels International, Caracas, Venezuela, "Why Global Markets Could Become a Global Disaster if a Human Balance of Trade is not Achieved."

• Oct. 26 – Rob Adams, founder and managing director, of AV Labs, Austin, Texas, "Myths of the New Economy."

• Nov. 2 – Harold H. Greenberg, president of Algren Builders, Tucson, Ariz., "How to Start a Business with a Pickup Truck, Mortar Mixer and a Krannert Degree."

• Nov. 9 – Timothy F. Coleman, director of Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis, "E-business: To 'e' or not to 'e.'"

• Nov. 16 – J. Timothy McGinley, managing partner and principal of House Investments, Indianapolis, "Seeking a Lifestyle, Not a Career."

• Nov. 30 – Marjorie Magner, senior executive vice president of Consumer Group, Citigroup, New York, "A Successful Business Model."

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: A publication-quality photograph of Dean Richard A. Cosier is available at or at It is called Cosier.Richard.

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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