Boardroom Insight Archives

Boardroom Insights 2013

by Chris Johns, President, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
AUGUST 30, 2013

Chris Johns
Christopher P. Johns is President of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and a member of the utility’s board of directors.

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by Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Hamdi Ulukaya
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In just over five years, entrepreneur and philanthropist Hamdi Ulukaya has grown Chobani from a yogurt startup in central New York to a $1 billion business, making Chobani one of the fastest-growing companies in history.

by William P. Angrick, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Liquidity Services Inc.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

William P. Angrick
William P. Angrick, III co-founded Liquidity Services, Inc. in 1999 in response to the growing need by corporations to find more effective methods for surplus and returns management and disposition. He has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Office since January 2000.

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by Robert E. Moritz, Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC

OCTOBER 11, 2013

Robert  E. Moritz
Bob Moritz is the Chairman and Senior Partner of the US firm of PwC.  He is also a member of the PwC global network leadership team, which includes the senior partners from the network's four largest territories.

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by Bill McDermott, Co-CEO, SAP

NOVEMBER 1, 2013

Bill McDermott
Bill McDermott was appointed co-CEO of SAP alongside Jim Hagemann Snabe in February 2010 and was recently announced as sole CEO, effective May 2014. As a member of the SAP Executive Board and Global Managing Board, McDermott focuses on developing and executing SAP's strategy.

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by Shawn P. O'Grady, Senior Vice President; President, Sales & Channel Development, General Mills

DECEMBER 6, 2013

Shawn P. O
As senior vice president, Shawn O’Grady leads all customer activities for General Mills in the U.S. In addition, O’Grady has general management responsibility for one of General Mills’ three operating segments, the $2B Convenience and Food Service business.

Boardroom Insights 2012

by Robert Ravener, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Dollar General Corporation

Robert Ravener
Bob Ravener is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for the Dollar General Corporation, a Fortune 200 publicly traded company. In this capacity, Mr. Ravener has leadership responsibility for all Human Resources initiatives for a $15+ billion company with more than 90,000 employees in over 10,000 stores.

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by Elizabeth Saunders, Chairman of Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

Elizabeth Saunders
Elizabeth Saunders is the Chairman of Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting. She specializes in building best practices investor relations programs across a wide spectrum of clients. She also serves as senior counsel for business transformation assignments and has actively worked on post-merger communications, CEO transitions, and restructurings for Fortune 500 Companies.

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by Kirk Cordill, Managing Director, CEO - BMW Group Financial Services China

OCTOBER 5, 2012

Kirk Cordill
Kirk Cordill is the Managing Director, CEO of BMW Group Financial Services China and a Vice-President within the global BMW Group. China is currently the largest market globally for BMW having overtaken both Germany and the US in total BMW sales.

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by Dennis Strigl, Former Verizon Wireless CEO and Author of "Managers, Can You Hear Me Now?"

OCTOBER 26, 2012

Dennis Strigl
Dennis F. Strigl was president and chief operating officer of Verizon Communications until his retirement on December 31, 2009. Appointed Jan. 1, 2007, Strigl was responsible for the operations of Verizon’s network businesses — Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business — as well as Verizon Services Operations, which provides financial, real estate and other functional services to all of the corporation’s operations.

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 by Barry Salzberg, Global CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

NOVEMBER 2, 2012

Barry Salzberg

Barry Salzberg is the global Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). He assumed this position on 1 June 2011. As DTTL CEO, Salzberg leads and manages the Executive and sets the strategic direction of the Deloitte global network. The global network comprises 47 member firms operating in 150 countries, with approximately 200,000 people worldwide. Salzberg is a member of the DTTL Board of Directors and Executive committee.

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by John Veihmeyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KPMG LLP
NOVEMBER 9, 2012

John Veihmeyer
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John B. Veihmeyer is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KPMG LLP, a big Four public accounting firm that provides audit, tax and advisory services, and the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. John is the chair of the Board of Directors and is a member of the Management Committee. John also serves as the Chairman of the Americas Region, which includes the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, and Israel, for KPMG Cooperative International (KPMGI).

by James Kavanaugh, Vice President and Controller
NOVEMBER 16, 2012

James Kavanaugh
James Kavanaugh is the Vice President and Controller at IBM.  Kavanaugh joined IBM in June 1996 from AT&T Corporation, where he was the Chief Financial Officer, Americas Global Services. Since that time Mr. Kavanaugh has held a number of highly visible financial management positions at IBM.

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Boardroom Insights 2011

by Daniel F. Akerson, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, General Motors

Daniel  F.  Akerson
Daniel F. Akerson is the Chairman & CEO of General Motors. Prior to joining General Motors, Akerson was a managing director of The Carlyle Group and the head of global buyout. He served on the firm's executive committee and was based in Washington, D.C. He joined the GM board of directors July 24, 2009.

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 by Ryan McInerney, CEO Retail Services, JP Morgan Chase

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011

Ryan McInerney
Ryan McInerney is the Chief Executive Officer, Retail Services at JP Morgan Chase.

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by Alice Martin, Vice Chairman and Chief People Officer, NIBCO Inc.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Alice Martin
Alice A. Martin is Vice Chairman and Chief People Officer of NIBCO INC., a worldwide manufacturer of flow control system solutions for the residential and commercial construction markets for over 100 years.

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by Terrence W. Cavanaugh, President & Chief Executive Officer, Erie Insurance Group

OCTOBER 7, 2011

Terrence W. Cavanaugh
Terrence W. Cavanaugh, serves as president and chief executive officer of Erie Insurance Group, a regional property/casualty and life insurer based in Erie, Pa. Cavanaugh joined The ERIE in 2008 after a distinguished 33-year career with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

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by Regina Meredith-Carpeni, Chief Operating Officer for Global and Capital Markets, BNY

OCTOBER 28, 2011

Regina  Meredith-Carpeni
Regina Meredith-Carpeni is Chief Operating Officer for Global Markets and Capital Markets. She oversees a team of professionals that manage product and business strategy, e-Commerce and operations controls.

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by Thomas V. Ealy, President, Encompass Insurance

NOVEMBER 4, 2011

Thomas V. Ealy
Tom Ealy joined Allstate in 2011 to lead its independent agent channel as President of Encompass Insurance and head of the Allstate brand for independent agents.  He has 26 years of insurance experience as both a broker and underwriter in addition to stints as a management consultant and corporate financier.


by Honorable Sven Erik Holmes, Vice Chair, Legal and Compliance, KPMG LLP

NOVEMBER 11, 2011

Honorable Sven  Erik  Holmes
Sven Erik Holmes is the Executive Vice Chair, Legal and Compliance for KPMG LLP where he directs the office of general counsel, government affairs, security, communications, and the firm’s ethics and compliance programs.

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Boardroom Insights 2010

by Kirk Cordill, Managing Director, CEO - BMW Group Financial Services China

Kirk Cordill
Kirk Cordill is the Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Financial Services China. China is currently the fourth largest market globally for the BMW Group and continues to produce remarkable growth.

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by Thomas J. McCusker, former Executive Vice President for Business Conduct and General Counsel, infoGROUP


Thomas J. McCusker
Thomas J. McCusker is the former Executive Vice President for Business Conduct and General Counsel at infoGROUP.  He was responsible for the legal affairs of the Company as well as compliance with new corporate governance controls.  He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1969.

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by Ryan D. Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, United States, Senior Vice President of Finance, and Treasurer
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

Ryan D. Robinson
Ryan D. Robinson is chief financial officer, United States, senior vice president of finance, and treasurer for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. In this capacity, Robinson oversees the planning, performance management and development of Best Buy’s U.S. operations.

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by Daniel Jorndt, former Chief Executive Officer, Walgreen Co.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

Daniel Jorndt
L. Daniel Jorndt retired in January, 2003, as Chairman of the Board of Walgreen Co., the drugstore chain headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. He currently serves as consultant for the company.

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by John Rogers, Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Fund & Ariel Appreciation Fund
OCTOBER 1, 2010

John Rogers
In 1983, John Rogers founded Ariel Investments to focus on undervalued small and medium-sized companies.

He currently serves as Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Fund & Ariel Appreciation Fund.

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by Christopher P. Johns, President, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
OCTOBER 8, 2010

Christopher P. Johns
Christopher P. Johns is President of Pacific Gas and Electric company and a member of the utility's Board of Directors.  Before joining PG&E Corporation, Johns was a partner in KPMG Peat Marwick LLP.

by Gretchen R. Haggerty, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Steel

NOVEMBER 12, 2010

Gretchen R. Haggerty
Gretchen R. Haggerty is the Executive Vice President and CFO of U.S. Steel.  Sh is a native of Pittsburgh, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a law degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Boardroom Insights 2009

by Dan Hesse, Chief Executive Officer, Sprint Nextel

Dan  Hesse
Dan Hesse was named chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel on Dec. 18, 2007. Prior to his appointment as Sprint CEO, Hesse was the Chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, a $6 billion company which provided voice, data, wireless and entertainment services in eighteen states.

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by Gregg Steinhafel, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Target

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

Gregg Steinhafel
Gregg W. Steinhafel is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Target. He has been Chief Executive Officer since May 2008 and President since August 1999. He became Chairman on February 1, 2009.

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by L. Daniel Jorndt, former Chief Executive Officer, Walgreen Co.
OCTOBER 2, 2009

L. Daniel Jorndt
L. Daniel Jorndt retired in January, 2003, as Chairman of the Board of Walgreen Co., the drugstore chain headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. He currently serves as consultant for the company. Mr. Jorndt earned a pharmacy degree in 1963 from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He began his career with Walgreens that same year.

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by Pat Ward, Vice President and CFO, Cummins., Inc.

OCTOBER 9, 2009

Pat Ward
Pat Ward has been the Vice President of Cummins since 2006 and became the Chief Financial Officer in May of 2008. He has held a number of finance leadership positions in the Company over the last 20 years.

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by Kathy DiGiorno, Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Medtronic

NOVEMBER 6, 2009

Kathy DiGiorno
Kathleen DiGiorno has served as the company’s Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, reporting to the president and CEO, since 2006. In this role, Kathleen has global responsibility to ensure that ethics and compliance programs are administered on behalf of the company.

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by Roxanne Martino, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Investment Management L.L.C.

NOVEMBER 13, 2009

Roxanne Martino
Roxanne M. Martino is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Investment Management L.L.C. (formerly known as Harris Alternatives L.L.C.). Aurora Investment Management L.L.C. manages over $8 billion in funds of hedge funds designed to meet various investment mandates including multi-strategy formats

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by Michael Holston, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Hewlett-Packard

NOVEMBER 20, 2009

Michael Holston
Mike Holston is executive vice president and general counsel for HP. In addition to managing HP’s global legal function, he manages HP’s compliance, ethics, privacy and government affairs functions and the HP Company Foundation.

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Boardroom Insights 2008 

by Herb Kelleher, Executive Chairman of the Board, Southwest Airlines
SEPTEMBER 12, 2008

Herb  Kelleher
Herb Kelleher is a Founder of Southwest Airlines Co. and currently serves as its Executive Chairman, a position he has held since March 1978. From September 1981 through June 2001, Kelleher also served as President and CEO of Southwest Airlines.

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by Colleen Barrett, President, Southwest Airlines

SEPTEMBER 12, 2008

Colleen Barrett
Colleen C. Barrett is currently President of Southwest Airlines Co., a high-frequency, low-fare, point-to-point airline which prides itself in its excellent Customer Service qualities.* For Southwest Airlines, she served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2008 and as Corporate Secretary from March 1978 to May 2008, and she served as Vice President Administration from 1986 to 1990; Executive Vice President Customers from 1990 to 2001; and President from 2001 to present.

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by George R. Oliver, President, Tyco Safety Products

SEPTEMBER 26, 2008

George R. Oliver
George R. Oliver is president of Tyco Safety Products (TSP), as well as the leader of Tyco Electrical & Metal Products (TEMP). Oliver joined Tyco in 2006 as president of TSP, and was named as leader of the TEMP businesses in May 2007.

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by Tim Andree, Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu America, Inc.

OCTOBER 10, 2008

Tim Andree
Tim Andree was appointed the first American CEO of Dentsu’s U.S. operations in May 2006. Dentsu, the world’s largest, single advertising agency brand, charged Andree with the mandate to grow its operations in North America.
Based in Tokyo, Dentsu Inc.’s consolidated sales for fiscal term 03/07 were recorded at $18.7 billion.

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by Joan Payden, Chief Executive Officer, Payden & Rygel Investment Management

OCTOBER 31, 2008

Joan Payden
Joan A. Payden, CFA,is the president and CEO of global investment management firm Payden & Rygel. Payden, who in 1983 left the partnership of a large investment firm to found Payden & Rygel, is a trailblazer in the field of investment management.

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by Vera & Greg Muzzillo, Co-Chief Executive Officers, Proforma

NOVEMBER 7, 2008

Vera & Greg Muzzillo
Greg Muzzillo founded both Proforma (1978) and PFG Ventures (1986 started franchising under Proforma; 1994 formed PFG Ventures). Under his guidance, the franchising operations have grown to over 600 owners resulting in the Company being named to the Inc. Magazine 500 list of Fast Growing Companies three times. Vera Muzzillo joined the company in 2001 and brings over 15 years of commercial and investment banking as well as business consulting, lending and credit experience to Proforma.

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by Dennis Nally, Chairman and Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

NOVEMBER 14, 2008

Dennis Nally
Dennis M. Nally is Chairman and Senior Partner of the US firm and a member of the Board of Partners and Principals and the Leadership Team. First elected as the US firm’s Chairman and Senior Partner in 2002, Dennis was elected to a second term in 2006. Dennis has extensive experience serving large multinational clients in a variety of industries, principally focusing on the technology market, including computers and life sciences.

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by James E. Rohr, Chairman and CEO, The PNC Financial Services Group

NOVEMBER 21, 2008

James E.  Rohr
James E. Rohr is chairman and chief executive officer of The PNC Financial Services Group, one of the largest diversified financial services companies in the United States. Rohr joined the company through its Management Development Program in 1972. He proceeded through various marketing and management responsibilities in several Corporate Banking areas, including lending, treasury management services and merchant banking. For his leadership of PNC, Rohr was named American Banker's "Banker of the Year" for 2007.

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Boardroom Insights Schedule

Lectures are held on selected Fridays from:

  • 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
  • Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business

"Boardroom Insights" is listed as BAUG 30209 or MBGR 60220, and is open to all Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students and employees.

There are no prerequisites to enroll.

No examinations or graded assignments. Students must attend six of seven lectures in order to receive credit for the course; no excused or unexcused absences. There are no required textbook purchases for this course. From time to time, we will distribute selected reprints, journal articles or web page references. You are to read each of these in preparation for the talk to be given by the next speaker in the series. See your academic advisor or your department chair for additional details.

The public and media are welcomed.


Jean Meade
Phone: (574) 631-3277