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Top business executives share insights in Notre Dame lecture series

by Carol Elliott

August 31, 2009

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Chief executive officers from companies including Target Corp. and Sprint Nextel will talk about current business issues as part of the annual Boardroom Insights lecture series offered by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

The purpose of the Boardroom Insights series is to invite executives to reflect on critical issues and experiences in the business world, sharing their insights in a mix of lecture and discussion sessions. Topics vary from speaker to speaker, ranging across the spectrum of business concerns in order to expose students to the opportunities and challenges inherent in today’s global business environment. Speakers select ideas they feel are relevant and valuable to students’ development as they prepare for a professional career.

Dan Hesse, chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel, starts off the series Thursday (Sept. 3). A Notre Dame graduate, Hesse is considered a wireless industry veteran, having previously served as chairman and CEO of Embarq Corp.; chairman, president and CEO of Terabeam Corp.; and as the president and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, at the time the nation’s largest wireless carrier.

With the exception of the first lecture by Hesse, which will take place at 4 p.m., all lectures will be at 10:40 a.m. in the Mendoza College’s Jordan Auditorium. Talks are free and open to the public.

The complete schedule for the 2009 Boardroom Insights series is:

  • Sept. 3: Daniel Hesse, CEO, Sprint Nextel
  • Sept. 18: Gregg Steinhafel, CEO, Target Corp.
  • Oct. 2: Daniel Jorndt, former CEO, Walgreen Co.
  • Oct. 9: Pat Ward, vice president and chief financial officer, Cummins Inc.
  • Nov. 6: Kathy DiGorno, vice president, Medtronic Co.
  • Nov. 20: Michael Holston, vice president, Hewlett-Packard

More information about the Boardroom Insights series is available online at http://business.nd.edu/news_and_events/speaker_series/boardroom_insights/