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Berges Lecture Series 2009

The Berges Lecture Series is presented each fall by the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business and Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide. The series features senior executives speaking on their experiences of the ethical dimensions of business.


The Ethical Implications of the Recent Financial Crisis

by John Russell, Former Salomon Brothers executive and currently in a consulting firm in Chicago

September 9, 2009

John  Russell

John Russell, the former managing director of Midwest Fixed Institutional Sales and Structured Product Sales for Salomon Brothers/Citigroup, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame in 1981. After 22 years with Salomon Brothers, Russell retired in 2006, and in 2007 started money management firm Relative Value Partners with some former colleagues

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The Importance of Ethical Leadership

by John E. Rooney, CEO, U.S. Cellular

September 23, 2009

John  E.  Rooney

Jack Rooney joined U.S. Cellular Corp. as president and CEO in April 2000. He previously worked for Ameritech Corp. for nine years, serving as president of Ameritech Consumer Services from 1997 to 1999, president of Ameritech Cellular Services from 1992 to 1997 and vice president/treasurer from 1990 to 1992. Prior to Ameritech, Rooney held executive positions with Firestone Tire and Rubber Corp., Pullman Inc., and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Corporate Responsibility of Multinational Corporations

by Neville Isdell, Former Chairman and CEO, Coca Cola Company

September 30, 2009

Neville Isdell

Neville Isdell is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. After 43 years in the Coca-Cola system, Mr. Isdell retired in April 2009 after leading a seamless transition to his successor.
Building on an incredibly rich and successful history, Mr. Isdell took the world’s largest beverage company to new heights during his tenure.

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Instilling Ethical Principles into an Organization

by Barbara Porter, Vice President, Business Development and Customer Service, Nicor National

November 2, 2009

Barbara Porter

Barbara R. Porter is Vice President, Business Development and Customer Service for Nicor National,
an unregulated subsidiary of Nicor Inc. (NYSE: GAS), and an affiliate of Nicor Gas, one of the nation’s
largest natural gas distribution companies.

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Can a Value be Placed on Values?

by David H. Langstaff, Former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Veridian

November 17, 2009

David H. Langstaff

DAVID H. LANGSTAFF, 55 years old, was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Veridian Corporation since its formation in 1997 until its sale to General Dynamics in August 2003. Veridian was an advanced technology company that specialized in mission-critical national security programs primarily for the intelligence community, military and other U.S. Government agencies involved in law enforcement and homeland security.

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