CEO Speaker Series

The College of Business CEO Speaker Series was created in October 2016 by Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. His goal is to create opportunities where CEOs can connect with Iowa State business students. Each lecture provides a forum where CEOs can share their path to the top, and inspire students who are preparing for their careers.

 

The next lecture, as well as past lectures, are listed below.


UPCOMING

Press Release

CEO Perspectives

Stan AskrenStan Askren

Chairman, President, and CEO

HNI Corporation

January 31, 2017

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building

Free and open to the public

 

Stan Askren will share his career experiences and his perspective gained across multiple industries, companies, functions, and roles on his path to becoming the chairman, president, and CEO of HNI Corporation.  HNI is the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States, the global leader in the hearth industry, and one of the leading Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa.

 

Biography

Askren, 56, is the fourth chairman, president, and chief executive officer in the 60-plus year history of HNI Corporation. 

 

Since joining HNI Corporation in 1992, Askren has held a variety of senior leadership positions within the company, including vice president of Marketing, executive vice president, and president of the corporation’s hearth business. He has worked in the corporation’s office furniture business as a group vice president of The HON Company and president of Allsteel Inc. He also served as the vice president of Human Resources and executive vice president of the corporation.

 

Before joining HNI, Askren held management positions at Emerson Electric Co. and Thomson, S.A. He also serves as a director on two companies:  Armstrong World Industries, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of ceiling systems, and Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles.

 

Askren grew up in Cedar Rapids and has lived in Muscatine for the past 30 years. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from Washington University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.


PAST

From Muscatine to the World Bank

Featuring

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on October 24, 2013 in Washington DC. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

 

Dr. Jim Yong Kim

President

World Bank

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building

Free and open to the public

 

A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. He previously served as president of Dartmouth College, was a co-founder of Partners In Health, and director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization.

Biography

Kim is the 12th president of the World Bank, an international financial institution founded in 1944 that offers loans, advice, and a variety of resources to more than 100 countries. The World Bank’s goals are to push extreme poverty to no more than 3% by 2030 and promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.

 

After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, Kim earned a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University. As a physician and anthropologist, Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping improve the lives of populations worldwide.  

 

Previously, Kim served as president of Dartmouth College. He was a co-founder of Partners In Health, and director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved with his family at age 5 to the United States. He grew up in Muscatine, Iowa.

 

Journey of a CEOb9315275933z-1_20141126143113_000gpc98cs29-1-0

Featuring

 

Dan Houston, ’84 Business Administration – Marketing

CEO

Principal

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building

Free and open to the public

 

During his lecture, “Journey of a CEO,” Dan Houston (’84, Business Administration – Marketing) will share how he started as a business student at Iowa State University, and became CEO of Principal, a global financial investment management leader with headquarters in Des Moines. This lecture, sponsored by the College of Business, is held in conjunction with Business Week at Iowa State University.