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The Fuqua School of Business & Coach K Leadership Conference will bring together more than 15 chief-executive level leaders to speak on topical and relevant organization practices. The Conference will explore key perspectives and skills that participants need to lead effectively in today's uncertain times. Speakers represent a spectrum of perspectives and diversity in industry and functional backgrounds.

2010 Conference - Confirmed Speakers

 

Fernando Aguirre
President and Chief Executive Officer, Chiquita Brands International, Inc.

DeLisa Alexander
Senior Vice President, People and Brand, Red Hat, Inc.

Kerrii B. Anderson
Former Chief Executive Officer and President, Wendy's International, Inc.

Joseph Bailey III
Managing Partner, Global Sport Leadership Advisory Group, Heidrick & Struggles
Former CEO, Dolphins Enterprises, the Miami Dolphins, and Dolphins Stadium

John Perry Barlow
Founder, Electric Frontier Foundation and Managing Partner, Algae Systems

Mark Bernstein
Chief Executive Officer, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

Don Browne
President, Telemundo Communications Group

John Calkins
Executive Vice President, Global Digital and Commercial Innovation, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Jerry Colangelo
Chairman, NBA Phoenix Suns and Chairman, USA Basketball

Alfred A. Edmond Jr.
Senior Vice President & Editor-in-Chief, BlackEnterprise.com

Eric Garland
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Big Champagne

Fred Goldring
Founder, Goldring Strategies
Member, The President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities (appointed by President Obama)

L. Gregory Jones
Vice President and Vice Provost, Global Strategy and Programs, Duke University

Mike Krzyzewski
Coach, U.S. National Men's Basketball Team, Head Coach, Duke Men's Basketball and COLE Executive-in-Residence

Alison Levine
President, Daredevil Strategies; Captain of First American Women's Team to Mt. Everest; first American woman to complete the Adventure Grand Slam -climbing the highest peak on each continent and skiing to both the North and South Poles

Sheri S.  McCoy
Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group, Johnson & Johnson

Mark Reuss
President, General Motors North America

Blair Sheppard
Dean, The Fuqua School of Business


 

Fernando Aguirre

President and Chief Executive Officer, Chiquita Brands International, Inc.

Fernando Aguirre is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chiquita Brands International, Inc., a publicly held company, where he assumed the leadership role in January, 2004. The company has $3.5 US billion in revenues and sells products worldwide with the Chiquita brand on bananas, healthy snacks and smoothies, and Fresh Express salads in the United States.

Prior to Chiquita, Aguirre worked for more than 23 years in brand management, general management and turnarounds at Procter and Gamble (P&G). Aguirre began his P&G career in 1980 in marketing in Mexico, moved to Cincinnati in 1986, then moved to Canada in 1988, and in 1991 became General Manager of laundry, household and cleaning products back in Mexico.

In 1992, Aguirre became President & GM of P&G Brazil, then President of P&G Mexico in 1996. He was then transferred to the U.S. in 1999 to become Vice President of P&G's global and U.S. snacks and food products. In July 2000, Aguirre was promoted to President of global feminine care. In July 2002, Aguirre was named President, special projects, reporting to P&G's Chairman and CEO, working on strategy.

He serves on the board of directors for Chiquita Brands International, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Levi Strauss & Company and is also a member of the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is also a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO) Intercontinental Chapter, and the WPO, Chief Executive and G100 organizations. He has attended the prestigious YPO Harvard President's seminar for the past 10 years earning HBS graduate status in 2009.

A native of Mexico, Aguirre obtained a baseball scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he competed four years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a specialty in marketing in 1980. He was elected to the Athletic Hall of Fame at SIUE in 2007 and to the alumni Hall of Fame in 2009. Aguirre is married and has two sons, ages 22 and 18. He holds a Tae Kwon Do brown belt, plays golf, was certified as an open water scuba diver in 2007, and he is an avid reader.

DeLisa Alexander

Senior Vice President, People and Brand, Red Hat, Inc.

DeLisa Alexander, Senior Vice President, People and Brand, leads Red Hat's people and brand efforts, including global human resources, Red Hat University, and the corporate brand team. The organization's mission is to be a strategic partner to the business in acquiring, developing, and retaining talent and to enhance the Red Hat culture and brand. In 2009, Triangle Business Journal named Red Hat one of the Best Places to Work in the North Carolina Triangle. Alexander serves on the Board of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the NC State Management College Diversity Board and the Advisory Board of the Raleigh Junior League. In 2010, Alexander received a “Women in Business” executive award from the Triangle Business Journal.

Alexander joined Red Hat in 2001 and served in the office of General Counsel until mid-2006, most recently as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. During this time, Alexander was responsible for, among other items, equity and executive compensation, trademark, copyright, and employment matters. Alexander also advised the company's management and board of directors on securities and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Red Hat, Alexander was associated with the law firm Kilpatrick Stockton where she focused on mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, and intellectual property licensing. She started her career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable William B Chandler, Chancellor of the renowned Delaware Court of Chancery. Alexander graduated magna cum laude with a BBA from James Madison University, holds an MBA from University of Baltimore and earned her Juris Doctor, with distinction, from George Mason University.

Kerrii B. Anderson

Former Chief Executive Officer and President, Wendy's International, Inc.

Kerrii B. Anderson, is the former chief executive officer and president of Wendy's International. She joined the company in September 2000 as executive vice president and chief financial officer and was promoted to the CEO position in April 2006. She left on September 29, 2008 upon the merger of Wendy's with Triarc

Prior to joining Wendy's, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for 14 years for M/I Schottenstein Homes, Inc., a NYSE company that is one of the nation's leading builders of single-family homes.

Anderson is a member of the board of directors of the following public companies: Chiquita Brands International (CBQ), Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LH), P.F. Changs (PFC), and Worthington Industries. She is also a member of the following nonprofit organizations: Columbus Foundation Audit Committee, Ohio Health Finance Committee, and Elon University Board of Trustees.

Joseph Bailey III

Managing Partner, Global Sport Leadership Advisory Group

Joe is Managing Partner, Global Sport Leadership Advisory Group. The Group advises on effective leadership and talent strategy in the “global sport ecosystem.”

Joe has held leadership roles – both global and domestic, with the Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League/World League, the National Thoroughbred Horseracing Association, and the InterCompete Group. Most recently, he was CEO of Dolphins Enterprises, the Miami Dolphins, and Dolphins Stadium. His overall experience in building, starting, or turning around complex entities brings a unique insight, perspective, and value.

Joe attended the University of North Carolina where he earned his AB in Political Science. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

John Perry Barlow

Founder, Electric Frontier Foundation and Managing Partner, Algae Systems

John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming rancher (and native), a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organizaton which has been protecting the free flow of information on the Internet since 1990. He remains on the board of that organization. He has been writing about society in Cyberspace since 1988 and was first to apply that name to the global social space it presently describes. He was a founding Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and is presently engaged in starting a company, Algae Systems, that aspires to turn sewage into carbon negative jet fuel. He is the father of three daughters and his primary aspiration is to be a good ancestor. 

 

Mark Bernstein

Chief Executive Officer, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

Mark Bernstein has directed one of the world's premier centers of research innovation since 2001, when he led PARC through its transition from a research division of Xerox to an independent research business. Under Bernstein's leadership, PARC has broadened its research agenda and established a commercial perspective, while retaining close strategic ties with Xerox.

Motivated by his passion for moving technologies out of research, Bernstein has evolved PARC's business strategy, defined its organizational structure, and expanded customer relationships. Leading nearly 200 of the world's top experts in diverse fields, he is driven to see the results of their work influence the world in many and meaningful ways.

Don Browne

President, Telemundo Communications Group

Don Browne is the President of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc. A broadcast television veteran, Browne oversees all functions of the Telemundo television network and its 16 owned and operated stations, including the Programming division, Telemundo Studios, and News and Sports. In addition, he is responsible for Telemundo International and Telemundo Cable, as well as Telemundo's Digital Media initiatives and the network's advertising and marketing efforts. 

Browne was named President of Telemundo in April 2005. Shortly after taking the helm, he renewed the network's commitment to its original programming model and implemented a strategic reorganization which has resulted in the game-changing, rebirth of Telemundo. Under his steady leadership, the network has secured its place in the industry as the leading producer of innovative, compelling and relevant Spanish-language content for U.S. Hispanics. He has established Telemundo as the Hispanic media company of today and the future.

During his tenure, Browne has set in motion numerous initiatives that have further solidified and defined the network's position within the Spanish-language television landscape as well as fulfilled the network's founding principles of Pioneering and Innovation, Excellence in Journalism and Service to the Community. Browne led the strategic buy-out of Telemundo-RTI Productions and the acquisition of Tepuy International Corporation to create Telemundo Studios Miami, LLC and Telemundo International, respectively. He also spearheaded the launch of the Telemundo Channel, a cable and online channel in Mexico in partnership with Televisa and the inauguration of the network's state of the art headquarters and news bureau in Mexico City. Browne also led the charge of the successful re-launch and relocation to Los Angeles, California of Telemundo's Latino youth channel mun2. Browne is the visionary behind the creation of the bi-coastal “Taller Telemundo,” an innovative educational program designed to inspire, discover, recruit and train the next generation of telenovela writers and actors.

John Calkins

Executive Vice President, Global Digital and Commercial Innovation, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

John Calkins is Executive Vice President, Global Digital and Commercial Innovation for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment responsible for the digital transactional exploitation of SPE's film and television properties around the world, as well as developing and helping to implement an integrated approach to the home entertainment market across both digital and physical channels of distribution.

Previously at Sony he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), responsible for driving corporate initiatives in emerging business areas, coordinating corporate and divisional investments and divestitures and overseeing the implementation of the SPE mid range planning process. Prior to coming to Sony Pictures, he was President of Warren N. Lieberfarb & Associates (WNLA), and came to WNLA from Warner Bros, where he ultimately held the post of Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development and Strategy.

Prior to joining Warner Bros, Calkins was with McKinsey & Company, as an Associate Principal in its Los Angeles office. He received his MBA from Duke University 's Fuqua School of Business as a Fuqua Scholar, and is active on a number of private company and charity boards of directors.

Jerry Colangelo

Chairman, NBA Phoenix Suns and Chairman, USA Basketball

Jerry Colangelo is the Chairman of USA Basketball's Board of Directors.  Colangelo developed a USA Senior National Team program that ultimately would include 33 top players and some of basketball's most respected coaches, including 2006-08 USA Basketball Senior National Team head coach and Duke University's Hall of Fame mentor, Mike Krzyzewski.  During this three year period, the USA Basketball Program compiled a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record and just as importantly reestablished the USA team as positive ambassadors for the United States and the sport. The USA squad culminated the quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA's first gold in a major international competition since 2000.  Throughout his storied career as a sports executive, Jerry Colangelo has succeeded with a unique combination of know-how both on the basketball court and on the business side of the operation. That savvy and experience has enabled Colangelo to be regarded as one of the top owners in professional sports.

Colangelo is widely recognized for his major influence on the growth of the NBA. With the Pheonix Suns, his roles have included general manager, head coach, president, managing general partner, chief executive officer and now chairman. Colangelo's impact on the sports scene in Phoenix has been so great that the Arizona Republic named him the Most Influential Sports Figure in the state of Arizona for the 20th century and The Phoenix Business Journal voted him the top businessperson in the Valley for the last five years. Nationally, he has been ranked among The Sporting News most powerful people in sports for the last 10 years.

Alfred A. Edmond Jr.

Senior Vice President & Editor-in-Chief, BlackEnterprise.com

Alfred Edmond Jr. is senior vice president/editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com. He is responsible for the long-term planning and development of the Website's content, as well as the hiring and overall supervision of the editorial staff, which consists of editors, writers/bloggers, and contributing editors.

Edmond sits on the black enterprise editorial board and is also responsible for helping to set and enforce quality standards for the editorial content of the major franchises of black enterprise , including BlackEnterprise.com; black enterprise magazine; Black Enterprise Magazine's Keys to a Better Life podcast series; live networking events, such as the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo and the Women of Power Summit; and the Our World with Black Enterprise and Black Enterprise Business Report television shows.

From 2000 through 2008, Edmond held the position of senior vice president/editor-in-chief of black enterprise magazine. During his tenure as chief editor of black enterprise (beginning in 1995 when he was named executive editor), the magazine's circulation more than doubled to a rate base of 525,000 for 2008. In addition, the magazine has earned seven Folio: Editorial Excellence (Eddie) Awards in the business/finance consumer magazines category, a Griot Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, and more than a dozen other editorial and design awards. A nationally recognized expert on business and economic trends, Edmond appears regularly on television and nationally syndicated radio, and is a highly sought-after public speaker. An award-winning reporter and editor, he has been recognized by TJFR Business News Reporter as one of America 's 100 Most Influential Financial Journalists.

Eric Garland

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Big Champagne

Eric Garland is the founder and CEO of BigChampagne Media Measurement, a new kind of music metrics company charting the new business of music.

BigChampagne's Ultimate Chart (UltimateChart.com) uncovers what's really popular -- and where -- from Apple to YouTube (and everywhere in-between).

Eric contributed data and analysis to Chris Anderson's New York Times best-seller "The Long Tail" and partnered with Radiohead on "In Rainbows, On Torrents," a critical examination of the band's pay-what-you-wish album experiment. Colorful stories from his early career were told in Steve Knopper's history "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age."

Eric is a founding board member of Autism Beat, a music therapy non-profit. His many advisory board memberships include mobile application developer Tapulous (Tap Tap Revenge) and the digital initiative of the Recording Academy (The Grammys), where he has served alongside artists Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West. Eric was formally recognized for his outstanding contribution to the Recording Academy in 2007.

WIRED magazine declares BigChampagne is "the Nielsen ratings" of online music. Fast Company: "The Ultimate Chart will shake up an industry." The New York Times: "BigChampagne taps into a common frustration about how success can be measured." Bob Lefsetz: "It's like we're putting glasses on the music industry, the details are finally coming into focus." MTV: "synthesizes the statistics and determines which songs are truly the biggest."

 

Fred Goldring

Founder, Goldring Strategies
Member, The President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities (appointed by President Obama)

Fred Goldring spent several decades practicing entertainment law as one of the top deal-making attorneys in the music industry and a founding partner of the Beverly Hills based firm Goldring, Hertz, & Lichtenstein, LLP, where he represented many of the biggest recording and performing artists in the world. Fred recently left the practice of law to become a full-time entrepreneur, forming the strategic consulting firm Goldring Strategies, where he consults companies on innovative marketing strategies and new product initiatives. Fred is also a partner in several media, technology, new product, and international renewable energy start-up ventures.

Fred serves as a Member of The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, having been appointed by President Barack Obama in February 2010.

L. Gregory Jones

Vice President and Vice Provost, Global Strategy and Programs, Duke University

Dr. Greg Jones serves as Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs for Duke University. He has served in administrative leadership at Duke for many years, serving as Dean of the Divinity School (1997-2010) before becoming Vice President and Vice Provost in 2010.

Dr. Jones is well-known and respected for his international vision and relationships on such issues as forgiveness and reconciliation, leadership, and social entrepreneurship. He is the author or editor of thirteen books, including the acclaimed Embodying Forgiveness and, most recently, Everyday Matters and the co-authored Resurrecting Excellence. Since 2007 he has served as the primary executive for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. In addition, he writes a regular column for Leadership Education's web magazine, "Faith & Leadership" ( www.faithandleadership.com ). Dr. Jones has also delivered major lectures and addresses at numerous colleges and universities.

Dr. Jones's administrative leadership at Duke has been marked by significant new interdisciplinary and interschool initiatives. Known for his entrepreneurial leadership, Dr. Jones has a tremendous record of fund-raising. During the Campaign for Duke (1998-2003), Dr. Jones led the Divinity School in raising more than 102 million dollars.

Dr. Jones has traveled extensively, developing international partnerships as well as teaching and delivering lectures. In addition, he has consulted on the development of new educational institutions in multiple countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski

Head Basketball Coach, Duke Men's Basketball and Executive-in-Residence, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)

Mike Krzyzewski is the head coach of Duke University's Men's Basketball Team and a COLE Executive-in-Residence at The Fuqua School of Business.  Since 2005, Coach K has also led the U.S. National Men's Basketball Team, directing the United States to the 2010 FIBA Gold Medal at World Championships in Turkey, 2008 Olympic Gold Medal in Beijing and will also lead Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

He is widely recognized for his leadership in leading Duke to four NCAA Championships and 11 NCAA Final Four appearances in his 30 seasons at the helm.  He has been named the National Coach of the Year twelve times in eight different seasons.  He enters the 2010-11 season with 868 career wins, just 35 wins shy of becoming the all-time winningest coach in Division I history .

Author of two New York Times best sellers, “Leading with the Heart” and “Beyond Basketball - Coach K's Keywords to Success ”, he is a frequent motivational speaker for Fortune 500 companies. His most recent book is The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team . Coach K is also host of the successful Sirius XM Satellite Radio show, Basketball and Beyond .

Alison Levine

Founder and President, Daredevil Strategies

Alison Levine is a history-making adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. She has climbed the highest peak on each continent, served as team captain of the 1 st American Women's Everest Expedition and has skied to both the North and South Poles. She holds an MBA from Duke University and is currently an adjunct instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. Having spent prolonged periods of time in some of the world's most dangerous and inhospitable places, Levine addresses the topics of creating cohesive teams, taking responsible risks and developing no-nonsense leaders that can succeed in times of uncertainty.

She is also the founder of consulting firm DareDevil Strategies TM , which focuses on organizational effectiveness. In 2005, she founded the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in Africa by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains so they will have the skills to earn a sustainable living wage through climbing-related tourism.

Sheri S.  McCoy

Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group, Johnson & Johnson

Sheri S. McCoy is worldwide chairman, Pharmaceuticals, and a member of the Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee. She assumed responsibility for the Pharmaceuticals Group in January 2009 following a diverse career in the Corporation's Consumer and Medical Device businesses.

Ms. McCoy began her Johnson & Johnson career in 1982 as a scientist in the research and development organization supporting the Consumer women's health business. Advancing through positions of increasing responsibility, she ultimately became the senior global R&D leader for that organization. She then moved into a m arketing role in the Consumer skin care business.

Soon thereafter, Ms. McCoy was named Global President for the baby products and wound care franchises. She held that position until she was named Company Group Chairman of the Corporation's Ethicon medical device business in 2005. At that time, she also became a member of the Medical Device & Diagnostics Group Operating Committee, and assumed responsibility for the Group's businesses in Latin America. Three years later, she was named Chairman of the Surgical Care Group of which Ethicon was part, and became a member of the Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee.

In early 2009, Ms. McCoy was named worldwide chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Group. She represents the Corporation on the board of PhRMA, the industry trade association, and is a member of the board of the National Quality Forum and of the Institutes of Medicine's Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Healthcare. She serves as a board member of FIRST, a non-profit organization created to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology; a member of the Rutgers University President's Business Leaders Cabinet, and as a board member of Stonehill College.

Ms. McCoy holds four U.S. patents. She has a B.S. degree in textile chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, a master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Mark Reuss

President, GM North America

Mark Reuss was appointed president of GM North America on December 4, 2009. Before this appointment, he briefly served as vice president of Engineering. Reuss managed GM's operations in Australia and New Zealand as the president and managing director of GM Holden, Ltd., from February, 2008 until July 2009. He also served on the GM Asia Pacific Strategy Board.

While in Australia, Reuss served as President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. He led negotiations for long-term government support and a 10 year policy plan to restructure the Australian auto industry. Notably, he was lauded by the Australian Prime Minister and key State Premiers when he returned to the U.S.

Reuss began his career with General Motors in 1983 as a student intern. He has held numerous engineering and management positions across GM brands, including Chief Engineer roles in GM's large luxury car vehicles, and manufacturing body shop tooling launches.

In June, 2001, Reuss was named executive director, architecture engineering and GM Performance Division. He started the new GM Performance Division and launched associated production and racing vehicles including the V-Series Cadillacs and SS Chevrolets. In October 2005, Reuss was appointed executive director of North America vehicle systems and architecture. The following year, he was named executive director of global vehicle integration, safety, and virtual development.

Reuss received a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1986 and a master's degree in business administration from Duke University in 1990. He is a certified industry pool test driver on the North Course of the famed Nürburgring motorsport race track in Nürburg, Germany, and has earned his license for Grand American Road Racing.

Reuss is member of the Horizon Upward Bound/Cranbrook Schools Board of Directors and a member of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors. He is also GM's key executive for Penn State University.

Blair Sheppard

Dean, The Fuqua School of Business

Blair Sheppard is Dean of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and Chair and Founder of Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE). He has offered consulting services to governments and over 100 companies, with extensive research on corporate strategy, relationship management, structure, and leadership resulting in over 50 books and articles.

Sheppard, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, received his bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD from the University of Illinois. Sheppard joined Fuqua's faculty in 1981 and conceived The Duke MBA – Global Executive in 1996, and was instrumental in developing Fuqua's global strategy. In 1997, he became Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and founded Duke Corporate Education in 2000.