Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Distinguished Speakers

Distinguished Speaker Series with Bill McDermott, Co-CEO, SAP
Dean Bill Boulding hosts Distinguished Speaker Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP SE.


Since 1984, the Dean's Office of The Fuqua School of Business has hosted the Distinguished Speaker Series, bringing a variety of corporate leaders to Duke's campus. The speakers provide significant educational enrichment that is a natural complement to the school's curriculum.

The objective of the series is two-fold. It brings high-profile corporate leaders to one of the world's leading business schools to share their insights on current business issues and corporate strategies. The program also builds and strengthens the relationship between Fuqua and the world's leading corporations.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is supported by Dean Bill Boulding, and the series is open to the Duke University community.   


2016 - 2017 Speakers

Sep. 29, 2016 Sam Allen, Chairman and CEO, Deere & Company
Oct. 3, 2016   General Martin Dempsey, Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Nov. 3, 2016 Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors Company
Nov. 8, 2016   David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group
Nov. 30, 2016 Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Dec. 2, 2016Adam Silver, Commissioner, National Basketball Association
Jan. 30, 2017 Tony Scott, U.S. Chief Information Officer 
Mar. 1, 2017 Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines 
Apr. 6, 2017 Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP SE
Apr. 18, 2017  John McNabb II., Former Chairman and CEO, Willbros Group


Past Speakers




  • David S. Taylor, Group President, Global Health & Grooming, P&G - View YouTube video
  • Jack O. Bovender, Jr., Retired Chairman & CEO, Hospital Corporation of America
  • Joseph R. Swedish, CEO, WellPoint
  • David Gergen,Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Professor of Public Service, Harvard Kennedy School - View YouTube Video
  • Jeremy Grantham, Chairman and Co-Founder, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo Company



  • Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather - View Youtube video 
  • N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Infosys



  • Craig Mundie, Chief Research & Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation - View video in Fuqua's iTunes library
  • Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext - View video in Fuqua's iTunes library
  • Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Paul Levy, CEO, Beth Israel Hospital
  • George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports
  • Bob McDonald, CEO, Procter & Gamble


  • Stephen Quinn, Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Walmart U.S. 
  • Timothy Flynn, Chairman, KPMG LLP
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder & CEO, Acumen Fund
  • Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International
  • Ron Nicol, Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Pietra Rivoli, Professor, Georgetown University & Author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy
  • Frank Mars, President, Mars Symbioscience, Mars, Inc. 


  • John Mack, Chairman & CEO, Morgan Stanley
  • Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman & CEO, Kraft Foods, Inc. 
  • Arkady Dvorkovich, Assistant to the President, Russian Federation
  • Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, J.P. Morgan