UVA Darden Announces Spring 2016 Leadership Speaker Series

08 February 2016

By Dave Hendrick

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business today announced the spring schedule for its Leadership Speaker Series, which features senior executives from leading companies around the world. Leaders in their field, the executives will share their stories, expertise and advice with Darden students, faculty, staff and guests.

“We are excited to host so many influential leaders who are operating at the highest levels of business to improve the world,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley. “The stories shared by executives through the Leadership Speaker Series are a constant source of inspiration and knowledge for our students, the next generation of leaders.”

The spring 2016 Leadership Speaker Series includes:

  • 22 February: George Logothetis, chairman and CEO, Libra Group
  • 24 February: Sunil Ghatnekar (MBA ’92), CFO, Bottling Investments Group of The Coca-Cola Co.
  • 29 February: Peter Brabeck, chairman and former CEO, Nestle; Chairman, Formula One
  • 22 March: John Mackey, co-CEO, Whole Foods
  • 6 April: David MacLennan, CEO, Cargill
  • 12 April: Jim Lecinski, vice president, Americas Customer Solutions, Google

Darden establishes relationships with corporations from a variety of industries to support innovative and collaborative teaching, faculty research and recruiting. These connections enhance Darden’s efforts to advance knowledge and ideas that can be put into action for practicing managers.

The Darden Leadership Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public.

Watch videos of past Darden Leadership Speakers on Darden’s YouTube Channel. Many Leadership Speakers also join Dean Beardsley in his one-on-one video interview series, Darden Ideas to Action C-Suite Insights.

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About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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