Lonnie C. Poole Jr. College of Management at North Carolina State University

Bill McDermott

Chief Executive Officer

SAP [Postponed; new date TBA]

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wachovia Executive Lecture Series

Wells Fargo Executive Series: Since 1992, this executive lecture series has provided our students and guests from the business community the opportunity to learn from some of the nation's - and the world's - leading executives as they talk about their careers and leadership experiences. Poole College appreciates Wells Fargo's ongoing support of the Wells Fargo Executive Lecture Series.

Time & Directions

Presentations are held 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in 3400 Nelson Hall (Nelson Auditorium). Directions to the College

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  • Bill McDermott

    Chief Executive Officer

    SAP [Postponed; new date TBA]


    Bill McDermott, a personal champion of customer centricity, leads SAP’s 74,500 employees and more than 2 million-person ecosystem in executing the company’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives. He is a passionate believer in engaging up-and-coming young leaders and is a frequent speaker on leadership topics.

  • Past Lectures
  • Lynn Good

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Duke Energy


    Lynn Good has led the largest electric utility in the United States since July 2013. Duke Energy now serves approximately 21 million people in the Southeast and Midwest. Lynn previously served as CFO and earlier led Duke Energy’s commercial and international energy businesses. SNL Energy in 2013 named her one of the 10 most influential people in the energy sector. Prior to joining the utility industry in 2003, Lynn had been a partner at Deloitte & Touche and earlier had been a partner at Arthur Andersen.

  • Scott C. Ganeles

    Chief Executive Officer



    Scott Ganeles has a history of successful entrepreneurial initiatives, starting with the co-founding of the Carson Group, a pioneer in investor relations services that was sold to Thomson Financial. He was then recruited by Merrill Lynch to head up i-Deal, which later became Ipreo. In 2013, he was named E&Y’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” for financial services in the New York region. View slides from his presentation. Presentation Link

  • Kelly S. King

    Chairman and CEO

    BB&T Corporation


    Kelly King has held a number of executive positions during 31 of his 42 years of service with BB&T, and is credited with leading the institution to continued profitability and financial stability through the economic downturn that began in 2008.

  • James C. Mullen

    Chief Executive Officer



    James Mullen has more than 30 years' experience in industries ranging from biotechnology to pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals. He was CEO of Patheon while DPx Holdings (now parent company of Patheon), was being formed, and CEO and president at Biogen Idec Inc., during its merger.

  • Tom Pike

    Chief Executive Officer



    As CEO, Tom Pike is responsible for driving Quintile’s growth as the world’s leading provider of biopharmaceutical services. He spends much of his time with customers, learning more about the challenges they face and helping them to navigate the complex healthcare environment with greater productivity and predictability.

  • Christopher B. Curtis

    President and CEO

    Schneider Electric North American Operating Divsion


    For over 15 years, Chris Curtis has been guiding the strategy, growth and evolution of Schneider Electric and is a key thought leader in Intelligent Energy, driving the company’s comprehensive range of “right-now” energy solutions. He is actively involved in the Alliance to Save Energy and serves on Board of Governors for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, among other organizations. He has been in his current role in 2008.

  • James H. Speed, Jr.

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company


    A Certified Public Accountant, James Speed joined North Carolina Mutual, the oldest and largest insurance company in America with roots in the African-American community, in 2002, following a successful career with Hardee’s Food Systems. He helped to guide the company’s strategic development plan and was named to his current role in 2004. In addition, he serves on the boards of several financial, civic and philanthropic organizations.

  • Richard Noll

    Chairman and CEO



    Richard Noll has served as chairman of the board of directors since January 2009, as Hanesbrands’ chief executive officer since April 2006, and as a member of the board of directors since the formation of Hanesbrands in September 2005. From December 2002 until the completion of the spinoff from Sara Lee in September 2006, he also served as a senior vice president of Sara Lee and has held other leadership roles in the company.

  • Dennis R. Slagle

    Executive Vice President

    Volvo Group Trucks & Sales Marketing


    Dennis Slagle assumed his current role at Volvo on January 1, 2012, with responsibilities for the commercial operations of all Volvo Group’s truck brands in both North and South America. Previously, he was president and CEO of Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Trucks North America, and president and CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment North America. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the North American construction equipment industry.

  • Rick Hendrick

    Owner, Hendrick Motorsports

    Chair, Hendrick Automotive Group


    Rick Hendrick combined his value of a hard day's work and passion for autos to create a portfolio that includes auto sales and service, and racing. Hendrick Automotive Group includes more than 100 franchises and 7,000 employees across 12 states. Hendrick Motorsports supports four teams in NASCAR's elite Sprint Cup series.

  • Ward Nye

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Martin Marietta Materials


    Ward Nye joined Martin Marietta in 2006, after 13 years with the London-based Hanson PLC's North American Group. He has served on the North Carolina Mining Commission and on the boards of several professional, business and academic organizations. He received the AggMan of the Year award from Aggregates Manager magazine, and the Martindale-Hubbell's AV rating while practicing as an attorney prior to his corporate roles.

  • James G. Carlson

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer



    James Carlson’s career in health insurance spans more than 30 years. He became Amerigroup’s second CEO in September 2007, after serving as its president and COO. Under his leadership, Amerigroup more than doubled the number of state Medicaid programs it serves, and revenues grew to $5.8 billion. He is the founder of HealthSpring and serves on the National Kidney Foundation and Virginia Gov. McDonnell’s Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council, among other boards.

  • Stephen F. Angel

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Praxair, Inc.


    Steve Angel joined Praxair, Inc, in 2001 as executive vice president, responsible for its businesses in North America, Europe and Asia, and healthcare. He also is a director on the boards of PPG Industries and the U.S.-China Business Council, and a member of the Business Roundtable, The Business Council and the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide.

  • Samuel R. Allen

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Deere & Company


    Since joining Deere & Company in 1975, Samuel Allen has held positions of increasing responsibility, including executive and senior officer roles. He also serves as chairman of the Council on Competitiveness, among other roles. Deere & Company is a world leader in providing advanced products and services for those whose work is linked to the land, including those who help to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.

  • John G. Stumpf

    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Wells Fargo & Co.


    John Stumpf is a 29-year veteran of Wells Fargo, starting in the loan department of its predecessor, Norwest Corporation, in 1982. He held several leadership roles at Norwest, including head of the Southwestern Banking Group when Norwest merged with Wells Fargo in 1998; leading the integration of Wells Fargo's acquisition of First Security Corporation in 2000, and in 2008 leading one of the largest mergers in history with the purchase of Wachovia.

  • Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.

    President and Chief Executive Officer



    Prior to his current position, Roger Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and member of the company's executive committee. He has served as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, voting member of the Federal Open Marketing Committee, chair of the Financial Stability Forum, and chair of numerous Federal Reserve Board committees.

  • Chuck Swoboda

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



    Chuck Swoboda devoted his career to evolving Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) from a technology to a business. Since joining Cree in 1993, he has held numerous executive positions influencing and leading Cree's culture, technology and business from near start-up to today's market leadership. He continues to guide Cree's leadership in the LED revolution, setting the stage to make energy-wasting traditional lighting technologies obsolete through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting.

  • Kenneth Lowe

    Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President

    Scripps Networks Interactive


    Ken Lowe was elected chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. in 2008. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of The E. W. Scripps Company, after being named president and chief operating officer and a director in January 2000. Prior to rejoining the corporate office in Cincinnati, he was chairman and CEO of Knoxville-based Scripps Networks.

  • Fred Morganthall


    Harris Teeter


    Fred Morganthall II joined Harris Teeter in1986 as director of grocery merchandising. Since then, he has served as vice president of merchandising, vice president of distribution and vice president of operations. In 1994, he was elected to Harris Teeter’s Board of Directors, and became president in 1997.

  • John Veihmeyer

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



    John Veihmeyer joined the Washington D.C. office of KPMG in 1977 and was elected to the partnership in 1987. Between 2005 and June 2010, he served as U.S. Deputy Chairman. Previously, Veihmeyer was global head of risk management & regulatory and a member of KPMG’s international executive team. Earlier, he was KPMG’s managing partner for the Mid-Atlantic area, and managing partner in Washington, D.C.

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