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

Bill Toler (Class of '81)

President and CEO


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wachovia Executive Lecture Series

Poole College Executive Lecture Series: Since 1992, this Poole College has presented this executive lecture series, providing 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. This series is supported by a gift from Wells Fargo.

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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  • Mark Costa

    Chairman and CEO

    Eastman Chemical Company


    Since joining Eastman as leader of strategy, marketing and business development in 2006, Mark has been instrumental in developing the strategies and strengthening the capabilities that have led to its greatest period of growth, accelerating its transformation to a specialty chemical company. In 2013, he was named president of Eastman Chemical Company and was appointed to the company’s board of directors. He assumed his current position in 2014.

  • Bill Toler (Class of '81)

    President and CEO



    Bill Toler became president and CEO of Hostess Brands, LLC., in April 2014, bringing more than 30 years’ experience in the CPG industry to his role. Previously, he was a senior advisor to Oaktree Capital focused on the food and beverage industries. He also held leadership roles with AdvancePierre Foods, Inc. Pinnacle Foods and key positions at ICG Commerce, Campbell Sales Company, Nabisco, Reckitt & Colman and Procter & Gamble.

  • Past Lectures
  • Mark Costa

    Chairman and CEO

    Eastman Chemical Company


    Since joining Eastman as leader of strategy, marketing and business development in 2006, Mark has been instrumental in developing the strategies and strengthening the capabilities that have led to its greatest period of growth, accelerating its transformation to a specialty chemical company. In 2013, he was named president of Eastman Chemical Company and was appointed to the company’s board of directors. He assumed his current position in 2014.

  • Bill McDermott

    Chief Executive Officer



    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. This presentation will be a conversation with Ira Weiss, Poole College dean, on the topic: "A Winner's Dream: from corner store to corner office."

  • Greg Scheu

    President, Americas Region



    In addition to his role for ABB Americas region, Greg is a member of ABB’s Group Executive Committee and head of business integration and group service. He has held various management positions since joining ABB in 2001, including oversight of the integration and acquisition of Baldor Electric Company Thomas & Betts. He is a member of the NEMA Board of Governors and U.S. Business Roundtable.

  • Cindy Whitehead

    Co-founder and CEO

    Sprout Pharmaceuticals


    Cindy has 22 years’ experience in healthcare product and corporate brand development, including building entrepreneurial start-ups into successful organizations. Prior to Sprout Pharmaceuticals, she co-founded and led all operational functions at Slate Pharmaceuticals, which commercialized the first FDA-approved long-acting testosterone preparation for men, Testopel, in the field of sexual medicine. She led the sale of Slate to GTCR/Actient Pharmaceuticals in 2011, spinning out SproutPharmaceuticals to pursue the first FDA drug approval for women’s most common sexual dysfunction.

  • Mark Templeton

    President and CEO



    As president and CEO of Citrix, Mark Templeton leads the Citrix vision for a software-defined workplace, where virtualization, mobility management, networking and SaaS solutions are united to enable new ways for businesses and people to work better. As a popular and provocative speaker, he has shared his perspective and technology vision with audiences at events such as CIO 100 and Interop.

  • 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, which 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, 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.

  • Bob Bruggeworth

    President and Chief Exectutive Officer

    RF Micro Devices


    RF Micro Devices, Inc. (RFMD), based in Greensboro, N.C., is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor components. It is a preferred supplier to the world’s leading mobile device, customer premises and communications equipment providers. Previously, Bob Bruggeworth was president of RFMD’s wireless products group and vice president of wireless products.

  • Dave Singer

    Chief Exectutive Officer

    Lance Corporation


    Lance, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., manufactures and markets snack foods throughout much of North America, selling products under the Lance, Cape Cod, Tom’s, Archway, and Stella D’oro brand names, and private labels. Before joining Lance, Singer held senior positions at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, including most recently executive vice president and CFO.

  • John Mack


    Morgan Stanley


    Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment and wealth management services in 42 countries. Since first joining the firm in 1972, John Mack has held senior positions including president, COO and a director of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. He was also co-CEO of Credit Suisse Group and CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston before rejoining Morgan Stanley in 2005.

  • Chris Kearney

    Chief Executive Officer

    SPX Corporation


    Chris Kearney was been with SPX since February 1997, serving initially as vice president, secretary, general counsel and officer. He was named president and CEO in December 2004, chairman in May 2007, and director in 2004. Previously, he was senior vice president and general counsel of Grimes Aerospace Company.

  • Charles Holliday

    Chairman and CEO (retired)



    Charles Holliday has served as DuPont's chairman of the board since 1999, and was CEO from 1998 until his retirement in January 2009. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, chairs the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and is a founding member of the International Business Council. He co-authored "Walking the Talk," which makes a business case for sustainable development and corporate responsibility.

  • John J. Brennan

    Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor

    The Vanguard Group, Inc.


    John J. Brennan joined Vanguard, one of the world’s largest investment management companies, in July 1982. He was elected president in 1989, served as CEO from 1996 to 2008 and chairman of the board from 1998 to 2009. Brennan is chairman of the Financial Accounting Foundation, a director of LPL Financial, and a governor of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

  • Robert J. Greczyn, Jr.

    President & Chief Executive Officer



    Bob Greczyn joined BCBSNC in 1998, with 20 years of leadership experience in health care. He was named president in 1999 and CEO in April 2000. He serves on both the Board of Trustees for BCBSNC and on the board of the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. He has a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Public Health fro the University of North Caroilna at Chapel Hill.

  • Alexander Cutler

    Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer



    Alexander Cutler assumed his current position in August 2000, after serving as Eaton’s president and COO since 1995. He began his career with Cutler-Hammer in 1975 as a financial analyst and became business group controller in 1977. After Eaton acquired Cutler-Hammer, he was made a division controller in 1979 and advanced through several leadership positions to his current role.

  • Susan Ivey

    Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

    Reynolds American Inc.


    Susan Ivey became chairman of Reynolds American in January 2006, and president, CEO and director in January 2004, with more than 20 years’ industry experience. Previously, she was chairman of R.J. Reynolds and president and CEO of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation. She has an MBA from Bellarmine University and a bachelor’s from the University of Florida.

  • Dennis Gillings, CEB, PhD

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Quintiles Transnational


    Dr. Dennis Gillings began providing statistical consulting and data management services to pharmaceutical clients in 1974 during his 15-year tenure as professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Quintiles arose from his consulting activities and was incorporated in 1982.

  • Past Lecture - Scott Custer

    Chief Executive Officer

    RBC Bank


    Scott Custer guides RBC Bank's overall strategy and operations, managing for growth and strong returns. Additionally, he leads the RBC Bank Board of Directors in setting business strategies. In his previous role as president of RBC Centura Bank, Custer was responsible for retail and commercial banking delivered through RBC Centura's regional market structure. Custer has 25 years of experience in the financial services sector.

  • Jim Whitehurst

    President and Chief Executive Officer



    Jim Whitehurst was named president and chief executive officer of Red Hat in December 2007. He joined Red Hat from Delta Airlines where he served most recently as chief operating officer, responsible for operations, sales and customer service, network and revenue management, marketing and corporate strategy. He holds a general course degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • William J. Amelio

    Chief Executive Officer & President



    Bill Amelio joined Lenovo from Dell Inc. where since 2001 he served as senior vice president (Asia-Pacific and Japan). From 2000 - 2001, Amelio was executive vice president and chief operating officer of NCR Corporation's Retail and Financial Group. He has held leadership roles with Honeywell International Inc., AlliedSignal Inc., and a wide range of senior management positions with IBM.

  • Ursula M. Burns




    Burns is responsible for global research, engineering, marketing and manufacturing of Xerox technology, supplies and related services. She also oversees the company's IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, marketing operations, and global accounts. Burns worked her way upward after starting at Xerox as an intern more than 27 years ago.

  • J. Frank Harrison

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

    Coco-Cola Bottling Company


    Frank Harrison began his career with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated in 1977 at the Raleigh bottling facility. He has since served as general sales manager in Raleigh, general manager in Charlotte, corporate vice president, vice chairman, and vice chairman/CEO. He became chairman/CEO in December 1996.

  • William Johnson

    Chairman, CEO and President

    Progress Energy


    William Johnson is chairman, president and CEO of Progress Energy, Inc. Prior to joining Progress Energy, he was a partner at Hunton & Williams where he specialized in representation of utilities. He serves on the boards and executive committees of Edison Electric Institute and Nuclear Energy Institute. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

  • Sam Palmisano

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



    Sam Palmisano was appointed chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of IBM Corporation January 6, 2003. Before being appointed CEO, he played a vital role in creating and leading IBM’s Global Service. Palmisano served as senior managing director of operations for IBM Japan. He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the London Business School.

  • John Allison

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    BB&T Corporation


    John A. Allison became president of BB&T Corporation in 1985. He currently serves as its chairman and chief executive. Along with his work for BB&T, he also is a member of American Bankers Association and The Financial Services Roundtable. He holds a B.S from UNC Chapel Hill and a MBA from Duke University.

  • David Swanson

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    R.H. Donnelley


    After joining R.H. Donnelley in 1985 as an account executive, David C. Swanson has seen increasing responsibility in senior management positions, including executive vice president of sales and chief operating officer. He currently serves as chief executive officer. Swanson is also vice president of the Board of Directors for the Yellow Pages Association.

  • James W. Owens

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



    James W. Owens is chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc. Since joining the company in 1972 as a corporate economist, he has held many management positions. Some of these positions include, chief economist of Caterpillar Overseas, vice president and chief financial officer. Owens graduated from NC State University with a doctorate in economics.

  • Robert Niblock

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Lowe’s Home Improvement


    Robert A. Niblock was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Lowe’s Companies Inc. January 2005. Prior experience with Lowe’s includes executive vice president, chief financial officer, senior vice president of finances and treasurer. Niblock holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Mike Zafirovski

    President and Chief Executive Officer



    Mike Zafirovski joined Nortel in 2005 as president and CEO, bringing his 30 years’ experience in leading innovation companies, including General Electric and Motorola. He has a bachelor’s and an honorary doctorate degree from Edinboro University.

  • Bob Reynolds

    Chief Operating Officer



    Robert L. Reynolds has served 22-years at Fidelity Investments and is its current vice chairman and chief operating officer. He has helped to make Fidelity the largest provider of 401(k) in the United States. Under his leadership, the company has grown by more than 100-fold. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from West Virginia University.

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