Growing in Emerging Markets: Opportunities and Challenges

Wednesday, November 14, 5:00 PM

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PwC’s annual global CEO survey seeks to understand how businesses are preparing for growth in their priority markets.

A panel of top executives will discuss themes from the survey, offering both a review of the accuracy of the survey’s predictions and also a forecast of the coming survey’s expected results. 

This program serves as a kick-off event for the next stage of the Global Business Education Initiative, a college-wide strategic project intended  to reconceptualize and expand our global business programming and activities.

5-6 p.m. Networking and hors d’oeuvres
6-7:30 p.m.  Panel and Q&A


James White, executive vice president and president, Latin America, Ecolab, Inc.
In his current role, James White is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business within all the countries in which Ecolab has a presence in Latin America. White was previously executive vice president of Asia Pacific & Latin America, executive vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and senior vice president of strategy & marketing development. White joined Ecolab in 2005 as senior vice president of strategic planning.

Prior to his tenure at Ecolab, White was president of the U.S. Consumer Products Division of International Multifoods, the largest of the company’s business units. In addition, he worked for nine years in a succession of management positions for the Pillsbury Company. His background also includes marketing experience at General Mills, sales experience with JR International and independent management consulting.

White is a graduate of Iowa State University and has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.

Christopher O’Leary, executive vice president and international chief operating officer, General Mills
Chris O’Leary oversees General Mills businesses outside of the United States and is responsible for more than 14,000 General Mills employees in more than 100 countries.

O’Leary joined General Mills in December 1997 as vice president, corporate growth. He was elected a General Mills senior vice president and named president of the Betty Crocker Division in July 1999.  He was named president of the Meals Division in 2001and held that position until 2006.

Prior to joining General Mills, O’Leary spent 17 years at PepsiCo, Inc., in both marketing and general management roles in beverages and in snack foods. He is a director of TDS Telecom Inc and chairman of the World Economic Forum Consumer Steering Board Committee.

O’Leary is a 1981 graduate of Pace University, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He  earned an M.B.A. at New York University in 1986.

Eric Buss, executive vice president for Life Time Fitness, Inc
Eric Buss holds responsibility for human resources, corporate development, risk management and insurance, media and education functions. Buss has led or played a key role in numerous events at Life Time, including the company’s initial public offering of its common stock, multiple debt and equity financing transactions, acquisitions, and the development and implementation of risk management initiatives and comprehensive talent management and succession planning processes.

Prior to joining Life Time Fitness, Inc., Buss was an associate with the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP and, before that, a staff auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP. He also served as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, where he taught introductory financial accounting. Buss holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, with a double major in accounting and finance. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is a Certified Public Accountant

Event Details:
Wednesday, November 14, 5:00 PM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
46 11th Street South
Schulze Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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