Andy Cecere, president of U.S. Bank, will discuss “The Role of Technology and Innovation in Financial Services” at the next First Friday Speaker Series program sponsored by Alumni Relations at the University of St. Thomas.

Andy Cecere

Andy Cecere

The luncheon program begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall on the University’s St. Paul campus. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch is served at noon and the program ends at 1:10 p.m. Now in its 26th year, the series is returning to campus after being held at off-campus locations for many years.

The programs are open to alumni and the public. The cost is $30; to register or for more information visit the Alumni Relations website or call (651) 962-6430.

As president and chief operating officer of U.S. Bancorp, Cecere is responsible for his bank’s core lines of business: consumer and small-business banking, wholesale banking and commercial real estate, payment services, and wealth management and securities services. Cecere previously served as vice chairman and chief financial officer of U.S. Bancorp from 2007-15 when he was responsible for the company’s finance, accounting and treasury functions, as well as corporate real estate, procurement, corporate communications and the U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp. Cecere graduated from St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance. He then went on to get an MBA in finance at the University of Minnesota.

Other speakers in the First Friday series will be:

  • Dec. 2, Richard Leider, CEO of Inventure, speaking at the alumni Christmas luncheon on “The Power of Purpose.”
  • Feb. 3, Dave MacLennan, CEO of Cargill, speaking on “The Future of Renewable Energy.”
  • March 3, Maureen Bausch, Super Bowl CEO, speaking on “Super Bowl LII.”
  • April 7, Tony Fisher, retail and health care executive, speaking on “Leadership Lessons From the Cube to the Boardroom.”
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