Geschke, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University and an M.S. in mathematics and an A.B. in classics, both from Xavier University, founded Adobe Systems in 1982 with John Warnock. A respected and inspiring leader in the software industry for more than 25 years, Geschke retired from his position as president of Adobe in 2000 and continues to share the chairmanship of the board with Warnock.
During his presentation at Xavier, Geschke will describe the lessons learned on the journey from a Silicon Valley start-up to becoming a major player in the software industry. He will also discuss the impact of national support for science education in the 1960s, the risk-taking environment of Silicon Valley and the corporate culture that nurtures the growth of successful high-tech companies. In particular, he will illustrate why ethical values are critical to business success.
The Distinguished Speakers Series brings top-level business, academic and political leaders to campus to discuss world issues, introduce new ideas, generate discussion and further the educational mission of the college. Additionally, students, faculty, alumni and members of the business community have the opportunity to interact with the speaker at each event.
Previous Distinguished Speakers include Robert Castellini, chairman of Castellini Co. and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds, Procter & Gamble President and CEO A.G. Lafley, E.W. Scripps President and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe and Ellyn McColgan, president of Fidelity Brokerage Co.
Proceeds from this event are used for student and faculty development. For more information please call 513 745-2820 or visit www.xu.edu/williams/dss/index.html.