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 Cincinnati Reds CEO and Castellini Co. Chair Robert Castellini, Procter & Gamble President and CEO A.G. Lafley and E.W. Scripps President and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe.
“We have expanded the educational boundaries through unique opportunities such as the Distinguished Speakers Series,” says Williams College of Business Dean Ali Malekzadeh. “This innovative program has increased the interaction among our three stakeholders: students, faculty and staff, and the business community, including alumni.”
Dillon’s path into the corporate world began with his graduation from the University of Kansas in 1973 with a degree in business followed by a law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1976. By 1986, he was president of Dillon Cos., which had merged with The Kroger Co. three years earlier. In 1990, Dillon was elected executive vice president of Kroger and in 1992 was named chairman of the board of Dillon. In 1995, he was elected to the Kroger board. Also that year, he was named president and chief operating officer of Kroger. In 2003, he was named chief executive officer of Kroger when Joseph Pichler retired as CEO. In 2004 he was elected chairman of the Kroger board. He has 31 years of management experience in the supermarket industry.
The Kroger Co. is one of the largest retailers in the U.S. with 310,000 associates and more than 3,600 supermarket, convenience and jewelry stores under two dozen names. The company also operates 42 manufacturing plants. Kroger is consistently recognized for its community service efforts and in 2007 was named Retailer of the Year by members of America’s Second Harvest, the largest hunger relief organization in the nation. Kroger, which was founded in Cincinnati in 1883, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2008.
Attendance for this event is available only through table sponsorship. The proceeds from this event are used for student and faculty development. In addition to the presentation and lunch, your company receives its name on the table and in the event program. For sponsorship specifics call 513 745-3131.
The Distinguished Speakers Series is sponsored by National City.