Cincinnati Bell, Inc. President/CEO John F. Cassidy at Xavier University

January 6, 2011

John F. “Jack” Cassidy, President and CEO of Cincinnati Bell, Inc., will speak at Xavier University on Wednesday, February 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Duff Banquet Hall located in Xavier’s Cintas Center. This is the first presentation for the Williams College of Business Distinguished Speakers Series for 2011. Mr. Cassidy will speak on “Discovering and Executing on Purpose.” The Distinguished Speakers Series is presented by PNC.

Attendance for this event is available only through table sponsorships. A table of eight can be reserved for $2,000. Proceeds are used for student and faculty development. In addition to the presentation and lunch, your company receives its name on the table. A limited number of single seats are available at $100 per seat. Registration is online only and opens January 3 at For more information please call 513-745-4272. Registration deadline is February 2, 2011.

Cassidy oversees strategy and operations for a company that earns $1.3 billion a year in revenue. In 2008, Forbes magazine hailed him as “the most honest man in telecomm.” Outside the workplace, Cassidy spearheads a nationally-recognized tutoring program with Cincinnati’s Taft Information Technology High School, which gives inner-city youth the education and training they need to be productive, responsible citizens. The effort was recently profiled on NPR’s The Story.” Cassidy also serves on the boards of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Cincinnati Business Committee, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

Cassidy has been named “Cincinnatian of the Year” by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and “Man of the Year” by the Cincinnati Friars Club. This year, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business for his contributions to UC and the community.

Cincinnati Bell is one of the nation’s most-respected and best-performing local exchange and wireless providers, with a legacy of unparalleled customer service excellence and financial strength. Cincinnati Bell provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services to residential and business customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Xavier’s 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 education 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 Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati Reds, former Procter & Gamble President and CEO A.G. Lafley, E.W. Scripps President and CEO Kenneth Lowe, Ellyn McColgan, president of Fidelity Brokerage Company, Sara Mathew, president and COO of Dun & Bradstreet, and current Procter & Gamble president and CEO Bob McDonald.

“Jack Cassidy has a strong track record of entrepreneurship in leading Cincinnati Bell,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. “He has transformed the company into a national leader in innovation in communication technology. We are delighted to host him as Distinguished Speaker at Xavier University.”