John F. "Jack" Cassidy of Cincinnati Bell is the first guest in the 2011 Distinguished Speaker Series

The series is presented by PNC Bank and hosted by Xavier"s Williams College of Business | January 7, 2011

John F. “Jack” Cassidy, President and CEO of Cincinnati Bell, Inc., is the first speaker in the Williams College of Business Distinguished Speakers Series for 2011. Cassidy is speaking at Xavier on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Duff Banquet Hall located in Xavier’s Cintas Center.

Cassidy’s topic is “Discovering and Executing on Purpose.” The series is presented by PNC Bank.

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 educational mission of the Williams College of Business. Additionally, students, faculty, alumni and members of the business community have the opportunity to interact with the speaker at each event.

Attendance for this event is available only through table sponsorships of $2,000 each. Proceeds are used for student and faculty development. A limited number of single seats are available at $100 per seat. Registration is online only. The deadline for registrations is Feb. 2. For more information, please call 513-745-4272.

Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business, said he’s pleased to host Cassidy as a Distinguished Speaker.

“Jack Cassidy has a strong track record of entrepreneurship in leading Cincinnati Bell,” he said. “He has transformed the company into a national leader in innovation in communication technology.”

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 citizens. The effort was recently profiled on National Public Radio. 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 the university and the community.

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.