Spring 2013 CEO Speakers
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
B. Muthuraman, Vice Chairman, Tata Steel
B. Muthuraman Concludes CEO@Smith Speaker Series
Muthuraman joined Tata Steel in 1966 and has held various positions during
his 47-year tenure at the company, including vice president (of both Marketing &
Sales and Cold Rolling Mill Projects), executive director, managing director,
and non-executive vice chairman. Currently he is the chairman of Tata
International Ltd., Tata Africa Holdings Ltd. and serves on the boards of Bosch
India Ltd., Tata Industries and Strategic Energy Technology Systems Ltd.
Under his visionary leadership, Tata Steel became a truly global company. The
acquisition of Corus, UK and Netherlands in 2007 was a landmark event in the
history of both Indian steel and India itself, heralding the coming of age of
Indian companies on the global map.
In 2012, Muthuraman was conferred with the prestigious Padma Bhushan award,
given by the government of India for his significant contribution to Indian
trade and industry. Among his many other awards are the CEO of the Year Award
from Business Standard and an Economic Times Award for Corporate Excellence.
A pre-eminent Indian thought leader, he has a vested interest in lifelong
learning. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in
from IIT, Madras and his MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, he went on to complete
leadership and management programs at the European Centre for Executive
Development and INSEAD.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer
Electronics Association (CEA)®
Be Ninja Innovators, Revive the Economy: Top Strategist to Smith Students
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer
technology companies. CEA also owns and produces the International CES®, the
world’s largest annual innovation event.
Shapiro is the author of CEA’s two bestselling books: Ninja Innovation: The
Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses, which was just
released in January 2013, and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the
American Dream, published in 2011. Ninja Innovation examines the critical
characteristics of highly successful companies and individuals through the lens
of Shapiro’s martial arts training.
Few people are more qualified to speak about technology-driven change than
Shapiro. He believes that innovation, when supported by a policy environment
that enables entrepreneurship and technology-led change, can drive the U.S.
economic recovery. Shapiro has led the technology industry for more than 30
years through seismic shifts and the revolutionary changes, including the
transition from analog to digital TV. He has testified before Congress more than
20 times on technology and business issues including HDTV, the Internet,
intellectual property and innovation policy.
A prolific writer, Shapiro contributes regular columns to Forbes.com, the
Daily Caller and the Huffington Post. His writing has also appeared in CEO
Magazine, FoxNews.com, The Hill, the New York Times, Politico, Real Clear
Politics, Roll Call, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times and more. He
is regular guest on Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News and
MSNBC. Follow him
on Twitter @GaryShapiro.
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Mike Kahn, President, ATK Defense
Spring CEO@Smith Launches
with ATK Defense President
Mike Kahn is a senior vice president for ATK and president of ATK Defense.
ATK is a Fortune 500 aerospace, defense and commercial products company.
Kahn has extensive background across aerospace and defense, serving in
multiple senior leadership positions within ATK, where he was responsible for
overall management of defense, space, strategic and commercial system businesses
and related operations.
Combining his MBA and degree in electrical engineering, Kahn strongly values
customer relationships and employee engagement. He has received numerous awards
for leadership and management, and fosters a workforce culture centered on
meeting commitments, performance excellence and continuous improvement.