CEO@Smith

Each spring and fall the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business brings in top CEOs to speak in the "CEO @ Smith" speaker series. #CEOatSmith

Bill McDermottBill McDermott
CEO, SAP

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

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Bill McDermott SAP’s more than 75,600 employees and 2+ million‐person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Under McDermott’s leadership, in 2014 SAP unveiled a strategy to help businesses of all sizes Run Simple in the digital economy. With the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, business applications and business networks, SAP serves nearly 300,000 customers in 190 countries. With more than 85 million users, SAP is the largest enterprise cloud company in the world with business networks that transact nearly $1 trillion in commerce annually.

Since 2010, McDermott’s innovation‐led strategy has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value, and profitable growth. The SAP transformation is one of many authentic stories told in McDermott’s national best‐selling book, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office.

Concluded Events for 2015

SalzbergApril 13, 2015
Barry Salzberg
CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited 

Barry Salzberg, Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL), spoke to students, faculty and alumni at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business on April 13, 2015, at the final CEO @ Smith lecture of the semester.  In a conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Kudisch, assistant dean of corporate relations, Salzberg shared his insights on the challenges of managing an organization that spans continents: the global network has 47 member firms operating in more than 140 countries, with approximately 210,000 staff members. Read more.

NooyiMarch 25, 2015
Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Organizations of all sizes need more of the entrepreneurial spirit that pervades the University of Maryland, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi said March 25, 2015, during CEO @ Smith at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. “People often think that entrepreneurship is about the little guy, the garage tinkerer  -- David going out to battle against Goliath,” Nooyi told a packed auditorium of about 400 faculty, staff and students. “I say 'no'. I think that view of entrepreneurship is incomplete.” Read more & watch video

BushFebruary 3, 2015
Wes Bush
Chairman, CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

In the largest CEO @ Smith event to date, Wes Bush, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman, discussed developing critical technologies of the defense industry and developing great employees and leaders that make those technologies happen. Read more | Watch video