Each year, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business brings in top CEOs to speak in the "CEO @ Smith" speaker series. Check back soon for details on the next event. Follow online at #CEOatSmith

Concluded Events

Arne SorensonApril 26, 2016
Arne Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Arne M. Sorenson leads Marriott International, Inc., a global leading lodging company with more than 4,400 lodging properties in 87 countries and territories, and reported revenue of more than $14 billion in FY 2015. Previously, Sorenson has served as Marriott’s chief operating officer, executive vice president, chief financial officer and president of Continental European Lodging. He co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council in 2007 and in 2008 he launched the company’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil. Sorenson also chairs committees responsible for monitoring and evaluating Marriott’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities globally. Sorenson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Read more & watch video.

Bill McDermottFebruary 11, 2016
Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott is a fantastic storyteller with tremendous energy. The CEO of SAP enthralled an audience of students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with tales of his life experiences. From his first entrepreneurial venture, to his most memorable sale, to his an overhaul of the worst branch at Xerox, to what he learned from a terrible accident, McDermott had his audience on the edge if their seats.

“The one thing I talk a lot about is always having dreams, goals and wanting to be the absolute best at what you do for a living,” he said. “Pushing to be the best at what you do is so invigorating. … You gotta win, but you gotta win the right way. Winning the wrong way is losing in the end and your character will reveal itself. Keep that in mind as you climb the ladder.” Read more.

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

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