BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 4, 2009 – Three alumni of Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business will present Wachovia Distinguished Lectures this fall: Nielsen chairman and chief executive officer David L. Calhoun, Dial president and chief executive officer Brad Casper, and Wells Fargo Securities vice president Nick D'Angelo.
The events are free and open to the public, no tickets needed. The speakers will discuss the leadership opportunities, challenges, and successes they encountered in their careers here and abroad; the value of their Pamplin education; and their interest in "giving back" to the college and their communities.
Calhoun's talk, "Success in Business," is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., at Old Dominion Hall, Squires Student Center. D'Angelo's talk, "Ut Prosim," is on Thursday, Oct. 1, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., at the Holtzman Alumni Center's Alumni Assembly Hall. Casper's talk, "Leaving the Comfort Zone: Managing in the Global Economy," is on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2 - 3 p.m., at the Holtzman Alumni Center's Alumni Assembly Hall.
Calhoun, who received a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1979, was appointed to his position at The Nielsen Company in August 2006, after a 27-year career with General Electric. His last appointment there was as GE vice chairman and president and CEO of GE Infrastructure. He previously served as president and CEO of several other business units: GE Transportation, GE Aircraft Engines, Employers Reinsurance Corporation, GE Lighting, and GE Transportation Systems.
A member of the Pamplin Advisory Council and co-chair of the Campaign for Virginia Tech, Calhoun gave Wachovia Distinguished Lectures in 2000 and 2005 and was the university's commencement speaker in 2005.
D'Angelo received his bachelor's degrees in finance and management in 2000. At Wells Fargo Securities, D'Angelo coordinates the infrastructure aspects of global fixed-income trading, including technology, finance, risk management, compliance, legal, and operations. He previously served on the capital and trading oversight team in the fixed income division at Wachovia Securities and as business manager of its structured credit products group.
D'Angelo serves on the alumni advisory board of Pamplin's finance department and is a member of the Charlotte chapter of The Campaign for Virginia Tech. He has spoken on various finance topics during previous visits to campus.
Casper received a bachelor's degree in finance in 1982. He has been in his current role at The Dial Corporation, a subsidiary of German multinational Henkel, since April 2005. He was previously president of the personal care division at Church & Dwight and spent 16 years at Procter & Gamble, serving in senior management positions in the United States, China, and Japan. Earlier in his career, Casper worked for GE as a financial analyst in its aircraft engine business.
Casper serves on the Pamplin Advisory Council and on the boards of business, educational, and community organizations in the Phoenix, Ariz.-area and across the country. He gave lectures to Pamplin management and finance classes in 2007.
The Wachovia Distinguished Speaker series in the Pamplin College has featured senior executives from Wachovia, GE, IBM, Ralph Lauren, KPMG, Siemens Corporation, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, among others.
Pamplin magazine featured David Calhoun in its fall 2005 issue and Brad Casper in its spring 2008 issue. Download these cover stories from the issue archives of Pamplin magazine.
With a visitor’s pass, parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street, or the Shultz Hall Lot, located off Alumni Drive near the North Main Street campus entrance. Parking meters within the Squires Lot will need to be paid. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located on Southgate Drive.
Free parking is also available at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.