Category: Conversations with Ken
Allen Questrom (SMG’64), Former Chairman & CEO of JC Penney
Allen Questrom (SMG’64) is an icon of corporate America. He directed the successful turnarounds of several major department and specialty stores, including JC Penney, Barneys New York, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus. On April 8, 2014, Dean Ken Freeman sat down with Questrom to discuss his journey from BU student to retail guru.
Analjit Singh (SMG’77, GSM’79), Founder & Chairman, Max India Limited
One of the School of Management’s most influential alumni, Analjit Singh returned to the School on February 24, 2014 for a conversation on entrepreneurship with Dean Freeman. Founder and Chairman of billion-dollar conglomerate Max India Limited, Singh has transformed health care services in his native India, where he has emerged as a leading entrepreneur.
Transforming Retail in a Digital World
S.H. Lee, Homeplus Chairman
On October 16, 2013, the Chairman of Homeplus, one of Korea’s largest retailers and a branch of global leader Tesco, spoke with Dean Freeman about the future of online shopping and the importance of corporate social responsibility. Through impressive innovation, Seung-han Lee and his team are stepping into the future by implementing the world’s first virtual stores.
David Cote, Honeywell CEO
Chief Executive’s “2013 CEO of the Year” David Cote visited Boston University School of Management on October 10, 2013, for a conversation on making connections—with customers and his fellow Honeywell staff. Cote’s new behavior-based talent management system, known as “One Hon,” is inspiring and creating future CEOs of the Year.
Conversations with Ken: Bill Erbey, Chairman of Ocwen Financial, Altisource Portfolio Solutions, and Home Loan Servicing Solutions
Bill Erbey, Chairman of Ocwen Financial, Altisource Portfolio Solutions, and Home Loan Servicing Solutions
On September 30, 2013, Dean Freeman sat down with a man who has two companies on Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies list. Bill Erbey, Chairman of Ocwen Financial, Altisource Portfolio Solutions, and Home Loan Servicing Solutions, finds that strategy—finding the company’s unique competitive advantage—is the key to rising above “me too” businesses.
How the world’s 3rd largest retailer is transforming retail in a digital world.
Philip Clarke, CEO of Tesco
The CEO of the world’s 3rd largest retailer, Tesco, joined Dean Freeman on September 19, 2013, for a conversation on transforming a company during a digital revolution. Philip Clarke touched on topics like remaining a genuine leader, keeping actions consistent with values, and how to approach ethical dilemmas.
David Barger, President and CEO, JetBlue
Watch Ken Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean at Boston University School of Management, as he interviews David Barger, President and CEO of JetBlue. Barger discusses his personal leadership philosophy, the evolving definition of business in society, and JetBlue’s charge to bring humanity back to air travel.
John Ryan, President of the Center for Creative Leadership
Watch Ken Freeman, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean at Boston University School of Management, as he interviews and explores vital issues in leadership with John Ryan, President of the Center for Creative Leadership, former Chancellor of the State University of New York, former Superintendent (President) of the US Naval Academy, and US Navy Vice Admiral (retired).
Career advice from New York Times editor Adam Bryant
Adam Bryant, New York Times Senior Features Editor, spoke at Boston University School of Management about the patterns, themes, and lessons shared with him by CEOs of companies like Foursquare, Hill Holiday, Panera Bread, and Pfizer.
Weiss shares inside story of Fenway Sports Group
Ed Weiss, General Counsel of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Group, visited the School of Management in Spring 2012 and told Dean Ken Freeman the inside story about the Sox owners’ purchase of a famous soccer team in Liverpool, their investment in a NASCAR team, and NESN. Their discussion is part of our new “Conversations with Ken” video series.