Illinois-based Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) Chief Executive Officer Sam Allen will speak at Purdue University Friday. The Purdue graduate's presentation is part of the Krannert School of Management Executive Forum.

August 23, 2013

News Release

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Company CEOs, entrepreneurs and Purdue University's president are among the speakers for this fall's Krannert School of Management Executive Forum.

Started in 1973, the forum is an undergraduate class for both management and non-management students, primarily seniors. The talks are open to the public free of charge as seating permits.

The forum meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. each Friday beginning Aug. 30 in Rawls Hall, Room 1086.

The class is designed to help students understand the business world waiting for them after graduation. Dates and speakers are:

Aug. 30 – Sam Allen, chairman and CEO, Deere & Co.

Sept. 6 – Mitch Daniels, president, Purdue University.

Sept. 13 – Maria Crowe, president of manufacturing operations, Eli Lilly and Company.

Sept. 20 – Brian Cardinal, assistant director, John Purdue Club.

Sept. 27 – Patricia Decker, U.S. operations director, Habitat for Humanity International.

Oct. 4 – Russell Clough, consultant, Russell G. Clough Co.

Oct. 11 – Shawn Taylor, president, Zaxby's Houston, and limited partner, Houston Astros.

Oct. 18 – Kara Eschbach, co-founder, editor in chief and publisher, Verily Magazine.

Oct. 25 – Dave Lucas, CEO, Live360 Group.

Nov. 1 – Kevin Sullivan, founder, Kevin Sullivan Communications.

Nov. 8 – Thomas Ostebo, rear admiral, United States Coast Guard.

Nov. 15 – Lima Kouassi Gnagne, director-controller, Siemens.

Nov. 22 – Gordon Kingma, CEO, IntelligenceArts.

More information on the forum can be found at

Source: Purdue University

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