Oct 11, 2022
Once again, St. Bonaventure alumnus and global businessman Richard P. "Dick" Kearns, '72, comes home to St. Bonaventure University, bringing along a panel of international business executives for the ninth annual Kearns Global Business Lecture.
The presentation, titled “Getting Back to Business 2.0: Continuing Challenges in the Post-Pandemic World,” will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Rigas Family Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the St. Bonaventure campus.
The event will be livestreamed at https://video.ibm.com/channel/st-bonaventure-university-live-stream.
“This year’s lecture continues our dialogue on the lasting effects of COVID-19 on businesses, including a discussion of the global impact of rising inflation,” said Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business. “Dick and his Globetrotter Team are working closely with our students to deliver a lively and informative session for our audience. It’s always a pleasure to welcome them back to campus.”
Dick Kearns ‘72 serves on the Board of Directors of Zurich North America Insurance Co. From 2002 until 2011, he was based in Switzerland as Zurich’s Group Chief Administrative Officer and member of the Group Management Board. Prior to joining Zurich, he spent 30 years at PwC in senior roles, including as Vice Chairman.
Dick served as a St Bonaventure University Trustee from 2000 to 2009. He is a recipient of the University’s Gaudete Medal, 2017 Alumnus of the Year, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2019. He received a BBA in Accounting and is a CPA
Joining Kearns on the panel will be:
Vice President & CFO, BH Aircraft Co.
Kearns is CFO and a board director of B.H. Aircraft, a leading manufacturing company serving the aerospace and defense industries. He began his career with EY, where he spent 15 years in various audit and consulting roles, including multiple international assignments serving global clients throughout Europe and the Middle East. He also served in financial positions at Goldman Sachs and Pall Corporation. He received a BS in Accounting from Providence College and is a CPA.
Donard P. Gaynor
Chairman, Glanbia, Plc.
Gaynor is Group Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Glanbia, an Irish based global nutrition group with operations in 32 countries. He previously served in senior executive positions at Beam Global Spirits, Seagrams and PwC. Gaynor serves on the boards of other internationally based companies and has held global roles throughout his career in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. He is both a CPA and Chartered Accountant.
Thomas McCarthy, ’10, ’13
Manager, Learning + Development, Marriott International
McCarthy currently serves as Manager, Learning + Development at Marriott International, working with the company’s hotel and field sales teams across North America. Since 2013, he’s worked in a variety of sales roles with The Ritz-Carlton and W Hotel brands, most recently as the inaugural sales executive for W Nashville. Additionally McCarthy chairs ONE, Marriott’s LGBT+/Ally associate talent network. A St. Bonaventure graduate, he received a BBA in Marketing in 2010 and an MBA in 2013. He also worked in the SBU Admissions Office while pursuing his graduate degree.
Senior VP Marketing and Sales, Legal & General America Insurance
Before joining LGA Insurance in 2020, Torneden served in global and national leadership roles at Aon and Zurich Insurance. She lived and worked in Switzerland for eight years. Torneden received the 2019 Women to Watch Award from Business Insurance Magazine and holds a BS in Finance from George Mason University and an MBA from Columbia University. She is the executive sponsor of LGA’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, designed to accelerate change among executives, employees, and customers.
The event is free and open to the public. Kearns and his team welcome local businesspeople to attend.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2020, St. Bonaventure was named the #2 regional university value in New York and #3 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.