Global businessman Dick Kearns returns to St. Bonaventure University with a panel of international business executives for the fourth annual Kearns Global Business Lecture.
“Globetrotters: Working Internationally” is the topic of this year’s presentation, which will begin at 4 p.m. March 31 in the Rigas Family Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the St. Bonaventure campus.
“Living and working outside the U.S. can be a life-changing developmental experience,” said Kearns, a 1972 graduate of St. Bonaventure and senior advisor for Zurich Insurance Group. “Our panel of Globetrotters will share how their international work experiences enhanced their leadership and interpersonal skills while honing their global business acumen.”
Committed to helping business students learn how to work across countries and cultures, Kearns and his wife Maureen launched the Kearns Global Business Lecture Series in 2013 as a way to highlight diverse perspectives on global business matters.
From 2002 to his retirement in 2011, Kearns was based in Switzerland as Zurich’s Chief Administrative Officer and Member of the Group Management Board. He is also a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner where he held senior global roles. Currently, he serves on the Boards and Audit Committees of Zurich’s U.S. subsidiaries.
Joining Kearns on the panel will be:
Jennifer Torneden, who serves as vice president and regional sales director for Zurich Insurance Group. Torneden spent more than six years in Zurich’s Swiss Corporate Headquarters in a variety of finance roles, including implementing a Sarbanes-Oxley internal control framework in more than 25 countries.
Brian Kearns, currently vice president and CFO of BH Aircraft Co. Brian Kearns began his career with the global professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY), serving in the firm’s Audit and Advisory practice. During his 15-year tenure with EY, he participated in two international tours to London and Dublin, working throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Donard Gaynor, who is a retired senior executive of Beam Global Spirits & Wine where he played a key role in Beam’s IPO and also was chief executive of Beam International. A former senior executive of Seagrams and a PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner, Gaynor has held global roles throughout his career, including extensive time in the Asia/Pacific region. He is currently a consultant and independent director.
“Each of our distinguished guests has traveled a different path to his or her global position,” said Dr. Carol Fischer, interim dean of Business. “They will discuss the opportunities and potential pitfalls of choosing to work in the global arena.”
In the Q&A session, the panel will address how students can best explore global career opportunities and give their insights into corporate international assignment programs, Dick Kearns added.
The panel discussion will be live streamed at www.sbu.edu/KearnsLecture.
The discussion is free and open to the public. Local business leaders are encouraged to attend.
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