HP CEO Among Dean’s Speakers This Fall

Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd will be among an impressive cast of business leaders visiting Haas this fall semester as part of the Dean's Speaker Series.

The Dean's Speaker Series kicks off this semester on Thursday, Aug. 27, with a panel discussion featuring four Google innovators, including Haas Executive Fellow John Hanke, MBA 96, vice president of product development for Google Earth, Maps, and Local. The event, co-sponsored with the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is sold out, except for annual Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum members, but a live streaming video will available. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the discussion at 7:30 p.m. in Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

In another event co-sponsored with the Lester Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Vinod Khosla, founder and partner of Khosla Ventures, will speak to the Haas community on "The Innovation Ecosystem and its Role in Shaping Our Renewable Future." Khosla co-founded Sun Microsystems, went on to become a venture capitalist with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and now is a partner at his own VC firm, focusing on social entrepreneurship and alternative energy. Before the talk, Jerry Engel, co-faculty director of the Lester Center, will present the center's Lifetime Achievement Award to Khosla during a private reception.

Mark Hurd, president, CEO, and chairman of Hewlett-Packard, will speak at the Haas School from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at a location still to be announced. Hurd joined HP as CEO in early 2005 after spending 25 years at NCR Corp., where he held a variety of management, operations, sales, and marketing roles, including CEO and COO. Since taking the reins at HP, Hurd has sharpened the company's focus on key growth opportunities, increasing revenue from $80 billion in fiscal year 2004 to $118.4 billion in fiscal 2008.

Former Haas School Dean Tom Campbell will be the final speaker in the series this fall, returning to Haas to talk at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Wells Fargo Room. Campbell served as the school's dean for five years before Dean Rich Lyons. A former US senator and California state senator representing Silicon Valley, Campbell is now running for governor of California.

For more details on the Dean's Speaker Series, visit haas.berkeley.edu/haas/about/deansspeakers.html.