Chairman Of Electronic Data Systems To Speak At Baylor Sept. 17

Sept. 2, 2002
News Photo 518Dick Brown, chairman of EDS, will speak at Baylor Sept. 17 as part of the Ben H. Williams Distinguished Speakers Series sponsored by the Hankamer School of Business.

by Alan Hunt

Richard "Dick" Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), will speak at Baylor University on Tuesday, Sept. 17, as part of the Ben H. Williams Distinguished Speakers Series sponsored by the Hankamer School of Business.

Brown will speak at the noon lunch attended by Waco and Central Texas community leaders and students on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Building at the business school. His topic will be "Building a High Performance Business Culture."

In December 1998, Brown joined EDS, a global services company that provides strategy, implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. The Dallas-based company, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world's leading companies and governments in 60 countries with a global professional staff of more than 140,000 employees. Reported revenues were $21.5 billion in 2001.

Before his appointment at EDS, Brown served as chief executive of Cable & Wireless PLC in London and as a member of its board of directors. While there, he engineered a series of alliances, acquisitions and divestitures that brought the company into cable television and made it a major player in Internet technology. Brown has spent 28 years in the telecommunications industry, holding a number of executive-level positions that include CEO of Illinois Bell and executive vice president of Sprint Corp. Earlier, Brown had served as president and CEO of H&R Block Inc.

He serves on numerous boards of directors such as The Home Depot, DuPont and Vivendi Universal and on committees such as the President's Advisory Committee on Trade & Policy Negotiations and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He holds a 1969 B.S. degree cum laude from Ohio University and has an honorary doctorate from James Madison University.

The Ben H. Williams Distinguished Speakers Series honors the memory of Ben Williams, who was a member of the 1923 charter class of Baylor's School of Commerce and Business Administration -- today's Hankamer School of Business. An Outstanding Alumnus of Baylor and a trustee of the university, Williams endowed a fellowship in 1953 that today funds five separate professorships at Baylor.

For more information about the Sept. 17 program, call 710-6190.

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