Dean’s Speaker Series for 2014-15

August 13, 2014 By unc kenan-flagler

dean's speaker series impact image 1UNC Kenan-Flagler is pleased to welcome Chuck Swoboda for the first Dean’s Speaker Series event of the academic year on Monday September 15.

Charles M. “Chuck” Swoboda is president, chairman and chief executive officer of Cree, Inc., where he and Cree are leading the LED lighting revolution to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting.  Cree is an innovator of LED lighting as well as semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications.

Chuck Swoboda

Chuck Swoboda

Chuck joined Cree in 1993, and during this time the company has grown from just over $6 million in annual revenue to nearly $1.4 billion.  Cree has created nearly 1,000 jobs in North Carolina over the last 10 years and has nearly 7,000 employees worldwide.  In 2010, Chuck was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas.  Cree was also recognized by Forbes magazine as one of America’s 25 Fastest Growing Tech Companies for 2013.

The speech will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Koury Auditorium.

Please RSVP to attend this free lecture.  Free parking will be available ONLY in the business school parking deck.

If you are unable to attend, a video of the speech will be available shortly after the event.

In addition, we invite you to mark your calendars for the following UNC Kenan-Flagler speaker events throughout the rest of the academic year.  Invitations and more information will be sent out before each event:

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 – Jeff Saturday (BSBA ’97), former NFL player with Indianapolis Colts, current analyst with ESPN

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 – Annual Weatherspoon Lecture – David Ignatius, columnist and associate editor, The Washington Post

Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015 – Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy