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DATE: January 14, 2013 9:43:31 AM PST
Western's College of Business and Economics to Host Buzz Abercrombie Feb. 1

Contact: Kyla McCauley, Coordinator at College of Business & Economics: Center for Excellence in Management Education at (360) 650-4583 or Kyla.McCauley@wwu.edu 

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) will host Buzz Abercrombie at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.  in Academic Instructional Center West 204 on Western’s campus as part of its Strategic Management Executive Strategy Speaker Series.

This program, which is free and open to the public, brings senior business leaders to campus to interact with students and share their perspectives on strategic management, leadership, and professional development.

Abercrombie graduated with a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands and has years of experience in the steel, aluminum and plastics industries.

He has worked in the Netherlands, Suriname and the United States.  His last position before retirement was with an international business unit, where he was integral in helping to double the size and profit of the business over a five-year period to one with sales of $1 billion from 28 operating locations in 23 countries. 

He has spent most of his career at Alcoa, where he held a progression of positions with increasing responsibility in most aspects of the enterprise.  He began his career as a production engineer and subsequently held positions in corporate planning, intrapreneurship, commodity trading, metal sales and logistics, finance and business development. 

After retirement, Abercrombie served as interim chief financial officer for an East Coast charitable foundation engaged in providing services to children in troubled and underprivileged countries, where he was tasked with reorganizing and reviving a moribund finance and IT organization.

The Strategic Management Executive Strategy Speaker Series is presented by the CBE’s Center for Excellence in Management Education. The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information about these events and others, please contact Kyla McCauley at (360) 650-4583 or Kyla.McCauley@wwu.edu.

Western is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Kyla McCauley at the Center for Excellence in Management Education at (360) 650-4583 or Kyla.McCauley@wwu.edu.

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