CEO Speaker Series

The CEO Speaker series is a unique forum for leading global CEOs to share their insights on issues that are at the center of commerce and foreign policy and to speak to the changing role of business in the international community. The series is one way that CFR seeks to integrate perspectives from the business community into ongoing dialogues on pressing policy issues, such as the international economic recovery, sustainable growth and job creation, and the expanding reach and impact of technology.

Publications

Meetings

CEO Speaker Series: Retirement in the Twenty-First Century

Speaker: Roger W. Ferguson Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA-CREF
Presider: Henny Sender, Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times
June 10, 2015 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: Global Competitiveness and the Innovation Imperative

Speaker: Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, DuPont
Presider: Alan S. Murray, Editor, Fortune Magazine
December 18, 2014 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy - Growth, Innovation, and Technology: A Conversation with Michael S. Dell

Speaker: Michael S. Dell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dell Inc.
Presider: Daniel L. Doctoroff, Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg
December 3, 2014 6:00 p.m.–6:15 a.m. () - Reception
6:15–7:15 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with James P. Gorman

Speaker: James P. Gorman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley
Presider: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Chief International Correspondent, CNBC
September 12, 2014 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy with Steven A. Schwarzman

Speaker: Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Cofounder, The Blackstone Group
Presider: Maria Bartiromo, Anchor and Global Markets Editor, Fox Business Network
June 11, 2014 12:00–1:00 p.m. () - Meeting
1:00–1:30 p.m. () - Lunch

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CEO Speaker Series: The Future of Energy

Panelists: Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations, Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TOTAL S.A.; Member, CFR Global Board of Advisers, David M. Rubenstein, Cofounder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group; Vice Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Chair, CFR Global Board of Advisers, Paolo Scaroni, Chief Executive Officer, Eni; Member, CFR Global Board of Advisors
October 7, 2013 1:00–2:00 p.m. ()

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Muhtar Kent

Speaker: Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
March 21, 2013 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Mike Duke

Speaker: Mike Duke, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Presider: Daniel L. Doctoroff, Chief Executive Officer and President, Bloomberg L.P.
December 11, 2012 5:30–6:00 p.m. () - Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy: The Case for U.S. Multinationals

Speaker: John S. Watson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron Corporation
Presider: Alan S. Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2012 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast Reception
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Jamie Dimon

Speaker: Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Presider: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
October 10, 2012 12:00–12:30 p.m. () - Lunch Reception
12:30–1:30 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Ray Dalio

Speaker: Ray Dalio, Chief Investment Officer, Founder, and President, Bridgewater Associates, LP
Presider: Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC
September 12, 2012 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with James McNerney Jr.

Speaker: James McNerney Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company
Presider: David G. Bradley, Chairman and Owner, Atlantic Media Company
September 12, 2012 12:00–12:30 p.m. () - Lunch Reception
12:30–1:30 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Rex W. Tillerson

Speaker: Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Presider: Alan S. Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2012 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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Challenges and Opportunities of Global Growth: A Conversation with Sam Allen

Speaker: Sam Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deere & Company
Presider: Terry Moran, Anchor, "Nightline"
May 1, 2012 12:00–12:30 p.m. () - Lunch Reception
12:30–1:30 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: Technology and Global Growth: A Conversation with Bill McDermott, Co-Chief Executive Officer, SAP

Speaker: Bill McDermott, Co-Chief Executive Officer, SAP
Presider: Peter Cook, Chief Washington Correspondent, Bloomberg Television
April 12, 2012 8:00–8:30 a.m. () - Breakfast Reception
8:30–9:30 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: Long-Term Capitalism

Speaker: Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
Presider: Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times
April 11, 2012 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Carlos Brito

Speaker: Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Presider: Thomas H. Glocer, Former Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters
April 2, 2012 12:30–1:00 p.m. () - Lunch
1:00–2:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: It's a New World: So What Should We Do? with Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock

Speaker: Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
Presider: Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC
February 29, 2012 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Kenneth Chenault

Speaker: Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Express
Presider: Alan S. Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, Wall Street Journal
December 6, 2011 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: United States, Mexico, and Latin America with Ricardo Salinas

Speaker: Ricardo Salinas, Chairman and Founder, Grupo Salinas
Presider: Donna J. Hrinak, President, Boeing Brazil
November 16, 2011 5:30–6:00 p.m. () - Cocktail Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series, "American Revival: A Conversation with Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc."

Speaker: Jonathan Browning, President and Chief Executive Officer, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Presider: Steven Pearlstein, Associate Editor; Business and Economics Columnist, "Washington Post"
May 13, 2011 8:00–8:30 a.m. () - Breakfast Reception
8:30–9:30 a.m. () - Meeting

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"A Future Vision for Energy" with Anne Lauvergeon, CEO, AREVA

Speaker: Anne Lauvergeon, CEO, AREVA
Presider: Christine Todd Whitman, President, The Whitman Strategy Group
May 4, 2011 12:30–1:00 p.m. () - Lunch Reception
1:00–2:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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"The Mobile Revolution: Driving the Next Wave of Productivity and Growth" with Randall L. Stephenson, CEO, AT&T

Speakers: Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-at-Large, Reuters, Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T
March 30, 2011 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Reception
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Reception

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CEO Speaker Series with Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman, Nestlé

Speaker: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman, Nestlé S.A.
March 22, 2011 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast Reception
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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A Conversation with Frederick W. Smith, CEO, FedEx Corporation

Speaker: Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Corporation
Presider: Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times
January 6, 2011 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: "Regaining U.S. Economic Growth and Global Leadership: A Conversation with J.W. Marriott Jr."

Speaker: J.W. Marriott Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.
Presider: Gerald F. Seib, Assistant Managing Editor and Executive Washington Editor, "Wall Street Journal"
November 30, 2010 8:00–8:30 a.m. () - Breakfast Reception
8:30–9:30 a.m. () - Meeting

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Meeting with Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, and Richard N. Haass on "The Digital Disruption"

Speakers: Jared Cohen, Adjunct Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, Google Ideas, Google, Inc.; Former Member, Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State, Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google, Inc.
Presider: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
November 3, 2010 6:30–7:30 p.m. () - Cocktail Reception
7:30–8:30 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Thomas H. Glocer, CEO of Thomson Reuters

Speaker: Thomas H. Glocer, Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters
Presider: Mark Whitaker, Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, NBC News
October 6, 2010 6:00–6:30 p.m. () - Reception
6:30–7:30 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Paul Otellini

Speaker: Paul Otellini, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intel Corporation
Presider: Ken Auletta, Media Writer, New Yorker
October 5, 2010 12:30–1:00 p.m. () - Reception
1:00–2:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer, NYSE Euronext

Speaker: Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer, NYSE Euronext
September 28, 2010 12:00–12:30 p.m. () - Reception
12:30–1:30 p.m. () - Meeting

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CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Ivan Seidenberg

Speaker: Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon
Presider: Alan S. Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, The Wall Street Journal
April 6, 2010 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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Open Labs, Open Minds: Breaking Down the Barriers to Innovation and Access to Medicines in the Developing World

Speaker: Andrew Witty, Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline
Presider: Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Correspondent, The Economist
January 20, 2010 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast Reception
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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Too Big to Get Wrong: Getting Financial Regulatory Reform Right

Speaker: Robert E. Diamond, President, Barclays PLC
Presider: Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC
December 14, 2009 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast Reception
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - Meeting

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How Should Governments Drive Industry Change? Lessons Learned from the Global Automotive Sector

Speakers: Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Steven L. Rattner, Former Head, Auto Task Force, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Presider: David Braunschvig, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
November 19, 2009

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The Challenge of Energy: A Conversation with Tony Hayward

Speaker: Tony Hayward, Group Chief Executive, BP p.l.c.
Presider: J. Robinson West, Chairman, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer, PFC Energy
November 17, 2009 8:00–8:30 a.m. () - Breakfast Reception
8:30–9:30 a.m. () - Meeting

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The Future of Energy: A Conversation with Christophe de Margerie

Speaker: Christophe de Margerie, Chief Executive Officer, Total
Presider: Thomas Wallin, President, Energy Intelligence Group, Inc.
November 12, 2009 12:30–1:00 p.m. () - Lunch Reception
1:00–2:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy:Countdown to Copenhagen and the Climate Change Legislative Imperative

Speaker: James E. Rogers, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy Corporation
Presider: William F. Weld, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP
November 10, 2009 5:30–6:00 p.m. () - Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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The Future of Finance: A Conversation with Peter Sands

Speaker: Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered PLC
Presider: Hani K. Findakly, Chief Executive Officer, Potomac Capital
November 4, 2009 12:00–12:30 p.m. () - Lunch Reception
12:30–1:30 p.m. () - Meeting

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A Conversation with Robin Li, Cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Baidu Inc

Speaker: Robin Li, Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Baidu, Inc
Moderator: Phoebe L. Yang, General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission
September 10, 2009

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Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Business and Foreign Policy featuring David J. O'Reilly

Speaker: David J. O'Reilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron Corporation
Presider: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
November 12, 2008 12:30–1:00 p.m. () - Lunch
1:00–2:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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A Smarter Planet

Speaker: Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, IBM Corporation
Presider: Robert E. Rubin, Chairman and Senior Counselor, Citigroup
November 6, 2008 7:45–8:00 a.m. () - Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m. () - General Meeting

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