WMU News

Stryker CEO to speak at WMU Nov. 9

Nov. 2, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- John W. Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Kalamazoo's Stryker Corp., will speak at Western Michigan University Tuesday, Nov. 9, as part of the Haworth College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series.

Brown will describe "Some Leadership Lessons for Business" at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall. He is expected to discuss some important lessons for business leaders which he has learned during his years as a corporate executive.

Business and community leaders from Southwest Michigan, as well as WMU faculty, staff and students, will attend the event. While the lecture is by invitation only, media representatives are welcome to attend. Brown will be available immediately following the lecture to answer questions from the media related to his presentation.

Brown, whose background is in chemical engineering, became president and CEO of Stryker in 1977 and added the role of chairman in 1980. In addition to his role as head of the medical products leader, he serves on the board of directors for National City Corp., Lunar Corp. and Arthur D. Little Inc. He also is director of the American Business Conference and of the Health Industry Manufacturers Association.

The Distinguished Speaker Series, now in its fourth year, brings business, education and government leaders to campus to discuss a variety of topics of interest to the University and Southwest Michigan. It is coordinated by Dr. Christopher M. Korth, WMU professor of finance and commercial law.

Media representatives interested in attending should call Cheryl P. Roland in the Office of University Relations, (616) 387-8412.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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