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April 16: Carnegie Bosch Institute at Tepper School of Business Hosts Innovation Conference for International Executives


Geof Becker                   

Carnegie Bosch Institute at Tepper School of Business
Hosts Innovation Conference for International Executives

PITTSBURGH—Chief executives and senior managers from around the world convene at the Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business on Thursday, April 17, for "Multipolar Innovation, A Cross-Industry Executive Conference" hosted by the Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied Studies in International Management housed at the Tepper School.

Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon will open the conference with remarks at 8:30 a.m.  All panels and presentations will be held in the Posner Center, between the Tepper School and the College of Fine Arts on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

The conference includes a panel, "Innovation at the Crossroads of Academia & Business," at 1:30 p.m. that will include Tepper School Dean Kenneth B. Dunn; Richard McCullough, vice president of research at Carnegie Mellon; and Denise Rousseau, the H. J. Heinz II Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy with joint appointments to the Tepper School and the Heinz School.  University Professor Lester Lave, the Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics, will moderate the panel.

The conference reflects that while the U.S. has an outstanding record of innovation and of generating growth by creating new sources of revenue, the global marketplace demonstrates that many non-U.S. companies as well as overseas operations of U.S. companies have also excelled in creating value for their customers.  The conference includes speakers from international companies offering their knowledge and insights on innovations of products, markets and processes in various international businesses.  The international speakers include:

  • 9 a.m. - Satoshi Yokota, executive vice president, Embrauer, Brazil, "Innovation: Building a Global Competitive Company;"
  • 9:45 a.m. - Francisco D'Souza, president and CEO, Cognizant, U.S., "The Next Generation of Global Services Delivery;"
  • 10:45 a.m. - R. Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank, Qatar, "Changing Paradigm with Globalization of Financial Services;"
  • 11:30 a.m. - Attila Molnar, president and CEO, Bayer Corp., U.S., "Customer-centric Innovation;"
  • 1:15 p.m. - Manfred Seitz, president and CEO, Bosch Power Tools, North America, "Competing in Retailer Dominated Markets;"
  • 3:15 p.m. - Yves Moyen, partner, The Innovation Circle, Brazil, "Unleashing Massive Growth: The Low Income, Emerging Market Consumer;"
  • 4 p.m. - John Goodish, executive vice president, U.S. Steel, "Steel: Catalyst for an Emerging Europe."

The conference is free to Carnegie Mellon faculty and students.  Attendees from outside the university are asked to register online at