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Local Executives to Discuss Technology at 'Wired for Success' Forum

Local business leaders will gather for the Duquesne University forum “Wired for Success,” during which they will discuss how information technology (IT) investments have enabled their companies to grow. The event is being held from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Duquesne Room of the Duquesne Union on Thursday, Oct. 13.

“This forum is a great opportunity for the region’s business executives to share the lessons they’ve learned from their recent IT investments,” said Business Dean Alan Miciak. “Often, local events like these focus solely on more technical aspects of IT. However, our forum will address on how IT has enabled and improved companies’ business processes and allowed them to grow.”

The forum is presented by the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration and the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business, and sponsored by the schools’ Information Systems Management Advisory Board.

Distinguished Service Professor Thomas J. Murrin, who previously served as president of Westinghouse Energy and Advanced Technology Group, will moderate the forum’s panel discussion. Panel participants will include:

  • Mike Howard, senior vice president of corporate services and chief financial officer of Medrad, who will explain the role of IT in the development and implementation of Medrad’s total quality management program
  • Peter J. Kalis, chairman of the management committee of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, who will discuss how IT has assisted his firm in achieving its overall growth and integration goals
  • John Lucot, executive vice president and chief operations officer for Giant Eagle Inc., who will discuss how IT plays a key role in driving Giant Eagle’s retail sales and customer loyalty programs
  • John Miclot, president and chief executive officer of Respironics Inc., who will share how his company has applied IT to achieve profitable growth of 15 to 20 percent per year

A reception will be held immediately following the forum.

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