– Florida Tech will present a lecture by Yasuji Yasuharu Wakura, chief executive officer, Asahi Group of Japan, on Oct. 24. A presentation of the School of Management Distinguished Lecturer Series, his talk will take place on campus at noon in the Hartley Room of the Denius
Mr. Wakura, also vice president of Asahi Light Metal Industry Co. Inc., has been with the Asahi Group since 1973. He earned a bachelor’s degree in
industrial engineering from the Musashi Institute of Technology in Tokyo and a master’s degree in management science and systems management from Florida
Institute of Technology in 1972. He received the university’s first President’s Medal in 1993.
The Asahi Group of Japan is a major media conglomerate. The company is engaged in publishing, radio and television broadcasting, printing,
delivery/fulfillment services, multimedia production, retail, advertising, property management, and insurance and travel services.
For more information about Wakura’s presentation, call (321) 674-7327.
The Distinguished Lecturer Series is sponsored by the School of Management ‘s Board of Overseers. It has featured such prominent speakers as Norman
Augustine, chairman of the board of Lockheed Martin Corp.; Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas; Phillip W. Farmer, chairman and chief executive officer of Harris
Corp.; Martin R. Shugrue, Jr., then-appointed trustee of Eastern Airlines, Kent Kresa, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman
Corporation; Laurent Beaudoin, chairman and chief executive officer of Bombardier, Inc.; Edward B. Rust, Jr., chairman of the board, president and chief
executive officer of State Farm Insurance Company; Robert F. Ellsworth, consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Mark C. Hollis, vice chairman
of Publix Supermarkets, Inc.; Martha Barnett, Partner, Holland & Knight; General Robert T. Herres, chair and chief executive officer, USAA; Karen
Katen, president of Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals; and Patrick Rodgers, chief compliance officer for the U.S. Olympics committee, 2000-2003.