Visiting Executives to Share Leadership Insight with MBA Students

February 23, 2010 - Dr. James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor and Professor of Organizational Behavior, brings two notable business leaders to his graduate leadership classes on March 1 and March 3, providing his students the opportunity to gain insight from an executive perspective.

Craig Happel (BBA, '82), Deputy to the Vice President of Business Ventures responsible for Contracts Management, Estimating, and Existing Programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics will speak to an MBA Professional Cohort class on Monday, March 1, at 6:00 p.m. at the UTA Fort Worth Center, Room 113. Mr. Happel will make a presentation on the life of Lockheed Martin's F-35 program. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Happel was the F-35 Chief Financial Officer for more than ten years. During that time, he led all business operations for the F-35 program.     Mr. Craig Happel                     Craig Happel
Mr. Prashant Ranade                   Prashant Ranade     On Wednesday, March 3, Prashant Ranade will visit Dr. Quick's graduate leadership class at 7:00 p.m. in the Business Building, Room 152. Mr. Ranade worked with Dr. Quick to design this new Master's level course focusing on emotional leadership proficiencies. Mr. Ranade was recently appointed CEO of Syntel, Inc., a global information technology services company, after serving on Syntel's Board of Directors since 2007. His areas of expertise include sales, marketing, engineering, and research and development for products, projects, and service businesses. Previously, Mr. Ranade served as President and CEO of Siemens Logistics and Assembly Systems, Inc., a firm of about 5,500 employees and more than $1.6 billion in revenue.

Happel and Ranade's visit precedes Business Week 2010, scheduled April 12-16, a full week set aside to connect student and faculty with business and civic leaders. Business Week 2010 guest speakers will focus on a concept known as the innovation economy, an economic doctrine that places knowledge, technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation as the primary elements of economic growth.

Any UT Arlington student is welcome to attend these guest speaker presentations. There are a limited number of seats open to students not enrolled in these two courses.