ARLINGTON - Ed Whitacre, former chairman and chief executive officer of
General Motors and AT&T, will offer “Lessons in Leadership” as the keynote
speaker for the 2011 Executive Dinner hosted by UT Arlington’s College of
Whitacre joined GM as chairman when the new company launched in July
2009 and held that position until the end of December 2010. He also served as chief
executive officer from December 2009 through August 2010. He guided the automotive giant as it emerged from
bankruptcy proceedings and was known for the clear mission he set for GM: Design,
Build and Sell the World’s Best Vehicles. He left GM in December 2010.
Dan Himarios, dean of the UT Arlington College of Business, said
Whitacre represents the pinnacle of American management.
“He brought GM back from the brink of extinction,” Himarios said.
“With the rich tradition GM has here in Arlington, it’s no exaggeration to say
that Ed Whitacre preserved thousands of jobs for the Arlington plant.”
Whitacre also served as chairman and chief executive officer of
AT&T from 1990 to June 2007 and continues
to hold the title of AT&T chairman emeritus.
During his tenure with the telecommunications giant, Whitacre led what was then
SBC Communications through a series of industry-changing mergers and
acquisitions, including the 2005 purchase of AT&T Corp., after which the
company adopted that name.
The Executive Dinner begins with a 6 p.m. reception and
registration April 27, 2011, at the Arlington Sheraton Hotel, 1500 Convention
Center Drive. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. with alumni awards and recognition
scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
are $45 each or $35 for UT Arlington alumni and Arlington Chamber of Commerce
members. Prices for tables of eight start at $500. Credit card reservations may
be faxed to the College of Business at 817-272-2073. Checks may be made to the UTA
College of Business, 701 S. West Street, Box 19377, Arlington TX 76019.
James Sharp at 817-272-5832 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Whitacre was born in Ennis, Texas.
He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in
industrial engineering. He began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
in 1963 as a facility engineer in Lubbock.
He currently serves on the boards
of Exxon Mobil Corp. and the PGA Tour. He is also a member of The Business
Council. He previously served on the President's National Security
Telecommunications Advisory Committee, the
boards of the Institute for International Economics, Anheuser-Busch Cos. and
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.
Whitacre's leadership extends into
the community where he has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, is a
former regent for Texas Tech University and has served with the United Way.
BusinessWeek named Whitacre one of
the Top 25 Executives of the Year in 2010 in recognition of his commitment to
business and community. He also has won a number of other awards.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.