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Executive Insights

The signature speaker series of the Smeal College of Business brings high-profile business leaders to Penn State to connect with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Please select the Executive Insights event or events you plan to attend and provide the required information (marked with a ) to register.


André J. Hawaux
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Dick's Sporting Goods

Struthers Auditorium (110 Business Building)

Portrait of André Hawaux

André Hawaux

André Hawaux joined Dick's Sporting Goods as executive vice president, finance, administration, and chief financial officer in June 2013. In February 2015, he was named executive vice president, chief operating officer/chief financial officer. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of real estate and development, store operations, legal, finance, store environment, information technology, human resources, and internal auditing.

Prior to joining Dick's, Hawaux served as the president, consumer foods at ConAgra Foods for four years. From 2006 to 2009, he served as ConAgra Foods' executive vice president and chief financial officer where he was responsible for the company's finance and information system and services organizations. Prior to ConAgra Foods, he was the general manager of a large U.S. division of PepsiAmericas and previously served as chief financial officer for Pepsi-Cola North America and Pepsi International's China business unit.

Patricia Woertz
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Presentation Title: The Emerging Global Middle Class - Threat or Opportunity?

Struthers Auditorium (110 Business Building)

Portrait of Patricia Woertz

About Patricia Woertz

Patricia Woertz is chairman of the board of directors of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world's largest agricultural processors of soybeans, corn, wheat, and cocoa.

Woertz joined ADM as CEO and president in April 2006 and was named chairman of the board in February 2007. She served as CEO until December 2014. During that tenure, Woertz drove efforts to improve shareholder returns while growing the business through acquisitions, capital investments, and partnerships. Under her leadership, ADM strengthened its global network and grew its portfolio of higher-margin products.

Beginning her career as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Ernst - later Ernst & Young - in Pittsburgh, she then joined Gulf Oil Corporation (later Chevron) in 1977, where she held various positions in finance, strategic planning, refining, and marketing. In 2001, she was named executive vice president in charge of Chevron's global refining, marketing, lubricant, and supply and trading operations.

She serves on the boards of directors of The Procter & Gamble Company, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and UI LABS, a nonprofit public-private collaboration that fosters research and commercialization efforts to solve large-scale industrial challenges. She also chairs the U.S. section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and is a vice chair of The Business Council. In 2010, President Obama appointed her to the President's Export Council.

Woertz holds a bachelors degree in accounting from the Penn State Smeal College of Business and is an honorary member of the Smeal Board of Visitors. Penn State has awarded her its highest recognition for alumni.

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