Leaders on Leadership. Past Programs. Season One
101: Dennis Archer
In a career that is still unfolding, Dennis Archer has been a teacher of disabled children, an attorney, a law school professor, a State Supreme Court judge, the mayor of Detroit, Chairman of a major law firm, and now, President of the American Bar Association. In taking his current position, Archer was described as, "one attorney who never rests."
102: J.T. Battenberg III
Here's a bit of corporate magic. One day, J.T. Battenberg arrived at work the head of a General Motors Group. The next day - changeo presto - he came to his desk as the head of Delphi Corporation, the 57th largest independent firm in the United States. That's quite a transition. J.T. Battenberg - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Delphi Corporation.
103: Anthony Earley, Jr.
Where were you last summer when the lights went off? We know where Anthony Earley was. He was on the front lines of the "energy crisis" - getting our electricity back on. Anthony Earley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DTE Energy.
104: Peter Schweitzer
When they opened their doors 140 years ago, J. Walter Thompson became the first "advertising agency." They invented the business and today they continue to re-invent it as a global communications agency. Peter Schweitzer, Chairman of J. Walter Thompson.
105: Gail Torreano
When Alice walked through the looking glass, Lewis Carroll introduced us to a "Wonderland" where our safe, collective concept of reality no longer applied. Gail Torreano found herself in a similar situation when she took the helm at Michigan's largest phone company. In her new "reality," Torreano faced a business still transitioning from its regulated monopoly status, and a unique brand of competitiveness. Gail Torreano, President of SBC Ameritech Michigan.
106: Ron Gettelfinger
So far on our show, we have chatted with Presidents and CEOs of several major businesses including the automotive industry. This week we're going to turn the table - the bargaining table. Ron Gettelfinger, President of United Auto Workers.
107: Denise Ilitch
When Denise Ilitch agreed to be on our show, it felt like we hit a home run, scored a hat trick, and perhaps got extra pepperoni on our Pizza!Pizza! She's one of the leaders of the team that directs the Tigers, the Red Wings, Little Caesar Pizza Enterprises, Olympia Entertainment and many other development, civic, and charity activities. Denise Ilitch, President of Ilitch Holdings.
108: Nancy Schlichting
The more advancements made in medicine, the more expensive it becomes. Cost, quality and availability of medical care are hot topics in corporations and in government. Balancing the needs of the public while not going bankrupt is the challenge facing health care administrators today. We'll discuss these topics with Nancy Schlichting, President and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System.
109: Peter Pestillo
Few corporate leaders have faced the challenges of launching a new company that on its first day of business became a Fortune 100 company. Even fewer would consider starting a new venture facing a weak national economy, rapidly declining sales from its primary customer, and unrelenting pricing and competitive pressures within an industry that is continuously re-inventing itself. Yet these were the challenges facing Peter Pestillo the day Visteon Corporation spun off from Ford Motor Company. Peter Pestillo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Visteon Corporation.
110: Peter Karmanos
Back in the day, 1973 to be exact, three young entrepreneurs pooled their income tax refunds to launch a new technical services company. Today, that company has become one of the world's largest independent software vendors and professional services organizations. One of its founders, and its current leader, is known for his straight talking - no nonsense approach to business, his community leadership...and hockey. Peter Karmanos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compuware Corporation.
111: David DiChiera
The word is "impresario." In simple terms it means one who produces theatrical entertainment or runs an opera company. But in practice, it refers to a leader who on a daily basis must battle and balance the artistic and financial worlds into one grand vision - a challenge worthy of any Wagnerian hero. David DiChiera, General Director of the Michigan Opera Theatre.
112: Richard Blouse
Think about a Chamber of Commerce...and the image is often local marketing and spin. Here in Southeast Michigan, we're lucky to have something much different. We have the largest Chamber in the country that aggressively deals with economic development, public policy, global competitiveness, and leadership. Richard Blouse, Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
113: Jim Nicholson
Many corporate leaders use their leadership expertise to help community organizations...but tonight's guest exceeds the standard! Besides leading a very successful international chemical firm, he also chairs the governance boards for a whole portfolio of community groups, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Wayne County Airport Authority, and our own Detroit Public Television. Jim Nicholson, President and Chief Executive Officer of PVS Chemicals.
114: Dave Bing
In the 1966 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons selected a guard out of Syracuse University. In 12 seasons - 9 in Detroit - he averaged over 20 points per game, played in 7 All-Star Games and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Yet, what is even more remarkable - after his basketball career - he would return to Detroit to begin a business that now employs 1200 people and is targeting 1 billion in annual revenues. Dave Bing, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bing Group.
115: Jim Press
I was in the Third Grade when Toyota first entered the US market. That year, they sold a couple hundred cars. They now sell a couple MILLION cars here. Globally, they are essentially tied for second place based on sales volumes and they recently reported annual PROFIT of more than 1 trillion yen, a bit over $10 billion. Jim Press, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales USA and a Managing Officer of the parent company, Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.
116: Jay Alix
Leaders sometimes need external help to improve, or turn around, or save their organizations. When that happens, many of the most prominent firms call on the expertise of AlixPartners. Founded in the early 1980s, they were the first "turnaround" firm, and an industry was born. Jay Alix, Chairman and President of AlixPartners.
117: Kathleen Ligocki
Sunday, 7/11 and Thursday, 7/15
In Kokomo, Indiana, she was the first college graduate to become a line foreman at the GM Delco plant. In Mexico, she was one of the most senior corporate women in all Latin America. Today, she is the CEO of a rapidly expanding automotive supplier company in the middle of a national economic downturn and exploding global competition. Kathleen Ligocki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tower Automotive.
118: Irvin Reid
Today's public universities are large, complex organizations experiencing significant change and facing major leadership challenges. Our guest tonight is responsible for the education of more that 34,000 students each year, almost 5,000 faculty and staff jobs and is steward to hundreds of millions of public dollars. And he is leading that public institution in an era of decreasing state funding, increasing enrollments, and changing roles for universities in general. Irvin Reid, President of Wayne State University.