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Dean's Executive Leadership Series

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Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith

Chairman and CEO

City National Bank


President and CEO

City National Corporation

City National Bank

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Drescher Graduate Campus
Pepperdine University

About Russell Goldsmith

As chairman and chief executive officer of City National Bank, Russell Goldsmith leads America's 24th largest commercial bank, with $27.4 billion in assets. Since Goldsmith became CEO in 1995, City National's assets have increased almost 800 percent. Today, it has 78 banking offices in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. Additionally, he serves as president and chief executive officer of the bank's publicly-held parent company, City National Corporation. From 2008 through 2011, Goldsmith was a member of the Federal Reserve Board's 12-member Federal Advisory Council, representing the 12th Federal Reserve District, and served as its vice president for two years. Goldsmith began his career as an attorney practicing at Irell & Manella, later co-founding his own law firm, Sanders, Barnet & Goldsmith. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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Richard Cordova

Richard Cordova

President and CEO

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

About Richard Cordova

As president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Richard Cordova brings over 35 years of diverse healthcare experience to Southern California’s oldest children’s hospital. Cordova assumed his current role in 2006, a year after he became president and chief operating officer.  At CHLA, he also serves as a member of the hospital Board of Trustees. Prior to his arrival at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Cordova worked for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. With revenues in excess of $20 billion, the nonprofit integrated health care system included 30 hospitals in eight states, a health plan with more than 8 million members and eight physician groups. Cordova received his master’s degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University in 1984.

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Maria Poveromo

Maria Poveromo

Senior Director of Social Media, Analyst Relations and Public Relations


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Adobe Headquarters, San Jose, California

About Maria Poveromo

Maria Poveromo is the senior director of social media, analyst relations and public relations at Adobe. She is responsible for driving social media strategy and influencer relations programs across the company. Her team established the organizational framework for social media activities worldwide and drives programs for engaging influencers across traditional and new media channels. Prior to this role, Poveromo led the global public relations team at Adobe for nine years. Before joining Adobe, she held numerous marketing and communications positions at high technology companies and nonprofit organizations located in Silicon Valley and in Europe.

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Liam McGee

Chairman, President and CEO

The Hartford Financial Services Group

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Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Drescher Graduate Campus
Pepperdine University

About Liam McGee

Liam E. McGee is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hartford, a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. Since joining The Hartford in 2009, McGee has led a turnaround and strategic transformation of the company with the goal of generating a superior shareholder return. The company has made significant progress executing its strategy to build greater financial strength and flexibility, focus and profitably grow its business portfolio, and reduce the size and risk of variable annuity exposure. Before joining The Hartford, McGee spent more than three decades as a business leader, most recently serving as president of the Consumer and Small Business Bank for Bank of America Corporation. A native of County Donegal, Ireland, McGee grew up in Southern California. He earned a BA from the University of San Diego, an MBA from Pepperdine University and a JD from Loyola Law School.

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Rob Moore

Rob Moore

Vice Chairman

Paramount Pictures


Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Paramount Pictures Studios

About Rob Moore

Rob Moore has been Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures since 2008. He oversees the studio’s worldwide marketing, distribution, home entertainment, digital, interactive, television distribution, licensing and business affairs divisions. Moore joined Paramount in 2005 as President of Worldwide Marketing, Distribution and Operations. He was previously a partner at Revolution Studios, where he developed the strategic plan and oversaw the formation of the company. Additionally, Moore managed all aspects of business affairs, finance, physical production and operations. Prior to Revolution Studios, he served as Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations at The Walt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of finance, information services and studio operations. He also oversaw business affairs for the studio’s motion picture, television and video divisions. Moore established himself at Arthur Anderson and Co., specializing in entertainment. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Pepperdine University.

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Victor Kao

Victor Kao

General Manager
ASUS Technology (Suzhou)


Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. (China Standard Time)
JW Marriott, Shanghai, China

About Victor Kao

As the general manager of ASUS Technology (Suzhou), Victor Kao leads the largest subsidiary of Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer, the No. 1 developer of motherboard and VGA display cards in the world. He has engineering and management expertise in industrial control, aerospace and semiconducting. Kao was trained as an electrical engineer at National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and earned a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive MBA at the University of Washington.

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