Thursday, April 11
Craig Morrison, CEO, Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
Craig Morrison is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC, and its operating subsidiaries, Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. He joined Borden Chemical, one of the companies that merged to form Hexion, as President and CEO in 2002. He led the effort to combine Borden Chemical, Bakelite AG, Resolution Performance Products and Resolution Specialty Materials to form Hexion, the second largest North American-based specialty chemical company. Prior to joining Hexion, Craig served as President and General Manager of Alcan Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Packaging, a division of Alcan Inc. Craig was also President and General Manager of Van Leer Containers Inc., served as a management consultant with global business consulting firm Bain & Company, and worked in a variety of management roles within General Electric Plastics. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a pilot and captain. Craig received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.
E. Gordon Gee, President, The Ohio State University
Dr. E. Gordon Gee is president of The Ohio State University, a world-class public research institution and one of the nation’s most distinguished land-grant universities. As chief executive officer, he oversees Ohio State's six campuses, 65,000 students, and 48,000 faculty and staff. Gee is among the most highly experienced and respected leaders in higher education, having been named in 2009 by Time magazine as one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States. Prior to his service at Ohio State, he led Vanderbilt University (2001-2007), Brown University (1998-2000), The Ohio State University (1990-97), the University of Colorado (1985-90), and West Virginia University (1981-85). Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D degrees from Columbia University.
Friday, April 12
Charles Duhigg, New York Times reporter; author, The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg is a reporter for the Times and author of The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies. He has worked at the Times since 2006 and currently is working on a series about Apple Inc. called The iEconomy. Before that, he contributed to other series, including Golden Opportunities (which received the George Polk Award, the Sidney Hillman Award and a Deadline Award), ”The Reckoning, (which won the Loeb and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), and Toxic Waters, (which received The Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Medal, the National Academies’ reporting award and others). He's a native of New Mexico who studied history at Yale and received an MBA rom Harvard Business School. He appeared on This American Life, NPR, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer and Frontline. Before becoming a journalist, he worked in private equity and – for one terrifying day – was a bike messenger in San Francisco.