BMW CEO Tom Purves to Speak in CEO Innovation Lecture Series
MADISON, NJ (October 13, 2006) – Tom Purves, Chairmain of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BMW (U.S.) Holding Corp, will speak at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday, November 14. The speech will be part of the CEO Innovation Lecture Series hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies.
The lecture will begin at 8 a.m. in Lenfell Hall at the Mansion. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Admission is $50, and seats are limited.
Purves has been named an “Automotive All-Star” by Automotive News every year since 2001 for his achievements in the auto industry. Under his leadership as chairman and CEO of BMW (U.S.) Holding Corp., U.S. sales of BMW Group (BMW and MINI) brands nearly doubled, jumping from 155,000 vehicles in 1999 to more than 307,000 vehicles in 2005.
Prior to coming to the U.S., Purves was a Rover board member, a role he assumed in June 1996. In this capacity, Purves oversaw global sales and marketing for the Land Rover, Mini, MG and Rover brands. He joined the BMW Group in 1985 as sales director of BMW (GB) Ltd in Great Britain, where he assumed responsibility for all aspects of sales, distribution, parts, service, dealer and manpower development. Purves was named president in 1989 and during his tenure as president, the company became the second largest BMW export market for BMW Group. He was then appointed its managing director in 1990. Purves also serves as vice-chairman of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association representing nine auto manufacturers. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Automotive Hall of Fame. Purves is also outgoing chairman of Automotive Youth Educational Systems, Inc., a non-profit organization.
The CEO Innovation Series is designed for business leaders and exposes participants to the latest ideas of today’s great CEO innovators. The series provides an opportunity for business leaders to learn how innovation can benefit and expand their companies.
The mission of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Silberman College of Business is to foster and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic and business communities. Since 1989, the Institute has fulfilled its mission by offering innovative academic and outreach programs on the local, regional and increasingly, global levels. The entrepreneurship program was recently recognized as a top 20 program at the national level.
To register for this lecture, call 973-443-8842.