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Business Leader James Kilts is Guest for Upcoming Leadership Conversation at Creighton

Business Leader James Kilts is Guest for Upcoming Leadership Conversation at Creighton

James M. Kilts, founding partner of Centerview Partners, a private equity and financial advisory firm, is the featured speaker for the second Creighton University leadership conversation at 4:30 p.m., Oct. 6, in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at Creighton University’s Harper Center, 630 N. 20th St. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free to the public.

A graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., Kilts earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.

Kilts is known around the world as a business leader, and well-known for reviving brands and turning around established companies like Nabisco and Gillette.

He successfully integrated the Kraft and General Foods divisions within the Philip Morris Companies. As president and Chief Executive Officer at Nabisco, he revitalized several famous but flagging brands, introduced successful new brands, and gained market share for virtually every product line. He did the same thing as CEO of Gillette, increasing sales by as much as 10 percent, before leading Gillette’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble.

His 2007 book, “Doing What Matters,” received wide praise, including an endorsement from Warren Buffett, who said “I've learned much from Jim. So, too, will readers of this book."