GSBM Opens 2010–2011 Dean's Executive Leadership Series

November 22, 2010  | 1 min read

The Graziadio School of Business and Management reconvened its successful Dean's Executive Leadership Series with Randy Pond of Cisco Systems on October 28 in Santa Clara, California.

As executive vice president of operations, processes, and systems at the networking technology firm Cisco Systems, Pond oversees the functions of corporate affairs, customer value chain management, customer operations, human resources, information technology, and legal services. He also cochairs the Connected Business Operations Council and the Quality Experience Board. To help fuel growth, promote innovation, and increase Cisco's productivity, Pond is currently leading a comprehensive business transformation across Cisco by re-engineering business processes, re-architecting IT systems, and redefining the role of Cisco leadership.

With support from Farmers Insurance, the Dean's Executive Leadership Series brings leading business practitioners and thought leaders to one of Pepperdine University's campuses to discuss real-world challenges and opportunities facing the business community today.

Pond's lecture followed a notable 2009-2010 series, which featured Bank of America president Brian Moynihan shortly before he was named CEO; Jim Gianopolos, chair of 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment, who surprised the audience with a 40-minute sneak preview of the hit film Avatar; and Anthem Blue Cross president Leslie Margolin, who spoke apologetically at Pepperdine on the heels of testifying before the California State Legislature about a proposed rate hike for Blue Cross customers.