Chaplin Tyler Lecture Series

The Chaplin Tyler Executive Leadership Lecture Series brings leaders from the business, non-profit and government sectors to the University of Delaware campus to share their experiences and insights with students, faculty and the business community. Several times each year, the Lerner College’s Graduate and Executive Programs office invites these leaders to spend a day engaging in an open exchange of ideas and perspectives.

The series, which is supported by the Chaplin Tyler Endowment Fund, is dedicated to the memory of Chap and Elizabeth Tyler, their commitment to education and their determination to help young people achieve success in the business world.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Eric Foss, Chairman, President & CEO, Aramark
2:30PM-3:30PM - Lecture
Purnell Hall, Room 115

Eric Foss is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a $15 billion global provider of food, facilities and uniform services. The company employs 270,000 people and provides award‐winning services wherever people work, learn, play and recover in 22 countries worldwide. Aramark clients include leading organizations spanning universities, colleges and school districts, healthcare institutions, municipalities, stadiums and arenas, and businesses.

Under Foss' leadership, the company is poised for sustainable growth through driving new business generation and geographic expansion while improving profitability by establishing a repeatable business model through the global enterprise. Since Foss was named President and CEO in 2012, Aramark has recorded consistent growth in sales, new business and adjusted net income and operating margins. He also led the company's successful return to the New York Stock Exchange in December 2013. Aramark is recognized among the “Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE and the “World's Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute. In February 2015, Foss was elected Chairman of the Aramark Board of Directors, assuming the new title of Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Aramark, Foss served as Chairman and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), the world's largest bottler of Pepsi‐Cola beverages which manufactured, sold and distributed products in the U.S. and six other countries. Foss was named CEO and elected to the PBG Board of Directors in 2006 and elevated to PBG's Chairman in 2008. He participated in the successful process of taking PBG public in 1999. Foss oversaw PBG's acquisition by PepsiCo in 2010, which brought outstanding value to PBG shareholders, and then led the integration of the business within the corporation serving as Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo's Pepsi Beverages Company.

Throughout his career with Aramark, PBG and PepsiCo, Foss has established a strong track record of generating profitable growth through integrated strategies and consistent execution that meets or exceeds financial commitments. Foss has led global teams to successfully build leading brands through a 'frontline first' mindset while achieving broad‐based productivity gains.

Foss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Ball State University, and as an active alumnae was honored with the Miller College of Business Award of Distinction. Foss serves on the Board of Directors of Aramark, Cigna, UDR, Inc., Catalyst, the Business Roundtable and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. His passion for sports led to an ownership position he holds as a principal investor in the Omaha Storm Chasers, the AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball's (MLB) Kansas City Royals and winners of the AAA National Championship in 2013. He is the father of three daughters, Laura, Elizabeth and Kathryn, and resides with his family in Philadelphia, PA and Ridgefield, CT.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Ralph Begleiter, Director, Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware and former CNN World Affairs Correspondent
3:00 PM - Lecture
4:00 PM - Q&A

Purnell Hall, Room 115

Join us as Ralph Begleiter, founding director of the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware and former CNN World Affairs Correspondent, discusses how social media and Internet communication revolutions have overturned a century of mainstream information media economics, ethics and standards. UD Prof. Ralph Begleiter, a former CNN world affairs correspondent who has worked in 100 countries, explores this media upheaval and its implications for a free society which depends on informed voters for good governance.

Thursday, September 23, 2014
Lawrence A. Cunningham, Author & Professor
7:00 PM Lecture
8:00 PM Q&A
8:30 PM Book Signing - First 20 students to arrive will receive a free book!
Purnell Hall, Room 115


Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Ron Insana, Author & Contributor to CNBC MSNBC
Purnell Hall, Room 115




Speakers over the past five years are listed below. 

April 24, 2013
Purnell Hall, Room 115
3:00-4:00 Lecture
4:00-4:30 Q & A


David Robertson is a Professor of Practice, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton’s undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development.

Robertson is the author of Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation Conquered the Toy Industry, and co-author of Enterprise Architecture as Strategy. Prior to IMD, Robertson was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a consultant at McKinsey & Company for 5 years, and an executive at four enterprise software companies. David received his MBA and PhD from MIT and BS from the University of Illinois.


Lance T. Shaner serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shaner. A graduate of Alfred University, he provides the business strategy and entrepreneurial spirit for multiple companies. Under Lance’s leadership, the companies have completed over one billion dollars in transactions and have grown into a highly respected business group with over 2,500 employees.


John Partilla, Chief Operating Officer, Dentsu Network West and a 1986 graduate of the University of Delaware, spoke on his media company’s unique position in today’s shifting communications landscape in a talk, “An Overview of the Dentsu Network.”






Dipak C Jain, Professor, Kellogg School of Management on “The Future of Business Schools in an Era of Global Economic Crisis”







Thomas L. Saaty, Chair University Professor, University of Pittsburgh on “Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: Decision Making in a Complex Environment, Why We Need More than Discussion to Understand Complexity and the Babel of Words about what to do in Iraq”







Kenneth C. Whitney, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Group on “Challenges in Growing a Start-up in Investment Management”







Tony P. Zook, President and CEO, AstraZeneca NA on “Prescription of Success – What Pharma Can Do for You”

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