Cree CEO Chuck Swoboda to speak at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Swoboda will share leadership insights with the Triangle community.

Chuck Swoboda of Cree will share leadership insights as part of the Dean's Speaker Series at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Charles M. (Chuck) Swoboda, the president, chairman and chief executive officer of Cree, Inc., will give a free, public talk as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School on Sept. 15.

Swoboda has devoted his career to making the energy-wasting light bulb obsolete. He led Cree from a near start-up to today’s market leader and innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications. Since Swoboda joined the firm in 1993, it has grown from just over $6 million in annual revenue to nearly $1.4 billion.

Cree has created nearly 1,000 jobs in North Carolina over the last 10 years and has nearly 7,000 employees worldwide. Forbes recognized the company as one “America’s 25 Fastest Growing Tech Companies for 2013.”

Swoboda was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas in 2010 and the Edison Report’s Lighting Industry Person of the Year in 2013.

Swoboda will speak at 6 p.m. in Koury Auditorium at UNC Kenan-Flagler. To RSVP, send an email to kfbsrsvp(at)unc(dot)edu with “Dean’s Speaker Series RSVP” in the subject line. Free parking will be available in the business school parking deck.

The Dean’s Speaker Series brings prominent business leaders to campus during the academic year to share their insights with the community.


About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business (BSBA), full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online MBA@UNC, UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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