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Business Leaders Forum

2014-2015 Business Leaders Forum

"The Sustainable Enterprise"

Thomas J. Falk
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Kimberly-Clark
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A 31-year Kimberly-Clark veteran, Thomas J. Falk is the architect of the company's Global Business Plan, which is positioning Kimberly-Clark to lead the world in essentials for a better life. He was elected CEO in 2002 and Chairman of the Board in 2003. Under his leadership, Kimberly-Clark has grown sales to $21 billion as of 2013.

Mr. Falk serves on the Boards of Lockheed Martin, Global Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst and the University of Wisconsin Foundation and as a National Governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He also chaired the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 2013 fundraising campaign. He earned a master of science in management from Stanford University, where he was a Sloan Fellow, and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.

About the Business Leaders Forum

Established in 1999, the Business Leaders Forum is a speaker series sponsored by Marquette University’s College of Business Administration. The forum provides a setting for nationally recognized business leaders to engage in discussions and interact with students, faculty and local business leaders. The program enables Marquette to build practical knowledge into its rigorous business curriculum, exploring current trends, issues and practices in business.

Marquette University has attracted leaders at the top of their respective professions to speak at the Business Leaders Forum, including Herbert V. Kohler, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Kohler Co.; Richard M. Schulze, founder and chairman of Best Buy; and James J. Mulva, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips.

The Kathleen and Frank Thometz Foundation has made the Business Leaders Forum speaker series possible through a special endowment.

Previous Speakers

  • Thomas C. Werner, Chairman, Boston Red Sox, and Chairman, Liverpool Football Club, 2013 (video) (interview)
  •  John Schlifske, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Mutual, 2012 (video)
  • Jeff Joerres, chairman and chief executive officer, ManpowerGroup, 2011 (video)
  • Angela F. Braly, President and CEO, WellPoint, Inc., 2009 (video)

  • James J. Mulva, Chair and CEO, ConocoPhillips, 2008
  • Richard M. Schulze, Founder and Chair, Best Buy, 2007

  • Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Chair, CEO and President, Kohler, Co., 2006

  • Alexander M. (Sandy) Cutler, Chair and CEO, Eaton Corp., 2005

  • Kathy Hudson, Chair, CNH Global NV, 2005

  • Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric, 2004

  • John Morgridge, Chair, Cisco Systems, 2003

  • Don H. Davis, Jr., CEO, Rockwell Automation, 2002

  • Dick Burke, Chair, Trek Bicycle Corp., 2001

  • Wayne Sanders, CEO, Kimberly-Clark Corp., 2000