L. Daniel Jorndt, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Walgreen Co. and current Kellogg Company board member, will speak at Colorado State University on Monday, Oct. 29, as part of the 2007-2008 College of Business Dean’s Speaker Series.
The presentation will be in the Lory Student Center West Ballroom from 10-11 a.m. The former CEO will speak on the topic of leadership and board member responsibilities.
In 1963, Jorndt earned a pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and began his career Walgreen that same year. He became a district manager in 1968 after holding various positions in store management. After receiving a master’s degree in business in 1974 from the University of New Mexico, he was promoted to regional director in 1975, regional vice president in 1979 and vice president and treasurer in 1982.
Jorndt was named president and CEO of Walgreen Co. in January 1998 upon the retirement of Charles R. Walgreen III. In January 1999, he retained the CEO title while David W. Bernauer assumed the position of president and chief operating officer.
Walgreen Co. is the nation’s largest drugstore chain operating stores in 48 states and Puerto Rico; the chain, which operates as Walgreens, will open store No. 6,000 in the U.S. in New Orleans on Wednesday. Walgreens also provides additional services to pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Services; its managed care division, which includes Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc.; Walgreens Mail Service Inc.; Walgreens Home Care Inc.; and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.
Jorndt currently serves on the board of directors of Kellogg Company and of the mutual fund, Investment Company of America.
The College of Business Dean’s Speakers Series is an opportunity for students and the campus community to get involved and learn more about influential people in the business world.