Diverse Leadership Conference
February 21, 2014
8:00am - 3:00pm
The Diverse Leadership Conference educates diverse students, educators, and professionals about economics by providing interesting and useful educational content. We invite students and professionals to join in our pursuit of career development, leadership development, entrepreneurial education and networking.
Opening Speaker: Alejandro Quiroz, Vice President Advance Manufacturing, Whirlpool Corporation
Keynote Luncheon: Jesse Tyson, President and CEO of National Black MBA, Former ExxonMobil Executive
Alejandro Quiroz sets manufacturing strategy for Whirlpool’s 36 facilities worldwide and reports to the Executive Committee as part of the Global Product Organization.
Advanced Manufacturing deploys leading manufacturing processes throughout its facilities to deliver Whirlpool’s diverse portfolio of high-quality, innovative products to an expanding global marketplace at affordable price points. By finding new ways to coordinate facilities across global channels, optimize for efficiencies, implement the most advanced process technologies, and expand scale, the company is achieving consistent manufacturing excellence that is at the forefront of industry practices.
Advanced Manufacturing also performs sourcing of factory equipment and tooling to optimize capital allocation and ensure standardization across manufacturing regions, and it provides significant input to product development. Alejandro enabled the most significant acquisition since Maytag: SANYO, Panasonic.
Prior to joining Whirlpool, Alejandro was Head of Operations, Asia, Hydraulic Brake Systems, for Continental AG, a Tier 1 automotive supplier with $34 billion in annual sales. Alejandro has over 20 years’ experience running complex matrix global manufacturing operations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, primarily in the automotive industry. His accomplishments include the establishment of multiple Greenfields in Mexico, Brazil, China, and the U.S., the growth and development of manufacturing facilities in Japan and India, and a two-year factory turnaround in Argentina.
Alejandro is a member of McKinsey’s Manufacturing Strategy COO Council, a cross-industry group of leading manufacturing companies advancing best practices. He is also a member of the University of Michigan’s Industry Advisory Board for Global Operations within the College of Engineering and the Ross School of Business. Alejandro is as well member of CISCO’s Global Manufacturing Advisory Board. Alejandro holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Mexico. He has also attended executive education on strategy in Asia with INSEAD Singapore.
Alejandro Quiroz was named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2012 list of Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders, awarded as one of Corp! Magazine’s Diversity Champions for 2012, profiled on Diversity Journal in Sept 2013 and featured on the cover of Hispanic Executive Magazine, April 2012.
An Energy Industry Leader with leveraged global knowledge of regulatory and environmental issues
Until 2011, Jesse Tyson led the Global Aviation business for ExxonMobil (EM) based in Brussels, Belgium, working across multiple industry groups in developing strategic solutions around customer segmentation, operational excellence and shareholder return requirements with clients in over 50 countries and 500 locations across the globe. In this capacity, he partnered with commercial/general/military aviation customers, 100 JV partners, airport authorities, IATA and JIG to identify new ways to enhance existing industry safety and efficiency efforts. He directed a $10 billion business that delivered over 40% in returns for ExxonMobil with an industry leading safety, health and environment performance. Further, he delivered $30 million per year in operating efficiencies, after inflation.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Tyson led the South America Fuels Marketing efforts for ExxonMobil as President of ExxonMobil Inter-America and Marketing Director. As chief of this group, his responsibilities included the retail fuel business across "free" and regulated markets. He represented EM with the Council of the Americas, the Department of Commerce, State and Energy, USTR and host governments on formal processes to enhance free trade agreement implementation and harmonization of product specifications across the region with a focus on leveraging scale.
Earlier, Mr. Tyson served as the Global Customer Service and Logistics Manager with functional responsibility for distribution operations, road transportation and order to cash management. In this position, he led and developed EM's global call center consolidations, from 40 to 9 centers, globally. Mr. Tyson has many years of experience on efficiency, risk management, and safety projects. He is considered a global marketing and operations expert having served in many positions within ExxonMobil with responsibilities for Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the USA.
Tyson holds a B.S. in economics and business from Lane College and an MBA from The Ohio State University. He has attended The Brookings Institute and The International Management Development School in Switzerland. In addition, he served as an Economic Intern with the US State Department in Senegal.
He is a lifetime member of the NBMBAA. He is a past Board member of The Ensemble Theatre and Children’s Museum in Houston, the Dean’s Advisory Board at FIU, the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Management Education in Central America, FAMU and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, Board of Trustees at Lane College and is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and The ELC.
Jesse was named one of the “Twelve Good Men” by the Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a recipient of numerous awards and honorable mentions over the years, including the 2009 Black Enterprise “most influential black executive”. Most recently, he received The Ohio State Business School Global Diversity Award and the 100 Black Men of America Lifetime Achievement Award for Service and Leadership. Tyson is often sought as an inspirational speaker to youth across the country as well as a guest university lecturer on globalization and the global energy outlook.
Jesse and his wife, Cheryl, recently moved back to the USA after living in Brussels. They love traveling the world and are proud parents of three adult daughters. Jesse retired from ExxonMobil in April 2011 with 35 years of service.