At age 6, Carlos Gutierrez’s family fled to Miami to escape the Cuban Revolution. At the time, he didn’t know a word of English. At age 22, he joined Kellogg as a sales rep and management trainee which, at one time, included driving a delivery truck. By age 45, he was one of the youngest and the only Latino CEO of a Fortune 500 company. When Gutierrez took the helm, sales were falling and so was the stock price. Five years later, the stock had doubled and Fortune called him “The Man Who Fixed Kellogg.”
After achieving this corporate success as Kellogg Company CEO and President, Gutierrez accepted President Bush’s nomination to become Secretary of Commerce (2005 – 2009) and was confirmed by a unanimous vote. As the 35th U.S. Commerce Secretary, he played key roles in landmark trade agreements, worked with foreign governments and business leaders to advance economic relationships, and contributed to immigration legislation.
Secretary Gutierrez will share his journey from immigrant to corporate titan, public service, returning to the private sector and now straddling both sectors.
He will present his views on current trade policies and practices, the economic outlook and immigration reform. No doubt, this will be an illuminating discussion.
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Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Carlos Gutierrez is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, where he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports. Secretary Gutierrez also played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment.
Previously, Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly 30 years with Kellogg Company. After assignments in Latin America, Canada, Asia, and the United States, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg in 1999 − the youngest CEO in the company’s hundred year history. In April 2000, he was named Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company.
Secretary Gutierrez joined ASG from Citi, where he was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group.
He currently serves as the Chair of the National Foreign Trade Council and of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council, and is on the boards of the Chamber’s U.S.-India Business Council and the Boao Forum for Asia.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Meridian International Center, and serves on the boards of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, MetLife, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Viridis Learning, the George W. Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Advisory Council, and Republicans for Immigration Reform.
Partner, Vici Partners
Lance Stuart is a partner at Vici Partners. He has over 30 years of consulting and operating experience, principally in the U.S., Japan and China. Clients span industries from cosmetics and consumer electronics to software, chemicals, insurance, airlines and telecoms. He has been an investor, co-founder, CEO, COO and board member of several companies in the U.S. and Asia. He began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York then transferred to Tokyo.
Lance earned a B.S. in economics and marketing, cum laude, from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School (’78), where he was awarded two academic scholarships. He was raised in Tokyo and is an active volunteer in several non-profit organizations including the Harvard Business School Club of NY, the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County and as a Council Member on the U.S.-Japan Council.
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