• College of Business debuts executive speaker series

    Posted: September 13, 2012

    Author: Lisa Yessick

    In October, the UWA College of Business will bring to West Alabama a renowned speaker and business executive with three decades of experience in more than 50 countries.

    Colin Taylor, a retired Nestle executive, will be the featured speaker in the UWA College of Business Executive Speaker Series on October 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Wallace Hall room 210. The event will include refreshments before and after in 213 Wallace Hall and will be free and open to the public. Taylor will also speak to several business classes and tour local business and industry throughout the week of October 1–5.

    “Colin’s presentations are lively and entertaining, full of real-world examples from his 30 years of experience,” said Dr. Ken Tucker, dean of the UWA College of Business. “We are absolutely delighted to bring to UWA and the West Alabama region someone of his international stature. His outstanding reputation and global business experience make him the ideal candidate to kick off the College of Business Executive Speaker Series.”

    One of Taylor’s presentations inspired two UWA professors to invite him to campus. Dr. Janie Gregg, associate professor of management, and Dr. Mitzi Green, department chair of accounting, finance and economics, heard Taylor speak at a conference a few years ago. “We were very impressed,” said Dr. Janie Gregg, associate professor of management. “He’s an extraordinary speaker, and an ideal choice for the College of Business’ first speaker’s forum.”

    Born in England, Taylor joined Nestle in London in 1982; in 1992 he transferred to the company’s headquarters, in Switzerland, where he was in charge of European strategy. Four years later he moved to Poland, where he was marketing manager for Winiary, a Nestle subsidiary and the largest culinary business in Eastern Europe.

    In 1999 Taylor moved to South Africa, where he was regional coordinator for culinary products, cultivating markets in South Africa, Mauritius, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana. Seven years later he moved westward, working as business executive manager for cocoa beverages in central and west Africa. Today Taylor lives in Dubai, where he runs a consulting firm specializing in developing markets.

    Established in 1967, the University of West Alabama’s College of Business offers undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration, management, marketing, technology, computer information systems, industrial technology and industrial maintenance.
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