NBC's Dick Ebersol to speak on campus April 13

by Dennis Brown

Dick Ebersol, chairman and president of NBC Sports, will be the keynote speaker April 13 (Saturday) at the annual Spring Forum of the Student International Business Council (SIBC) at the University of Notre Dame.p. Titled “Impact Forum,” the event also will feature four other speakers and is free and open to the public beginning at 11 a.m. in Room 155 of DeBartolo Hall.p. Founded in 1990, SIBC is a student-run organization that promotes a vision of “peace through commerce.” The council is composed of some 275 members who organize a wide array of activities, including corporate internships and teaching opportunities on four continents.p. The Spring Forum speakers’ schedule is as follows:p. p. ? 11 a.m. ? Paul Shinn, senior associate in the law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich&Rosati. A 1992 graduate of Notre Dame, Shinn earned his law degree from Santa Clara University and has practiced corporate and securities law since 1995.p. ? 11:40 a.m. ? Christine Cumming, executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cumming joined the bank in 1979 as an economist in the international research department and was appointed to her current position in 1992.p. ? 1:40 p.m.? Thomas Frecka, Vincent and Rose Lizzadro Professor of Accountancy and director of the masters in accountancy program at Notre Dame. A member of the faculty since 1990, he served for eight years as chair of the accountancy department. He previously taught at the University of Illinois.p. ? 2:10 p.m. ? Mark Brown, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Whirlpool Corp. Brown was appointed to his current position in 1999 after previously serving as corporate vice president and controller.p. ? 3 p.m.? Dick Ebersol, chief of NBC’s sports programming and senior vice president of NBC News since 1989. Considered one of the most innovative programmers in television, Ebersol was a protege of the legendary ABC sports producer Roone Arledge in the early 1970s. He joined NBC in 1974 as director of weekend late-night programming and, a year later, hired Lorne Michaels and helped conceive and develop Saturday Night Live. Ebersol has been the driving force behind NBC’s acquisition of the broadcast rights to the Olympics Games, the NBA, NASCAR and Notre Dame football. He was selected the most powerful person in athletics by The Sporting News in 1996.p. For more information, call (574) 631-9044.

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