C.E.O. Club Among Top 15 Speaking Forums

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Carroll School of Management's Chief Executives Club of Boston - which has brought such business luminaries as publisher Rupert Murdoch and Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Alex Trotman to speak to Greater Boston's business leaders - has been named among the nation's top 15 business speaking forums by a leading trade organization.

The Chief Executives Club of Boston, established just three years ago, is included on the unranked list with such organizations as the National Press Club of Washington, DC, and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco by Top Speaking Forums of Washington, DC, which publishes The Business Speaker's Resource . The list is featured in the publication's 1996 edition, which is used by many corporate and private communications professionals who place executives in the largest and most influential speaking forums available.

Dow Chemical Co. Chairman Frank Popoff (left) was the speaker at the April 3 Chief Executives Club of Boston event in Boston, which focused on executive succession. With him, from left, are: Arthur D. Little President Charles LaMantia (the event's host), Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Cathy Minehan, and Gillette Chairman Alfred Zeien. (Photo by Gary Gilbert)

The forums were selected on the basis of prestige and visibility, audience demographics, media exposure and opportunities for tie-ins with other events.

"It is very satisfying to have the club recognized by such a creditable organization, and after so short a time," said CSOM Corporate and Government Affairs Executive Director Peter Rollins, a prime coordinator of the CEO Club.

"It is a tribute not only to the speakers we've had," Rollins continued, "but to the local hosts who have been willing to lend their time and efforts and - most of all - to the executives and businessmen who have decided that this forum is something worth supporting."

"Boston College, through its Chief Executives Club, has developed a terrific forum for business leaders in a relatively short period of time," said Top Speaking Forums Director Brian Besanceney in a recent announcement. "If you look at the people that are speaking, you get a good sense of how significant this event has become."

In addition to Murdoch and Trotman, the CEO Club has hosted executives such as Philip Morris Chairman and CEO Geoffrey Bible, GTE Chairman and CEO Charles Lee and AlliedSignal, Inc. Chairman and CEO Lawrence Bossidy (who will be honored at next Thursday's annual Boston College Tribute Dinner in New York City).

Rollins said the forum is continuing to provide incisive, timely commentary from major national executives. Dow Chemical Co. Chairman Frank Popoff was the speaker at the club's latest meeting last Wednesday, he noted, and on May 9 the club will feature Lewis Platt, the president, chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard. Terry Murray, chairman and CEO of Fleet Bank, will serve as official host for the event.

"There is so much enthusiasm for this kind of event," Rollins said. "People who attend receive some valuable, interesting insights and have an opportunity to simply talk and share views in a relaxed, social atmosphere."

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