Retired CEO to give talk on leadership


William Weisz (SB '48), retired chairman and CEO of Motorola, Inc., will share his perspectives on leadership in management on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 4pm in Wong Auditorium (Building E51).

The 90-minute presentation, entitled "Leadership in a Dynamic Environment," is part of the Industry Leaders in Technology and Management lecture series, co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management and hosted by the Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development.

Mr. Weisz began his career with Motorola as a junior development engineer in 1948. He later became chief engineer and then manager for all mobile communications products, and general manager of the communications division. In 1970, Mr. Weisz was named president; he was later named chief operating officer and became CEO in 1986.

After his retirement in 1989, he served on the board as chairman and vice chairman until last May. He left behind a $28 billion company that is the world's largest supplier of equipment for cellular telephones, paging and two-way radios, as well as a leading semiconductor maker and developer of high-speed Internet access products.

Mr. Weisz, who earned his MIT degree in electrical engineering, has served as chairman of the Sloan School Visiting Committee and is a life member of the Corporation. He received the MIT Corporate Leadership Award in 1976.

The lecture is open to the MIT community; seating is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call x3-0404 or refer to the CTPID homepage at http://web.mit.edu/ctpid/www>.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 19, 1997.


Topics: Business and management, Industry, Special events and guest speakers

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