Tech Welcomes Procter and Gamble Executive as Part of Speaker Series

By Thomas Guengerich

SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 25, 2009 – New Mexico Tech’s management department will host its first speaker of the spring semester at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27.

William Landrigan, of Procter & Gamble, will discuss “Procter & Gamble from the Eyes of a Jersey Boy.” The 33-year veteran of the international corporation will discuss the company’s people, places and products; innovation and the corporate culture.

Landrigan’s talk is part of the Verge Fund Lecture Series, an ongoing series of public events meant to bring together with worlds of academia and corporate America. The series is funded by the Albuquerque venture capital company, the Verge Fund.

Landrigan is the manager of Global Oral Care Scientific Relations at the Procter & Gamble Company Health Care Research Center in Cincinnati. He has both scientific and management experience. He earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1976, the same year he joined Procter & Gamble. He earned an M.B.A. from Xavier University in 1980.

Landrigan will also talk about the Gillette acquisition, how the deal was structured and how the merger is functioning. Landrigan might also divulge some stock tips, like “Buy Procter and Gamble.”

The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The public is welcome to attend the event at Speare 102 on the New Mexico Tech campus.

“We’re trying to connect the university with the commercial world,” management department chairman Dr. Peter Anselmo said. “Every great idea needs a funding partner and an industrial customer. P&G is a firm that specializes in innovations; we can learn about how their process works and what they are looking for when they look outside of the firm for new ideas.”

Landrigan and Procter & Gamble have decades of experience in innovation, technology and commercialization, Anselmo said. The company has a history of providing internships for New Mexico Tech students and hiring Tech graduates.

“We’re interested in what makes Procter & Gamble decide to commercialize an innovative idea,” he said. “We also want him to learn more about New Mexico Tech and what’s going on in venture capital in New Mexico.”

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