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UC Davis Graduate School of Management Announces Former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill as Commencement Speaker

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(Davis, CA) – Sandy Weill, chairman emeritus and former chairman and CEO of Citigroup, will deliver the commencement address for the 2014 graduating class of the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management on Saturday, June 14.

This year’s graduating class of 212 is the largest in the management school’s history. There are 173 Master of Business Administration candidates and 39 Master of Professional Accountancy candidates.

Weill will be speaking to the candidates, faculty, guests and administrators at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the UC Davis campus at 10:00 a.m.

Sandy’s experience and leadership in the financial services industry and his generosity as a philanthropist are legendary. We’re honored that he will be sharing his insights with our graduating class as they embark in the next step of their journey,” said Steven C. Currall, dean of the management school.

During a visit to management school in February 2013, Weill spoke as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series and met with faculty and students.

Weill was named in April 2014 to CNBC’s First 25: Top Rebels, Icons and Leaders, a definitive list of 25 people who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and caused the most disruption in business over the past quarter century since CNBC went live.

In his commencement address, Weill plans to address the importance of giving back and a new paradigm emerging in philanthropy, as well as some key leadership qualities.

I am really looking forward to being the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2014 and congratulating the students on their many, outstanding achievements,” Weill said. “I applaud their hard work in the classroom as I am a firm believer that education is the key that can unlock the door to one’s future.”

Weill also serves as chairman of Hamilton Insurance Group. On Wall Street, he was instrumental in building two financial services conglomerates, Citigroup and Shearson. He retired as CEO of Citigroup in 2003 and served as chairman until 2006. In 1998, Weill was the recipient of Financial World Magazine’s CEO of the Year Award and received the same honor from Chief Executive Magazine in 2002. Weill served as director of the New York Federal Reserve from 2001 to 2006. He also served as the boards of United Technologies, AT&T, and DuPont.

Weill and his wife, Joan, are world-renowned philanthropists and were recipients of the 2009 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. He serves on a number of boards, including as a member of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Board of Advisors and member of the executive council for UCSF. His board chairman roles include Carnegie Hall, Weill Cornell Medical College, the National Academy Foundation and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. Weill is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His book, “The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy,” was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Live and on-demand webcasts of the commencement will be available at the campus Commencement Video web site.

Learn more about GSM Commencement.

About the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Dedicated to preparing innovative leaders for global impact, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is consistently ranked among the premier business schools in the United States and internationally. The School’s faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and pioneering research in advancing management thinking and best practices. With prime locations in Northern California’s economic hubs, the school provides a bold, innovative approach to management education for full-time MBA students and Master of Professional Accountancy students at the UC Davis campus, and part-time MBA students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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