Joseph Veltri, vice president of product planning for Chrysler Group LLC, will be the speaker for the 2013 Sylvan T. Warrington Visiting Lectureship in Ethics and Leadership. The lecture will be held September 26, from 6–7:30 p.m. in North Business College Complex room N100.
In his lecture, Veltri will address the convergence of corporate citizenship and corporate strategy and share his vision for the future of the auto industry.
Veltri is known for rising up through the ranks at Chrysler from financial analyst to asset management to strategic planning and development to product planning and marketing. He has headed truck and SUV product planning, making him directly responsible for all such vehicles, and he has built brand equity as head of Jeep Brand Europe. In his current position, Veltri leads the company’s current and future product planning.
Veltri received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Broad College (’80), became a certified public accountant, and later earned a master’s degree in business management from Eastern Michigan University.
The Warrington Lectureship was established with an endowment in the Broad College by MSU alumni Edward R. James (BA Economics ’56) and Jeannie Warrington James (BA Human Ecology ’57) to honor her father, Sylvan T. Warrington. An agricultural and food industry innovator, Warrington was known for his Midwestern values and respect for land-grant education.