Executive-in-Residence Program

Heidelberg's Executives-in-Residence (EIR) Program provides students with realistic career advice and a link to the corporate world. The high level executives bring real-life practical perspectives that are melded with the theoretical knowledge advanced in business classes. It increases student awareness of the importance of developing professional based academic experiences and the role of leadership skills in managing desired changes.

These executives, who are highly success professionals with experience in running for-profit and non-profit organizations, share their wisdom and vision in achieving successful and meaningful careers. They serve as guest lecturers, interacting with both students and faculty in one-on-one and group settings, provide insights to student organizations, and engage with the campus community by providing networking opportunities for both students and faculty.

GrierKathleen T. Geier - Spring 2013

Kathleen T. Geier is president of KTG Consulting LLC, a human resources firm specializing in executive coaching, succession planning, and leadership and organization development.

Geier retired as the senior vice president, global human resources, from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in September 2008 with 30 years of service. She was responsible for developing and executing a global human resources strategy for Goodyear and ensuring that HR initiatives were in place to drive the company’s competitiveness in the marketplace.

She served as director for Goodyear’s Eastern Europe, Africa & Middle East region, based in Brussels. Prior to that she served as human resource director in Akron for North America business units and corporate staff. Geier’s operational experience included assignments as plant manager in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa where she managed an industrial and automotive hose manufacturing facility and served as president of Goodyear’s Cosmoflex subsidiary in Hannibal, Missouri. She was business center manager for Goodyear in its St. Marys, Ohio engineered products plant and she was operations manager for Cosmoflex.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and psychology from Heidelberg University in 1978 and completed the Yale Executive Management Program in 1989. Geier is currently serving on the board as Vice Chair for Summa Insurance Company/SummaCare Inc. She also serves on the boards of the Akron Area YMCA, and Heidelberg University.

Ed WhiteEdward C. White - Fall 2012

Edward C. White was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Owens-Illinois, Inc. He was named CFO in 2005 after completing the successful integration of O-I’s European operations through their acquisition of glass producer BSN Glasspack, making it the largest glass packaging manufacturer in the world. White co-led the company’s European integration team, which merged 20 O-I and 20 BSN production facilities, and integrated 13 country headquarters into a single O-I European business unit with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Prior to this, White served as senior vice president of Finance and Administration. He had responsibility for corporate accounting and reporting, budgeting and operations analysis, as well as tax, risk management, internal audit and shared services (receivables, payables, payroll). He was first named an officer of the company in 1999 when he assumed the position of vice president and controller of the firm.

White joined O-I in 1973 directly after serving as a captain in the U.S. Army.. He held a multitude of financial, manufacturing and marketing management positions in many locations, including St. Louis, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago and Boston. He also has vast international experience, from identifying partners in China for the company’s plastic bottle technology to serving in various senior management positions in Finland, Poland and Switzerland. White holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii.

Previous Executives

Jerry Ross  Spring 2012

John Q. Adams Fall 2011