CEO of Heinz North America opens 'CEO Conversations' at Fayette campus

The fall 2010 CEO Conversations series kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The first conversation will feature Scott O’Hara, executive vice president, president and CEO of Heinz North America. CEO Conversations is free, open to the public and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the campus’ Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium, in the Community Center.

In early 2006, O’Hara joined Heinz as the executive vice president of Asia-Pacific, Rest of World and Canada. From that position, he was appointed to executive vice president, president and CEO of Heinz Europe in May of 2006. In January of 2007, he was also appointed leader of the Heinz Global Supply Chain Task Force and, as of July of 2009, he is the executive vice president, president and CEO of Heinz North America.

Before coming to Heinz, O’Hara held various positions with Gillette Group International which included senior vice president, Europe; general manager in the United Kingdom and for the Benelux countries of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg; and vice president of sales.

O’Hara is a member of Ecolab’s board of directors, as well as the organization’s audit and finance committees. Ecolab is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services.

O’Hara is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

CEO Conversations is an initiative of the late Emmanuel I. Osagie, chancellor of Penn State Fayette from 2007 to March 2010. The program is designed to give students the opportunity to hear from and talk with key individuals in the local, regional, and national business communities about business, entrepreneurship and leadership, but the events are free and open to the public.

CEO Conversations debuted in fall 2007 with local businessman, philanthropist, and former Fayette County Commissioner Joseph A. Hardy III as the guest speaker. Guest speakers have also included Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett and Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon; Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack; Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl; Allegheny Construction Group Owner and President Laura Deklewa; Pittsburgh Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer; First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Marjorie Rendell; Principal/chairman emeritus of Burt Hill John Kosar; Chairman of Westinghouse Electric Company Steve Tritch; Philips Healthcare CEO Don Spence; President/CEO of Highmark, Inc. Dr. Kenneth R. Melani; President/CEO of Whitney, Bradley & Brown William C. McMullen; and President/CEO of MSA William M. Lambert.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010