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“CEO Conversations” fall 2009 series wraps up with Don Spence

11/11/2009 —
The final event in the fall 2009 CEO Conversations series at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus features Don SpenceDon Spence, CEO of Home Healthcare Solutions, Philips Healthcare. This free event, open to the public, will be held Wednesday, November 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Fayette campus’ Community Center.

Spence was appointed CEO of Philips Home Healthcare Solutions in November of 2008. Prior to that, he served as the president of Sleep and Home Respiratory Group for Respironics—Home Healthcare Solutions’ predecessor—a position he held since 2005. Throughout his 30-year career, Spence has acquired extensive senior management experience in global businesses covering sales and marketing, manufacturing, finance, and R&D.

At BOC Group, P.L.C., Spence served in positions of increasing responsibility in the company’s medical equipment business, Ohmeda. From 1987, he held positions including business unit controller, director of field operations, general manager of service, and vice president of global marketing. In 1997, he was appointed president of Ohmeda’s Medical Systems Division, where he was responsible for the world’s largest anesthesia delivery systems company.  

When Ohmeda was sold to Instrumentarium in 1998 and became Datex-Ohmeda, Spence led the post-acquisition integration of the two businesses in North America.

From the late ‘90s until he joined Respironics in 2005, Spence held a number of positions with GKN, P.L.C. He was the senior vice president of global sales and marketing for GKN Sinter Metals located in Auburn Hills, Mich.; president/CEO of GKN Sinter Metals, a global powder metal supplier; managed all global operations and functioned as the senior executive contact to General Motors for all of GKN’s automotive divisions; and served as executive vice president of GKN Automotive.

Spence holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Michigan State University and Central Michigan University, respectively.
 
An initiative of Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie, CEO Conversations 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 Attorney General Tom Corbett and Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon; Sheetz Inc. Chairman Stephen Sheetz; American Eagle Outfitters CEO James O’Donnell; Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack; Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl; Allegheny Construction Group Owner and President Laura Deklewa; Pittsburgh Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer; the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Marjorie Rendell; John Kosar, chairman emeritus of Burt Hill; and Steve Tritch, chairman of Westinghouse Electric Company.
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