Executive Leader Lecture Series
Chairman of the Board (Retired) Diebold, Inc.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Holloway Hall Auditorium
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Lauer has overseen companies making goods from plastics to tires to automated
teller machines (ATMs). In the long run, however, they all made the same thing:
chairman of the board of Diebold, Inc., is the next speaker in Salisbury
University’s Perdue Executive Leader Lecture Series. His presentation is 3:30
p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in Holloway Hall Auditorium.
Early in his career,
Lauer headed marketing and sales for Celanese Chemical Co., served as president
of Celanese Specialty Operations and Hoechst Celanese Engineering Resins, and
served on the worldwide management board for plastics and waxes of Hoechst, AG
in Frankfurt, Germany.
He retired from
Hoechst Celanese Corp. in 1989 and joined the B.F. Goodrich Co. as executive
vice president and president of its Geon Vinyl division. He was elected the
company’s president and chief operating officer in 1990, holding the position
From there, he
pursued personal investment interests, working closely with Primus Venture
Partners of Cleveland; Bessemer Holdings, LP of New York; and Madison Dearborn
Capital Partners of Chicago in an attempt to acquire a global petrochemical
enterprise. In 1997, he invested in Oglebay Norton Co. of Cleveland, a business
supplying essential natural mineral resources for industrial, commercial and
retail customers in North America.
He retired as
chairman of Oglebay Norton in 2003, becoming chairman of the board of Diebold in
2005. Until his retirement from that company earlier this year, he oversaw the
board of the Ohio-based company, a global leader in ATMs and electronic security
products and services, including voting machines.
In addition, Lauer
has served on several private national and international corporate boards of
directors. He is the former chairman of the University of Maryland, College Park
(UMCP) Board of Visitors and is currently chairman of the University of Maryland
Foundation Board of Trustees.
He served eight years
as vice president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation Board of Trustees and
recently was appointed honorary foreign economic counselor to Hungary.
Lauer holds a B.S. in
chemical engineering from UMCP and an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University at
Kingsville. In addition, he has conducted extensive doctoral management research
at Case Western Reserve University in the areas of societal consequences of
munificent CEO compensation and human rights issues in central Europe.
Sponsored by the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business,
admission to his talk is free and the public is invited. For more information
call 410-543-6119 or visit the SU website at