Three alums leading Fortune 500 companies to return for special talk

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Union will welcome back to campus three alumni who are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies for a special conversation on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. in the Stanley O’Brien ’74 Center for Collaboration and Engagement.

James Loree ’80 of Stanley Black & Decker, Richard Templeton ’80 of Texas Instruments and Devin Wenig ’88 of eBay will discuss “Developing Leaders for an Uncertain Tomorrow.”

President David R. Harris will moderate the conversation, which is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The event begins promptly at 6 p.m. A livestream will be available in overflow spaces.

Union was recently included among the top 30 schools that graduated the most current CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. The College was one of the few liberal arts schools to make the list.

Left to right: James Loree ’80 of Stanley Black & Decker, Richard Templeton ’80 of Texas Instruments and Devin Wenig ’88 of eBay 

Left to right: James Loree ’80 of Stanley Black & Decker, Richard Templeton ’80 of Texas Instruments
and Devin Wenig ’88 of eBay

“We are delighted to welcome back these three distinguished alumni,” Harris said. “The world is changing faster than people realize, and Jim, Rich and Devin have all been at the forefront of that change as outstanding leaders of their companies. We are particularly proud that the hallmark elements of a Union education, one that combines breadth and depth in liberal arts and engineering, and emphasizes critical thinking, creativity and communication skills, has helped them thrive in their careers. We look forward to the messages they will share with the campus community.”

Loree is president and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, a purpose-driven industrial organization that operates the world’s largest tools and storage business and businesses in commercial electronic security, engineered fastening, infrastructure and oil and gas. He joined the company in 1999 as CFO and was eventually promoted to COO and president. He was named CEO in 2016. Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, he spent 19 years at General Electric.

At Union, Loree graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, one of the highest distinctions given for academic achievement. He is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Templeton is chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments, a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company. He joined the company shortly after graduating from Union. He was named president and CEO in 2004 and became chairman of the board in 2008. He has been listed as a top CEO in Institutional Investor’s Best Semiconductor CEOs in America for several years, including 2019. In 2012, he received the Semiconductor Industry Association’s highest award, citing his service as a “vigorous advocate for science, technology, engineering and math education.”

He graduated from Union with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and was a member of the football team.

Wenig is president and CEO of eBay. He is the third CEO in the company’s history. He joined eBay in September 2011 after more than 18 years at Thomson Reuters, the global media organization. He became CEO in July 2015 after overseeing eBay's Marketplaces business as its president.

At Union, Wenig received a bachelor of arts in political science. He holds a law degree from Columbia University Law School.