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Wachovia’s Ken Thompson is Boyles CEO Lecturer

092602thompson_dl.jpgBOONE–G. Kennedy (Ken) Thompson, chief executive officer and president of Wachovia Corporation, will be the speaker for the Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished CEO Lecture on Monday, Oct. 7, at Appalachian State University.

The event is sponsored by the Walker College of Business.Thompson’s speech starts at 2 p.m. in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. A reception will follow at 3:15 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

The lecture and the reception are open to the public.

For information call (828) 262-2057.

Thompson assumed his current position a year ago following the merger of Wachovia and First Union corporations.

Thompson held a variety of positions at First Union after joining the company in 1976.

He served as vice chairman of the corporation and head of Global Capital Markets, president of First Union-Florida, senior vice president and head of First Union Human Resources, president of First Union-Georgia, manager of the New York loan production office, manager of the Middle Market Department and head of the Southeast Division.

A native of Rocky Mount, Thompson graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in American Studies. He received an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Wachovia is the fourth-largest bank holding company in the United States based on assets. Headquartered in Charlotte, the company has total assets of $325 billion and deposits of $181 billion. It conducts business at 2,800 financial centers and 560 retail brokerage offices located in 11 East Coast states and Washington, D.C.

The company employs 8,000 people and provides services to nine million households and 900,000 businesses.

For the second consecutive year, Wachovia has ranked among the nation’s 100 best companies for working mothers according to Working Mother magazine. And, for the fourth year, Wachovia has been on the top 50 list of companies that provide the best professional opportunities for Latinas, according to LATINA Style magazine.

Also attending this fall’s activities will be former state treasurer Harlan E. Boyles, for whom the lecture series is named, and North Carolina’s current state treasurer Richard H. Moore.

The Walker College of Business, through its sponsorship of the Harlan E. Boyles CEO Lecture Series, provides an opportunity for students, faculty and members of the community to meet outstanding business leaders.

This fall’s lecture is the 30th in the series.