The Clair and Gladys Strommen Executive Speaker Series at Augsburg College will host a free presentation by Chris Killingstad, president and CEO of Tennant Company, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, in Sateren Auditorium.
The Strommen Executive Speaker Series brings local business leaders to Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus to share their insights and expertise.
The series is offered quarterly, and in the lecture, “Lessons in Innovation: Essential Elements for Business Success in the 21st Century,” Killingstad will discuss how living and working in nearly a dozen countries has brought a strong international perspective to his career.
About the presenter
In 2005, Killingstad was named president and CEO of Tennant Company, a world-leading manufacturer of chemical-free indoor and outdoor cleaning solutions that aims to create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. He joined the Golden Valley-based company in April 2002 as vice president, North America. Before joining Tennant, Killingstad was with the Pillsbury Company for 12 years in several senior management positions, most recently as senior vice president and general manager. Prior to that, he served at Pepsi-Cola and General Electric.
Born in New York City, Killingstad has lived in 10 countries. He has a master’s degree from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University. He has served on the Walker Art Center’s Board of Trustees since 2009. Killingstad lives in Orono, Minn. His interests include golf, running, fly fishing, the arts, and wine collecting.
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