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April 2, 2012

FedEx CEO and founder to deliver Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, will present the 2012 Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center.

Smith will speak on “Entrepreneurial Leadership” and discuss the connections between leadership and entrepreneurship while reflecting on his experiences at FedEx, which he founded in 1971.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Smith is one of the most successful business pioneers in America, overseeing a $41 billion global company that serves over 220 countries and territories, employs over 290,000 team members, and handles in excess of 8.5 million shipments each business day.

An advocate as well as a businessman, Smith has emerged as a leading proponent for a national energy policy, better vehicle energy-efficiency standards, free trade, regulatory reform, and “open skies agreements” for aviation around the world.  His philanthropic work has also made an impact; highlights include service as co-chairman of both the U.S. World War II Memorial Project and the campaign for the National Museum of the Marine Corps alongside BSC President Gen. Charles C. Krulak.  A member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, he is the former chairman of the Board of Governors for the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Air Transport Association.

The success of FedEx reflects Smith’s leadership talent.  Fortune magazine named FedEx as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and the “Blue Ribbon Companies.”  FedEx also was selected for Chief Executive magazine’s “Best Companies for Leaders” list, with Smith recognized as the best CEO in 2004.

Smith graduated from Yale University and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1970.

The Stump Entrepreneurship Lecture is part of the Birmingham-Southern College Entrepreneurship Programs, endowed by Jane and Kevin Stump of Birmingham, both graduates of BSC, with support from an existing endowed fund created by Joseph S. Bruno.  Kevin Stump is founder, chairman, and CEO of Interconn Resources, Inc.

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