Invitation to the Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series
January 07, 2007

The School of Management of the University of Ottawa, Dean Micheál Kelly and CATAAlliance President John Reid, are pleased to welcome our guest speaker: Mike S. Zafirovski, President and Chief Executive Officer at Nortel
Discussing: "Changing the Trajectory of a Global Company"

Nortel is - in many ways - the representative high-tech company, competing in a fierce global market where the rate of change and innovation is unforgiving to companies who lack agility. Global leadership ultimately comes down to a company's strategic vision and its ability to execute on it with decisiveness and speed. Mike Zafirovski, President and CEO at Nortel, will share Nortel's plan on how this Canadian flagship enterprise is changing its business trajectory to re-create a great company.

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2007
Time: 7:00 a.m. Coffee and networking
7:30 a.m. Sit-down breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Presentation
Location: Capone's Eastside Ristorante
831 Industrial Avenue
Ottawa ON
Cost: $20 per person
$15 for U of O students and alumni

(Payable in advance by MasterCard, Visa, cash or cheque. Onsite registrants will be charged an additional $10.00.) Register early. Seats are limited. Twenty-four hour cancellation notice is required. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions are allowed at any time.
Registration: Online:

136 Jean-Jacques Lussier
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Tel.: (613) 562-5800 x2396
Fax: (613) 562-5332

by email to:

About the Speaker:

Mike S. Zafirovski,,
President and chief executive officer at Nortel

Mike Zafirovski is president and chief executive officer at Nortel, a global leader in innovative communications and services that are enabling the transformation of businesses around the world.
Since joining Nortel in November, 2005, Zafirovski has drawn on his depth of global business expertise to drive sustainable business improvements that build on the company's innovative strength in new technologies that are bringing unprecedented levels of personalization, security and mobility to communications.

Zafirovski, 52, is a 30-year business veteran with impressive global experience at two of the world's highest profile corporate innovators - General Electric and Motorola.

Prior to his current role at Nortel, he was president and chief operating officer of Motorola, Inc. from July 2002 to February 2005 where he was a key player leading the company's re-emergence in innovation, market share gains and significant profitability improvements by all six businesses. Zafirovski joined Motorola in June 2000 to lead its mobile devices business, which during his tenure returned to profitability and increased market share through the introduction of exciting new products and the Moto branding campaign.

Before his leadership positions at Motorola, Zafirovski spent 25 years at General Electric (GE), including 13 years as president and chief executive officer of five businesses in the industrial, financial services and insurance businesses. Prior to that, he held a number of increasingly senior positions in finance, auditing, marketing and strategy/business development at various GE businesses.
Zafirovski holds a B.A. in mathematics from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where he also captained the intercollegiate soccer and swimming teams. In 2002, Edinboro University awarded Zafirovski with an honorary doctorate degree. A native of Macedonia, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2004.

Zafirovski serves on the board of directors of Boeing. An active member of civic and business communities, Zafirovski serves on several professional, educational and non-profit business organizations, including The Canadian Council of Chief Executives, The Economic Club of Chicago and the Macedonian Arts Council. He and his wife Robin are the national chairs for Duke University's Parents' Committee. They have three sons.

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