Ericsson’s Angel Ruiz Will Be Keynote Speaker at UTD Event

The way to success involves hard work and thinking outside the box — or maybe not even acknowledging the box exists.

Angel Ruiz

BREAKFAST RAISES MONEY FOR JINDAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS


Angel Ruiz, chairman of Ericsson’s Executive Leadership Team and its operations in the Americas, will be speaking on “Disruptive Leadership in a Global Economy” at the annual Naveen Jindal School of Management Scholarship Breakfast.

The breakfast, first held in 2009, raises scholarship money for students attending the Jindal School at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Ruiz knows about disruption, having arrived in the U.S. with his Cuban refugee family in the 1960s. They moved in with his aunt in Baltimore and ultimately Ruiz went to college, covering his expenses with jobs at places such as Montgomery Ward and a laundromat. After graduating with an electrical engineering degree, he moved on to Bethlehem Steel and NASA, learning even more.

“He’s not one to rest on success.” 

Diane McNulty

“This is a great opportunity to hear Ruiz speak about leadership and why it matters,” said Dr. Diane McNulty, Jindal School associate dean for external affairs and corporate development.  “He’s not one to rest on success.”

Ruiz’s hard work paid off. He’s been with Ericsson for more than 20 years and was named head of North America operations in 2001. He’s been pushing the telecom giant to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving industry ever since.

“Even though Ericsson is a mature company, it remains an industry powerhouse because it’s constantly adapting to the current business climate,” said Erica Yaeger, Jindal School assistant dean for development and alumni relations.

Under Ruiz’s leadership, Ericsson has become the No. 1 provider of telecommunications solutions and services in North America, a region that is leading the world in LTE network deployments.

Ruiz has been instrumental in this technology leap, ensuring the link between Ericsson’s research and development resources to deliver products and services that enable operators to launch 4G. Through his leadership, Ericsson has hired UT Dallas graduates, given professorships and scholarships, and is helping transform UT Dallas into a top research university.

“Even though Ericsson is a mature company, it remains an industry powerhouse because it’s constantly adapting to the current business climate.” 

Erica Yaeger

The event includes networking before and after the speaker along with breakfast. Corporate sponsorships at several levels are available with individual tickets on sale for $50 each. The event is a source of scholarships for Jindal School students.

“One benefit of this event is the opportunity to meet other business leaders in the Dallas area and to meet some of our fabulous students,” McNulty said. “I know we’ve had a couple very successful matchings that have taken place at the event in the past where an exec connected with a student who had expertise in an area the company was looking to fill. We are always excited when that happens.”

IF YOU GO

Naveen Jindal School of Management Scholarship Breakfast

What: Ericsson’s Angel Ruiz will be speaking on “Disruptive Leadership in a Global Economy” in a discussion moderated by Bill Sproull. The breakfast, first held in 2009, raises scholarship money for students attending the Jindal School at The University of Texas at Dallas.

When: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2

Where: The Westin Galleria Hotel, 13340 Dallas Parkway, in Dallas

More Info: jindal.utdallas.edu


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