In Webster China Visit, Emerson’s David Farr Named 2012 CEO of the Year

| June 25, 2012

Dean Akande presents 2012 CEO of the Year award to David Farr.

Webster University’s campus location in Chengdu, China, hosted the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology’s June 18 event with David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson, a St. Louis-based global manufacturing and technology company.

Farr, who has led Emerson as an innovator in markets across the globe, spoke on “The Importance of Growth, Technology and Innovation” to Webster students, alumni, community members and business constituents of Webster University in Chengdu.

Following his presentation, Farr was named the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology’s 2012 CEO of the Year.

Farr took multiple questions from the audience and remained after his address to talk to the students and alumni personally. A dinner and networking reception immediately followed.

Farr’s address focused on the importance of growth, technology and innovation in business. His appearance in China reflects a rich Emerson history in Asia that spans more than three decades. In the 1990s, the company became the first U.S. firm to set up a company of an investment nature headquartered in Shanghai.

Webster University Chengdu - Farr

Emerson's David Farr spoke to Webster students, alumni and community members in Chengdu, China.

“David is an insightful leader who is known throughout his industry as an extraordinary businessman,” said Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School, upon presenting the honor. “He is a global leader and a great friend of higher education.”

Farr has served as chief executive officer of Emerson since October 2000. He was named chairman in September 2004. Under his leadership the company’s position in global markets has grown. Farr told his audience that Emerson’s emerging market sales are now shifting beyond the top rising markets.

“Just as Emerson has expanded its global position to serve customers around the world, it is exciting to see how Webster University is establishing its own ‘centers of excellence’ here in China and elsewhere as it grows its reach into important international markets,” said Farr.

As the Walker School of Business’ 2012 CEO of the Year, Farr joins an exclusive group of thought leaders, including IBM’s retired chairman/CEO Sam Palmisano and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey.

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