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Local Executive Brings International Business Expertise to SDSU

Rod Lanthorne

San Diego business executive, Rod Lanthorne, has been on SDSU's College of Business advisory board for the past 13 years. Now, the former president of Kyocera International Inc. has taken his involvement with the college to a new level by working directly with SDSU's business students, faculty and staff as part of the Executive-in-Residence program.

The Executive-in-Residence program has been created to connect students and faculty within the College of Business Administration with the local business community. Lanthorne and other executives in the program will implement initiatives that provide a link between theoretical study and real-world business practices that correspond to each executive's area of expertise for a period of one year.

Lanthorne, who recently retired as the vice chairman of Kyocera International and served as the company's president for over 23 years will initiate projects that incorporate elements of business management, international business, and organization expertise within foreign-based companies.

We developed the Executive-in-Residence program at SDSU's College of Business to allow local business executives to offer students a way to connect their theoretical classroom studies and actual business practices
Dr. Gangaram Singh

"We developed the Executive-in-Residence program at SDSU's College of Business to allow local business executives to offer students a way to connect their theoretical classroom studies and actual business practices," said Dr. Gangaram Singh, interim dean of SDSU's College of Business Administration. "Rod's long-standing affiliation with the college and his years of high-level hands-on business experience made him a natural choice to be one of the first executives to kick-off the new program."

Lanthorne joined Kyocera International in 1979 as its chief financial officer and was the first American to sit on the board of a publicly-traded Japanese company.