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BellSouth Corporation Executive Duane Ackerman is Boyles Lecturer April 7

1.jpgBOONE – F. Duane Ackerman, chairman and chief executive officer for BellSouth Corporation, will be the speaker for the Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished CEO Lecture April 7 at Appalachian State University.

The event, sponsored by the Walker College of Business, begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. A reception will follow at 3:15 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

The lecture and reception are open to the public. For information, call (828) 262-2057.

Ackerman began his communications career in 1964, and has served in numerous capacities with BellSouth. In 1992, he was named president and CEO of BellSouth Telecommunications, BellSouth’s largest subsidiary. He became vice chairman and chief operating officer of BellSouth Corporation in 1995, and president and CEO of BellSouth in 1997. In 1998, he also assumed responsibilities as chairman.

A native of Florida, Ackerman holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Rollins College in Florida, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., serving nearly 50 million local, long distance, Internet and wireless customers in the United States and 12 countries. BellSouth is a parent company of Cingular Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless voice and data provider. With more than $26 billion in annual revenue and close to 64,000 employees, BellSouth has more than 20 million access lines in service, 1.9 million DSL subscribers and 5.7 million long-distance subscribers.

The Boyles CEO Lecture Series is named for the late Harlan E. Boyles, who served for 24 years as N.C. state treasurer.

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