10/6/2004

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Contact: Carol Rose, KU Center for International Business, (785) 864 4583

KU grad, former international business CEO to give lecture on global energy

LAWRENCE -- International business executive Larry D. Horner, a 1956 University of Kansas business graduate, will give the free public lecture "Global Energy Landscape: Politics, Finance and the Environment" on Friday, Oct. 8, as the 2004 KU international executive-in-residence.

The speech, at 3:30 p.m. in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium, is presented by KU's Center for International Business Education and Research in the School of Business.

When he was chairman and chief executive officer of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., Horner was among the first in the accounting profession to foresee the globalization of markets and the need for worldwide accounting standards. He masterminded the merger of Peat Marwick with the German-Dutch-Anglo firm of Klynveld Main Goerdeler. This transaction created KMPG, the world's largest international accounting firm, and set off a wave of such mergers.

Horner retired from KPMG in March 1991 and later served a decade as the chairman of Pacific USA Holdings Corp. and of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable, Ltd., both affiliated with a Taiwanese corporation. Horner has been involved in business with China for about 30 years.

He serves on the boards of the corporations ConocoPhillips, UTStarcom, Atlantis Plastics, Technical Olympic USA, Clinical Data and New River Pharmaceuticals. Horner has been a director of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and an officer and director of numerous educational, cultural and human-care charitable organizations.

Horner received KU's Distinguished Business Alumni award in 1998 and a Distinguished Service Citation in 1993. The Larry Horner/KPMG Peat Marwick distinguished professorship in the School of Business is named in his honor, and he is a founding member of the CIBER Advisory Council.

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