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Global Corporate Social Responsibility in the Midst of Crisis and Uncertainty

2014-08-26 00:00:00
The topic of corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be helpful in considering a wide variety of global business issues. However, the role of CSR in periods of uncertainly, high risk and global crisis has only recently been considered. This panel discussion will explore ways in which CSR can enhance effective risk and crisis management as well as provide a way for private industry to collaborate with policymakers and civil society to have a positive impact for their organization and around the world.

A Panel Discussion with
Hannu Kasi, Country Manager Czech Republic and Cluster Leader for SK, HU & UA, ABB 
Monika Horníková, Vice President and General Manager of the Pharmaceuticals Division with GlaxoSmithKline, s.r.o.
Martin Novák, Chief Finance Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, ČEZ Group
Lucie Hrdličková, r
eporter, Hospodarske Noviny

Facilitated by          
Audrey Murrell, Associate Dean and Professor, Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, College of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday August 26, 2014
Hotel Boscolo Carlo IV, Senovazne namesti 13, Praha 1

17:30-18:00  on-site registration
18:00-19:00  panel discussion, Q&A (Opera Ballroom) 
19:00-20:30  informal networking (Innox Bar)

How can risk management and social responsibility be balanced to add value to any global organization?
How does CSR help leaders equip their organizations to address crisis situations?
How can recent examples of problems across global supply chains be understood from a CSR perspective?

The event will be held as a part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz EMBA program’s Global Executive Forum in Prague and will be attended by this year’s Executive MBA students from Europe, the USA and Brazil, as well as Katz alumni and senior members of the business community in Prague. The discussion will be held in English.


The event is complimentary and by invitation only. Capacity is limited. 

If you cannot access the form, or if you would like to invite a colleague or a prospective EMBA student to this event, please contact Katerina Vorasicka at kvorasicka@katz.pitt.edu.


Hannu Kasi

Hannu Kasi is ABB’s Country Manager for the Czech Republic since 2010. He is also head of the cluster which includes Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine. Hannu Kasi has international experience within the power and automation industry. He has been with ABB for over 27 years and has held a number of management roles in business and finance in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. Hannu Kasi comes from Finland where he achieved a degree in Marketing and International Trade and holds an MSc and a PhD in economics. In his student years, Mr. Kasi worked in Prague with Tesla Electronics factory. Hannu Kasi considers himself as visionary, but pragmatic at the same time when it comes to implementation of his vision.

Monika Horníková

Pharm Dr. Monika Horníková is the Vice President and General Manager of the Pharmaceuticals Division with GlaxoSmithKline, s.r.o.

She graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Comenius University in Bratislava. Monika has been working in the pharmaceutical industry since 1992. From 1995 she led the Slovak branch office of GlaxoWellcome. After its merge with SmithKline Beecham in 2001 she bace the CEO of the newly formed company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

In 2006 Monika led the GSK businesses in Latvia and Estonia. Since 2007 she has been leading the Pharmaceuticals Division of GSK in the Czech Republic and has been responsible for the Oncology Division of GSK Central Europe. Under her leadership in the Czech Republic GSK regularly ranks high in the Top Responsible Companies Award in the category of the „Most Generous Corporate Donors“.

Lucie Hrdličková

Lucie Hrdlickova is a reporter working for the largest Czech daily business newspaper, Hospodarske Noviny since 2010. Currently, she covers topics in the area of retail, marketing and CSR, as well as updates in transfers of managers. Previously, she focused on topics relating to foreign economic issues and led the foreign affairs section of www.ihned.cz. In addition to her work for Hospodarske Noviny, she is a trainer and consultant at the Center for Media Education. Lucie Hrdličková has a Master’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the Charles University in Prague.

Martin Novák

Martin Novák, Chief Finance Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, ČEZ Group, graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and started his career as a tax advisor at PriceWaterhouse in 1994. From here he moved on to Česká rafinérská, where he worked from 1996 to 2001. He spent the next 5 years at Conoco in Houston, ConocoPhillips in London and ConocoPhillips in Prague. In 2007 he undertook the Executive MBA programme at the University of Pittsburgh.

He has been working in the ČEZ Group since 2006. Since 1 January 2008, he has been the Finance Division Director of ČEZ Group. Since May 2008, he has been the Member of the Board of Directors. Since October 2011, he has been the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. In the course of his employment with the ČEZ Group, he has managed to accelerate considerably the reporting of results, simplify many processes, reduce the number of Group accounting departments and improve the efficiency of provided services with a direct impact on cost reduction.

Panel Facilitator:

Audrey J. Murrell
Associate Dean and Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, College of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh

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