Imperial Sugar President and CEO Sheptor to Take
Students through Highs and Lows of Entrepreneurship
Sugar may not be only for baking, if you ask Imperial Sugar President and CEO John C. Sheptor, who will be the featured speaker at the Fall 2011 Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series (DESS) presented by the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business.
Sheptor is recognized as a visionary leader in the global manufacturing and supply chain industries. He is known for achieving strong organizational growth, expanding Imperial Sugar across borders and building resourceful teams that have succeeded in the most challenging times.
As CEO, Sheptor is responsible for all operations, logistics, sales, marketing, customer service and commodities management areas that support Imperial Sugar’s evolving go-to-market and consumer outreach strategies.
Having led global strategic business initiatives in more than 80 countries during his career, Sheptor was appointed deputy director of the Supply Chain Management System initiative funded under President Bush’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief program, where he drove large-scale change to the healthcare delivery system, improving service and care to thousands of patients in Africa.
Sheptor’s insight will no doubt be valuable to entrepreneurship students and the University community, says WCE associate director Ken Jones.
“John Sheptor epitomizes the entrepreneurship spirit, and in this case, in the confines of a very large Houston-based company,” he adds. “He has shown the foresight and vision under difficult market conditions to develop new outlets and applications for sugar. It will be a fascinating presentation.”
The DESS featuring Sheptor will be held at 7 p.m. in Stubblefield Auditorium in Michael J. Cemo Hall and is free and open to the public.
By Ryan Tang