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USC Viterbi's 2013 Commencement Keynote Speakers

Carol Bartz and N.R. Narayana Murthy will speak at the 2013 Viterbi Commencement Ceremonies
BY: Megan Hazle
May 13, 2013 —


USC Viterbi Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker

Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz is the lead director on the Board of Cisco Systems, a multinational corporation based in San Jose, California, that produces networking products. During her extensive career, she held several business leadership positions at Sun Microsystems and led Autodesk for 12 years as CEO and executive chairman until February 2009, when she transitioned to Yahoo!. As CEO of Yahoo!, Bartz modernized technology platforms, acquired companies for expansion, forged partnerships, and grew the consumer audience to 800M people.

Bartz serves as a director of the National Medals of Science and Technology Foundation, and as trustee of the Paley Center for Media. She has also served on other public company boards, including Intel and NetApp, and is regularly listed as one of Fortune's “Most Powerful Women.” She also supports key causes important to her, including the American Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Heart Association.

Bartz will speak at the Viterbi Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 17. The ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. in Exposition Park on the West Lawn.


USC Viterbi Master's Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker

N.R. Narayana Murthy

N.R. Narayana Murthy is the founder and chairman emeritus of Infosys Limited, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, India. Since founding the company in 1981, he has served as its CEO, chairman, and chief mentor, and Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999.

During his distinguished career, Murthy has served on many industry and university boards, including those of HSBC, the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, Cornell University, Singapore Management University, and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the boards of the Ford Foundation, the Rhodes Trust, the Indian School of Business, and the UN Foundation and is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

In 2012, Fortune magazine named Murthy one of the “12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time,” following his 2005 ranking in The Economist as one of the ten most admired global business leaders. He has received numerous other distinctions and awards, including the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India, the Legion d’honneur by the Government of France, and the CBE by the British government, and was the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Max Schmidheiny Liberty prize. In 2007, Murthy received the Ernst Weber Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), and last year was awarded the Hoover Medal and the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award by The Tech Museum, California. He has approximately 25 honorary doctorates from universities in India and abroad.

Murthy will speak at the Viterbi Master's Commencement Ceremony on May 17. The ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Galen Center.