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Home Depot CEO to speak at SPSU

Frank Blake, CEO of The Home Depot

Frank Blake, CEO of The Home Depot, will give a presentation on “Leadership with Integrity” on Wed., Mar. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The program is open to all faculty and staff members, alumni and students, especially business majors.

Blake has been with The Home Depot since 2002 and has served as vice chairman of the board of directors and executive vice president for business development and corporate operations. During this time, he was responsible for real estate, credit services, store construction, strategic business development and growth initiatives. He became the chairman and CEO of the company in 2007.

Prior to joining the senior management of The Home Depot, Blake served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) responsible for leading departmental policy decisions and managing a $19 billion annual budget. He also previously served as the senior vice president of corporate business development at General Electric (GE). There, he orchestrated worldwide mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and the identification of strategic growth opportunities. Blake also served as general counsel and head of business development for GE Power Systems.

In addition, Blake has served as general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), deputy counsel to vice president George Bush and law clerk to Justice Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a jurisprudence degree from Columbia University School of Law. Blake also serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Aquarium.