UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Cree CEO to speak at Dean's Speaker Series


Charles M. (Chuck) Swoboda, the president, chairman and chief executive officer of Cree, Inc., will give a free, public talk as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series at UNC Kenan-Flagler on Sept. 15.

Swoboda has devoted his career to making the energy-wasting light bulb obsolete. He led Cree from a near start-up to today’s market leader and innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications. Since Swoboda joined the firm in 1993, it has grown from just over $6 million in annual revenue to nearly $1.4 billion.

Cree has created nearly 1,000 jobs in North Carolina over the last 10 years and has nearly 7,000 employees worldwide. Forbes recognized the company as one “America’s 25 Fastest Growing Tech Companies for 2013.”

Swoboda was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas in 2010 and the Edison Report’s Lighting Industry Person of the Year in 2013.

Swoboda will speak at 6 p.m. in Koury Auditorium at UNC Kenan-Flagler. To RSVP, send an email to kfbsrsvp@unc.edu with “Dean’s Speaker Series RSVP” in the subject line. Free parking will be available in the business school parking deck.

The Dean’s Speaker Series brings prominent speakers to campus during the academic year.