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ING Direct Founder and CEO Arkadi Kuhlmann Visits the Drucker School of Management

Claremont, CA, May 10, 2009 --( Arkadi Kuhlmann, the founder and CEO of ING Direct and author of Code Orange, visited the Drucker School of Management to talk about how he has successfully implemented Peter Drucker’s principles in his organization. The visit was part of a unique Drucker school course called CEO Forum that features guest speakers of leading companies who discuss ideas about how to put Drucker's teachings into practice.

With over 20 years if executive experience, Arkadi Kuhlmann is one of the most important business thinkers of today putting forward new approaches to business strategies and management. As a result of his innovative thinking about banking, ING Direct is the largest Internet bank in the United States and one of the most successful companies in the world today. In his book The Orange Code: How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause Kuhlmann revealed the secrets to the company’s success focusing on its leadership, strategy and marketing approaches.

Prior to ING, Kuhlmann served as President of North American Trust, CEO of Deak International Incorporated and held various executive positions at the Royal Bank of Canada. His academic experience includes teaching at the American Graduate School of International Management (“Thunderbird”) in Phoenix, Arizona where he was a professor of International Finance and Investment Banking.

About the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
Named after Professor Peter Drucker in 1974, the Drucker School was established to satisfy the niche of part time executive management education. Today, the school shares its name with one of the world’s most respected entrepreneurs, Masatoshi Ito, combining a thinker (Peter Drucker, the founder of modern management) with a doer (Masatoshi Ito, who built the largest retail network in Japan), and reflecting a decidedly global orientation. Drucker has some 4,400 alumni around the globe, many of whom are leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

The school is known for its innovative programs, which in addition to the Masters in Arts Management (AM), includes the traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Executive Management Program (EMBA), a Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE), a Master in Politics, and Business and Economics (MAPEB), as well as a variety of certificate programs and customized corporate executive education offerings. The Drucker School’s programs and degrees are unique in their focus on management as a liberal art, rather than specific concentrations on core business functions such as accounting, finance, or marketing.

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is an independent institution devoted entirely to graduate study. More than 2,000 students are studying for Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 22 disciplines. Located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, CGU is part of a liberal arts consortium commonly known as The Claremont Colleges. The Claremont University Consortium (CUC) includes Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna and Pitzer colleges, plus the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, and Claremont Graduate University.

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