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MSU hosts Oct. 4 Orser lecture with General Motors' lead board director

September 14, 2016 -- From MSU News Service

Tim Solso will present "Effective Business Leadership" from 5 to 7 p.m. in MSU's SUB Ballroom A as part of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneur's David Orser Executive Speakers Forum. The lecture is free and open to the public. Photo courtesy of Tim Solso.

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BOZEMAN — Tim Solso, General Motors' board director and past chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., will present "Effective Business Leadership" from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in SUB Ballroom A on the Montana State University campus. The lecture is part of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum and is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, Solso will discuss both the desired qualities in a leader as well as talk about five critical and practical principles for success based on 45 years of business experience.

Solso's 40-year career at Cummins Inc. began in 1971. He served as chairman and chief executive officer from 2000 until his retirement in 2011. He previously served as president and chief operating officer from 1995 through 1999 and was vice president in charge of the engine business from 1988 to 1995. Under his leadership, Cummins became a Fortune 250 company that designs, produces and sells diesel engines, power generation equipment and related components worldwide.

In 2013, Solso was named the inaugural winner of the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation prize. He was named a top five finalist to Marketwatch’s “CEO of the Decade” and to the Barron’s list of the “30 Most Respected CEOs” for 2010 and 2011. He received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2008, was selected as the national Six Sigma CEO of the year in 2007 and in 2009 was awarded the William R. Laws Human Rights Award by the Human Rights Commission of Columbus, Indiana, where Cummins is headquartered.

Solso is also a director of Ball Corp., Ad Astra Rocket Company, Heritage Group Holdings, Muth Mirror Systems and serves on the Board of EARTH University. He is also a senior adviser to Greenbriar Equity Group, a New York-based private equity firm.

He formerly served as a member of the boards of numerous businesses and organizations, including the MasterCard Foundation, Amoco Corporation, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the EARTH University Foundation. Solso also served as U.S. chairman of the U.S. – Brazil CEO Forum, chairman of the Cummins Foundation and member of the Business Roundtable. He also served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Management Advisory Board and was a principal on the American Energy Innovation Council.

An Oregon native, Solso earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePauw University and an MBA from Harvard University. He was the recipient of the DePauw Distinguished Alumni Award for Management and Entrepreneurship, and he has also received honorary doctorate degrees from DePauw University, Rose-Hulman University, Franklin College and EARTH University.

The MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship's David Orser Executive Speakers Forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible and ethical business leaders. For more information about the forum, contact Anna Reardon at (406) 994-6195 or

Contact: Anna Reardon, (406) 994-6195 or