Global Management Speaker Series Presented by Citizens Bank Announces Nordson President and CEO Michael F. Hilton as Spring Speaker

KENT, Ohio – The Kent State College of Business Administration is pleased to announce Nordson President and CEO Michael F. Hilton as the spring Global Management Center speaker on Wednesday, April 3. The 2018-19 Global Management Speaker Series is presented by Citizens Bank.


Mr. Hilton will present “Taking Nordson to the Next Level.” The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at the Kent State Hotel & Conference Center. The event is open to the public but registration is required at


Since joining Nordson in 2010, Mr. Hilton grew the company from $819 million to $2.3 billion in sales driven by a deepened focus on innovative products, emerging markets and strategic acquisitions. He has led over 30 transactions at Nordson, including acquisitions that established new product platforms in medical, test and inspection, and flexible packaging. He also is an advocate of continuous improvement and drove enterprise-wide operational enhancements through which the company has achieved record earnings results.


Mr. Hilton serves on the board of directors of Ryder System Inc. (NYSE: R); Lincoln Electric (Nasdaq: LECO); the board of trustees and the executive council of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI); the board of MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network); and the board of Friends of Breakthrough Schools. He is also a board member of the Nordson Corporation Foundation and is active in United Way and a variety of other charitable endeavors. He is chair of the Ohio Federation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) 2015-16 Statewide Campaign.


Hilton holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University.


The Global Management Center (GMC) Speaker Series is designed to advance international business education opportunities, advance global research through industry partnerships and provide an international stage for students, faculty and the public to learn and engage in best global business practices.


About Nordson


Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for the precision dispensing of adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, polymers, plastics and other materials, fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service. Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 35 countries. Visit Nordson on the web at, @Nordson_Corp, or

Kent State College of Business Administration

Kent State University's College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting. The College boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 14 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program; master's degrees in accounting, business administration (MBA and EMBA), business analytics, and economics; as well as a Ph.D.  program with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.


The Kent State College of Business is ranked among the top business schools in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Undergraduate Business Programs rankings and ranks as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by Princeton Review. The College is committed to sustainability as an advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory and is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.

POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 4:41pm