Global Management Speaker Series Presented by Citizens Bank Announces Swagelok Chairman and CEO Arthur Anton as Fall Speaker

KENT, Ohio – The Kent State College of Business Administration is pleased to announce Citizens Bank as the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 Global Management Speaker Series.


“We are proud to sponsor the Global Management Speaker Series as it is yet another way the College of Business Administration is preparing students for success in a globally competitive work environment – and ultimately helping them reach their potential,” said Ralph Della Ratta, State President, Citizens Bank, Ohio. “It is important to give students the tools necessary to grow and thrive in their future careers and this series will help bring unique perspectives on how we can all come together to develop solutions to transform lives and strengthen our communities.”  


Della Ratta also serves as Chair of the Kent State University Board of Trustees.


The first event of the series will feature Swagelok Chairman and CEO Arthur Anton at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 8 at the Kent State Hotel & Conference Center. The event is open to the public but registration is required at


Anton has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Swagelok Company since 2017. In this role, he is responsible for all areas of the business and for executing Swagelok’s strategic vision and devotes attention to coordinating manufacturing, marketing and engineering efforts to ensure Swagelok continually develops products and services to meet the changing needs of customers. He has been with the company since 1998, previously serving as partner and in various accounting and management positions at Ernst & Young.


Anton earned a Master of Science degree in finance from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and accounting from City University of New York. He serves on the boards of The Sherwin-Williams Company and Olympic Steel and is chairman of the University Hospitals finance committee.


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.




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 Administration 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: Monday, October 1, 2018 - 4:06pm