April 5, 2010

Businessman Rob Mosbacher Jr. to present Ginder Lecture

Rob Mosbacher Jr., former president and CEO of Overseas Private Investment Corp., is this year’s speaker for the Carey Business School’s Ginder Lecture, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, in Mason Hall on the Homewood campus. His talk is titled “Fighting Poverty With Entrepreneurial Capitalism: A New Strategy.”

Originally planned for Feb. 10, the event was rescheduled when a snowstorm caused the university to close.

An independent agency of the U. S. government that supports private capital investment in emerging markets around the world, Overseas Private Investment Corp. currently operates in 155 countries and has more than $14 billion in commitments.

From 1986 to 2005, Mosbacher was president and CEO of Mosbacher Energy Co., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company located in Houston. He was also vice chairman of Mosbacher Power Group, an independent electric power developer.

Mosbacher serves on the board of Calpine Corp., the largest independent power company in the United States, and was reappointed to the board of Devon Energy Co., a large, independent gas and oil developer.

Mosbacher was formerly chairman of the board of the Greater Houston Partnership, a private nonprofit that serves as the city’s chamber of commerce. He also served as chairman of the partnership’s Health Care Advisory Committee and its Education and Workforce Advisory Committee.

Long active in Houston-area volunteer and philanthropic affairs, Mosbacher was chairman of the board of the Methodist Hospital, the Salvation Army and the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is founder and former co-chairman of Rebuilding Together Houston, which organizes volunteers to provide free exterior home repairs and has resulted in the renovation of more than 5,000 houses for qualified low-income elderly or disabled Houstonians. He also has served on the board of South Texas College of Law.

Mosbacher is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

The William M. and Katherine B. Ginder Lecture Fund brings prominent speakers to the Carey Business School to discuss timely and stimulating issues relevant to the business community.

To RSVP to the event, e-mail carey@jhu.edu/ginder.