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November 2002

Release Date: November 12, 2002

'The Insider' to Speak on Ethics at International Business Symposium Nov. 20

Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, whose whistle-blowing stand against the tobacco industry became the subject of the movie "The Insider," will be the featured speaker at the Angelo State University's International Business Symposium Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Wigand will address the symposium's theme "Ethics in Corporate America: A Global Perspecitve," at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the C.J. "Red" Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont.

Wigand held senior management positions with several health care companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, before serving as vice president for research and development for Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. from 1988 to 1993. After leaving Brown and Williamson, he cooperated with governmental agencies investigating the tobacco industry. His assistance was central to the Food and Drug Administrations investigation into the role and effect of nicotine in tobacco products.

His cooperation with the FDA made him the highest ranking former tobacco industry executive to address the industry's disregard for health and safety. He was interviewed on 60 minutes and became subject of the Hollywood production "The Insider."

In conjunction with the symposium, the Department of Management and Marketing will have showings of "The Insider" at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Room 100 of the Math-Computer Science Building.

The symposium is sponsored jointly by the ASU Department of Management and Marketing, the Small Business Development Center and ING Aetna. Wigand's presentation is open free to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

Dr. Sharynn Tomlin, associate professor of management and chair of the symposium program committee, said, "Given the events of the past year in corporate ethics, or perhaps the lack thereof, this year's theme seemed to be a timely subject."y

Wigand's experiences in the tobacco industry will provide insight into today's corporate ethics and the ethical issues that have affected Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom and other corporate entities over the last year.

Additional information is available by contacting Todd Coppic in the International Studies Office at 924-2383, Ext. 295.