The November 27th installment of Simpson Speaker Series, featuring special guest Suku Radia, experienced a record number of attendees.
Suku Radia is CEO and President of Bankers Trust, a position which he assumed in March 2008. Bankers Trust is Iowa’s largest independent community bank with consolidated assets exceeding $3 billion. Prior to joining Bankers Trust, Suku served as Chief Financial Officer of Meredith Corporation for eight years. Meredith is a NYSE company and is the nation’s leading diversified media company.
Radia was Managing Partner of KPMG in Des Moines from 1993 to 2000. During his 25-year tenure at KPMG, Radia counseled senior management of several national and international entities on a number of financial issues. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, with Distinction, from Iowa State University in 1974 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1975, when he joined KPMG. He has been active in a number of professional, economic development, educational, and charitable organizations.
Additionally, he has shown himself to be a leader in community involvement, with highlights including: Vice Chair and Executive Committee member – Board of United Way of Central Iowa, 2009 Campaign Chair of United Way of Central Iowa, Executive Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Executive Committee of Drake University, Vice Chair-Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center, Member – Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors, Member-Iowa State University Accounting Advisory Council, Judge-2010 Big 12 MBA Case Study Finals, Chair of Bravo (arts and cultural alliance for Central Iowa), Past President of the Rotary Clubs of Des Moines and West Des Moines, Past Chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Past Chair of the Greater Des Moines Committee, Past President of the Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League, Executive Committee Member of the Des Moines Art Center, Past Chair of the Better Business Bureau of Iowa, Leadership Chair of the Oakridge Neighborhood Campaign, Past Board Member of Des Moines Golf & Country Club, and at least another dozen civic organizations.
Rosemary Link, Ph.D, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, introduced our guest speaker at November’s event.