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Walt W. Bettinger II, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Charles Schwab Corporation, will speak at The College of Wooster';s James R. Wilson Lecture in Business Economics on Feb. 4.


Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger to Speak at Wilson Lecture in Business Economics

Highly respected investment strategist will visit The College of Wooster Feb. 4

08 January 2016 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Walt W. Bettinger II, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Charles Schwab Corporation, will speak at the James R. Wilson Lecture in Business Economics on Thursday, Feb. 4, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St., Wooster).

Bettinger, 55, was appointed president and CEO at Schwab in 2008. At the same time, he was named to the Board of Directors of The Charles Schwab Corporation.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and the Charles Schwab Bank, as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Schwab-managed mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Prior to assuming his current role, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Charles Schwab Corporation.

Bettinger’s duties at Schwab include leading the development of strategies and services that assist millions of people worldwide in their efforts to save and invest with the help of an independent investment advisor or through a company-sponsored retirement or benefit plan. He leads a workforce of more than 15,000 full-time employees, with headquarters in San Francisco and branch offices in more than 320 locations across the United States plus London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Puerto Rico.

A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Bettinger holds a degree in finance and investments. He has also completed the General Management program offered by the Harvard Business School. In 1983, at the age of 22, Bettinger founded The Hampton Company, a provider of retirement-plan services to corporations and their employees. The Charles Schwab Corporation acquired Hampton in 1995.

In addition to his professional duties, Bettinger is active in numerous charitable and philanthropic efforts. He and his wife, Teri, founded the Walt & Teri Bettinger Foundation, and are the parents of five children.

Schwab is one of the nation’s largest financial services firms serving approximately $2.6 trillion in client assets, 10 million client brokerage accounts, and one million bank accounts. The company has more than 7,000 independent investment advisors and 1.5 million retirement-plan participants.

The James R. Wilson Lecture Series in Business Economics brings business and financial leaders to Wooster’s campus to share their insights with students, faculty, and the broader community. The series is supported by the James R. Wilson Fund for Business Economics, which was established in 2001 through a gift from James R. and Linda R. Wilson. Previous speakers in the Wilson Lecture Series include Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation; Donald Kohn, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve; Michelle Stacy, CEO of Green Mountain/Keurig; and Howard Putnam, CEO of Southwest Airlines.

Additional information about Bettinger’s lecture is available by phone (330-263-2145) or e-mail.