The Executive Speaker Series invites national and international business leaders to discuss critical business and economic issues before an audience of students, faculty and community members.

The series focuses on diverse business topics that include changes in the business climate, future trends, and specific issues relevant to Michigan based businesses.


The College of Business, with support from Gardner-White, presents "Brexit: Its Consequences and Opportunities for U.S. Business."

The future British exit from the European Union, or "Brexit," could have far-reaching effects on the British, European, and global economies. Depending on the course of exit negotiations with the EU, the United Kingdom could face significant trade restrictions in the common market, reducing future growth and harming the value of the British pound. On the other hand, if the EU takes a less punitive approach to the British exit, additional countries may also leave the union.

Our panel will discuss the effects of Brexit on the British and European economies. It will explore the potential economic and political consequences of the departure, as well as how that departure creates disruptions and opportunities for U.S. businesses.

David R. Newhouse, International Trade Development Manager Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Alex Martin, Principal, Clayton & McKervey, Global Tax & Accounting

Jessica Vila-Goulding, Senior Europe Economist, Ford Motor Company

Aurora Battaglia, Senior Vice President & Head of European Corporates, Comerica Bank

March 9, 2017, 7:30 am - 9:30 am

Michigan Room, Fairlane Center South,
University of Michigan–Dearborn College of Business
19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126

Free registration & breakfast provided.

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