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DATE: April 30, 2002

Executive, diplomat to be commencement speakers

DEARBORN--- John Kaplan, former executive vice president of Ford Motor Land Services Corporation and former vice president of finance at Ford Europe, and John Tennant, Canadian consul general in Detroit, will give speeches on Sunday, May 5 during the University of Michigan-Dearborn's commencement ceremonies.

Kaplan will speak at a morning ceremony for graduates of UM-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Management, and Tennant will speak at an afternoon ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and School of Education.

Steven K. Hamp, president of the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, will receive an honorary degree at the afternoon ceremony.

Kaplan, who retired from Ford in December, joined the UM-Dearborn community in January as the School of Management's first executive-in-residence.

As the School of Management's executive-in-residence, Kaplan serves as an advisor to faculty for curriculum and course content, and helps students in the areas of career planning. He also contributes to executive education by developing content for programs and serving as an instructor and guest lecturer in the School of Management.

Kaplan began his career at Ford in 1963 and held several financial positions until he was appointed controller of product development at Ford Europe in 1976. Kaplan held various controller positions before serving as vice president of finance at Ford Europe from 1991 to 1994. He earned a degree in economics at the University of Maryland and a master of business administration degree at the Ann Arbor campus.

In 1963, while working at Ford as a statistician, he began three years of classes on the UM-Dearborn campus to finish his master of business administration degree from the Ann Arbor campus. In 1994, Kaplan began serving on the School of Management's dean's advisory council and became its chair in 1998.

As the consul general of Canada based in Detroit, Tennant represents Canada in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The Canadian Consulate General, which he heads, promotes Canadian interests such as trade, investment, the environment, culture and academic relations. The office also provides consular, passport, visa and immigration services.

Tennant has emerged as an important leader in southeast Michigan, offering his valuable perspectives on the challenges of economic development and international cooperation in the region. He has also shown himself to be a loyal friend of the UM-Dearborn, most recently through his collaboration in the development and staging of an important exhibition of Inuit art at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery last year.

Tennant, who has a bachelor's degree from McGill University in Montreal, served in the United States between 1981 and 1990, first as Canada's deputy consul general in Chicago and then in New York.

Tennant also has extensive Asian experience as director general for Asia Pacific in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa and through two postings at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, most recently as minister for economic and commercial affairs. He was acting ambassador in Tokyo for six months in late 1997 and early 1998. Other earlier overseas postings were in Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala and Nigeria.




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