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The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business today announced the inaugural Daniels Executives in Residence appointments of Joseph W. Bagan, Robert B. Clasen, Kathleen J. Cunningham, Katherine Evans-Blakley and Mark S. Wehrle. The Daniels Executives in Residence program offers a strategic opportunity for working, semi-retired or retired business leaders to provide an in-depth complement to classroom learning. They will educate ethical business leaders by sharing their own experiences in creating and managing successful enterprises in diverse fields.

“The Daniels Executive in Residence program features exceptional business leaders who want to make a difference in how business evolves,” said Daniels Dean Christine Riordan. “These are the leaders who can inspire our students to transform organizations around the world.”

Joseph W. Bagan was chief operating officer for Clear Channel Outdoor-Americas from 2010 – 2012 with responsibility for 40 operating branches and implementation of key strategies, build out of a digital network, branch management team development and group president mentorship and development. Prior to Clear Channel, Bagan was chief executive officer for a startup bio-technology company, Sharklet Technologies from 2007 – 2010, and senior vice president Southeast Region of Adelphia Communications Corporation from 2003 – 2006.

Robert B. Clasen was the chairman and chief executive officer for the diversified media company, STARZ, LLC, from 2003-2010, overseeing the Starz and Encore brands, one of the largest providers of premium television channels for cable, satellite, telecom, and the internet; Starz Media, with television programming development, production, and worldwide distribution; animation studios in Canada and Los Angeles; Overture Films, an independent movie studio, which produced and distributes theatrical films; and Anchor Bay Films and Starz Home Video, which developed films and other content for theatrical and home video distribution.

Kathleen J. Cunningham is the lead director of the Assist Group, is an Independent Director of the Chileno Bay LLP, and a member of the board of advisers for Q Advisers, LLC. Prior to the Assist Group, she was an independent director and chief financial offer of Novatix Corporation from 2005-2009, an independent director of Quality Rail Services where she renegotiated all subordinated debt, a consultant for Mania TV, chair of the board of directors for Raindance Communications, an independent member of the board of directors for Activant Solutions, Inc., initial chief financial officer and a member of the advisory board of directors for Webroot Software, Inc. , and an independent member of the board of directors for J.D. Edwards & Company.

Katherine Evans-Blakley is a partner in the Sandhurst Group, an executive search firm whose clients range from start-up ventures to Fortune 100 firms. She has more than thirty years of sales, marketing, business development, consulting and management experience at various levels of management at IBM with industry expertise in information technology (hardware, software and services), media, travel and transportation, financial services and aerospace industries.

Mark S. Wehrle was the lead audit partner for Deloitte & Touche LLP from 1987 – 2010, for regulated investment companies as well as public and private entities, with a focus on financial services. He developed and executed financial statement and internal control (SOX 404) audits included in 1940 Act and 1934 Act annual reports; supported RIC new-fund launches and corporate IPOs; solved complex accounting and financial reporting issues; reported audit results to audit committees and management and advised them on accounting and internal control issues and solutions.

“Executives in Residence are part of the Daniels Corporate Partners Program and we’re thrilled with the caliber of our inaugural appointees,” said Andrea Matousek, director, Daniels Corporate and Community Relations. “They will serve as mentors to our students, provide invaluable networking opportunities as well as sophisticated career advice, and collaborate with our faculty.”

Founded in 1908, The Daniels College of Business is the top-ranked business college at the University of Denver, one of the country’s premier private universities. Daniels is globally recognized as a leader in providing an immersive and engaged business education. Grounded in ethics, our educational experience not only teaches students, it transforms lives. As a learning community, our students, faculty and staff nurture service, outreach and personal integrity as we proactively tackle the tough business issues of our day.

In April, 2012, the Daniels College of Business team placed first out of nearly 1,000 students at 25 leading business schools worldwide in the Aspen Institute’s 2012 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, which challenged competitors to tackle a new case study and recognizes students who innovate at the intersection of corporate profitability and environmental, social and ethical issues.   In March, 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek placed the Daniels undergraduate program at No. 57in the U.S. In November, 2011, Global CEO Magazine ranked Daniels as the top business school in the Western U.S. and  Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Daniels College of Business Professional MBA program No. 25 in the U.S. as well as No. 5 in the Southwest Region.