2008 Book-Harmon Leadership Forum

February 5, 2008

Dr. Pease Lyons
Dr. Pease Lyons
President, Alltech

Dr. Pearse Lyons is the founder and president of Alltech, a global animal health company that employs more than 1,800 people and has a presence in 85 countries around the world. Lyons received his B.Sc. from the National University of Ireland in Dublin and pursued his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham. He later worked as a biochemist in Irish Distillers before founding Alltech in 1980. Today, the company is a global leader in the animal health industry, boasting group sales of approximately $350 million.

Lyons received the State Export Award for Kentucky and was acknowledged as the leader of one of the top 100 fastest growing high tech companies by World Trade Magazine. He was the Kentucky recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year in 1993. Lyons has been recognized for his contribution to science and industry and has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Plymouth and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. His alma-mater, National University of Ireland, Dublin, selected Lyons as one of their honorary doctorates on the occasion of their 150th anniversary. Most recently he was recognized as one of the top 15 Irish-American life scientists of the year by Biolink USA-Ireland. He has authored over 20 books and many research papers in scientific journals.

Lyons spoke to students, faculty and administrators on "The Importance of Leadership and Communication Skills in the Animal Science Industry", followed by a Q/A session. At a graduate student and faculty roundtable and pizza lunch, he spoke on "Leadership - your science may get you in the door, but your leadership and people skills will help you succeed".

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