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Ohio Wesleyan Graduate, Yale Professor to Discuss ‘Are You an Entrepreneur?’ in Free Oct. 25 Lecture

October 10, 2007

David M. Cromwell
DELAWARE, OHIO – David M. Cromwell, M.B.A., an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Yale University School of Management and a 1966 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate, will discuss “Are You an Entrepreneur?” in a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Cromwell is the kick-off speaker for the university’s 2007-2008 Robert L. Milligan “Leaders in Business” Lecture Series. The series is presented by Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship.

“Do you have what it takes to start and run your own business in the face of risk and uncertainty?” asks Cromwell. “Can you identify opportunities and assemble the needed resources? Do you know the basic success secrets? Do you know the common death traps?  The session will discuss these questions and other entrepreneurial topics.”

Before joining the Yale faculty, Cromwell worked for 30 years at JP Morgan & Co., Inc., in New York and London. From 1989 to 1995, he served as president and CEO of JP Morgan Capital Corp., the bank’s private equity investment group. During his tenure, JPMorgan invested nearly $1 billion in the equity of more than 80 private companies. The investments showed an annual realized internal rate of return of 32 percent.

Cromwell’s areas of expertise include international and domestic commercial banking, credit and financial analysis, international and U.S. securities research, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and private equity investing.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio Wesleyan, Cromwell obtained his M.B.A. with distinction from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

The “Leaders in Business” Lecture Series was created in 1992 with an endowment from Robert L. “Bill” Milligan and his wife, Mary. Bill Milligan was a 1922 Ohio Wesleyan graduate and longtime university trustee. Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center, founded in 1985, helps students integrate business theory and practice, and provides lectures and other resources to benefit the business community.

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