Speaker: Nick Krzyzaniak '86

Nick Krzyzaniak Captain on the Field and in the Boardroom - Speaker - Thursday, September 20th, 6:00 pm in Grawn Hall Atrium


From Team Captain to CEO to Executive Coach, Nick Krzyzaniak is an inspiring global business leader known for his ability to motivate organizations through head and heart.  

This fall, the CBA welcomes alumnus Nick Krzyzaniak who will lead our students in a special presentation focusing on leadership, building teams and diversity.  His passion is to inspire people and to show them how they can make a difference in their career and the careers of others.

He graduated with honors from Central Michigan University in 1986, earning his BSBA in Business Administration and Political Science.  Recruited by Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Dave Keilitz, Nick was catcher from 1983-86 helping the team to three MAC title seasons. In 1986, he led as Captain of the 1986 MAC Championship Baseball Team. Recognizing his legacy of success, Nick was invited to serve as commencement speaker in December 2016 when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from CMU.  

From 1991 to 2017, Nick worked for global food company Danone, beginning in sales and rising to high-level management positions, including CEO in the UK, Ireland, USA, and Canada.

As general manager of Danone North America from 2015 to 2017, he managed and led the seven business units, (unique companies).

In May 2017, Nick retired from Danone and began a new stage in his life.  He attended Columbia University earning a Master's in Executive Coaching degree in April 2018.  Nick then launched his new business called Kz & Associates, LLC, which focuses on executive coaching and consulting.

Nick has served on several boards, including Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Club Dejeuner (Breakfast Clubs of Canada), Dairy Producers Association of Canada (DPAC), Sambazon Inc., Danone Institute, NORAM Dairy Board, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), and the EvianVolvicWorldwide Leadership Board.

Please plan to join us
Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. 
in the Grawn Atrium. 
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.