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Two Executives to Inspire Business Students

The Odette School of Business announced the appointment of two people, well-known in local business circles, to work with and inspire its students.

As Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Centre for Business Advancement and Research (CBAR), Karen Behune Plunkett will mentor its students and share with them her extensive entrepreneurial expertise.

She has more than 30 years' experience, including co-owner of Mick’s Irish Pub; founder and president of the Walkerville Brewing Company; co-founder of Plunkett’s Bar & Grill Bistro; co-founder of Behune Plunkett & Associates Consulting; co-founder of Caterings Café; and co-founder of Chez Vins Wine Bar.

Behune Plunkett is an accomplished innovator and community leader recognized for her ability to develop business concepts, relationships and strategies in both business and government. She sits on boards and committees for several organizations and has served in a volunteer capacity for many others including the Chamber of Commerce and the City Centre Business Association. She was the recipient of the 2000 International Athena Award.

She succeeds Odette's first Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Clare Winterbottom, in this position.

Miro Suga
is Odette's fifth Executive-in-Residence, succeeding Bob Renaud.

A highly accomplished professional with over 37 years of international experience in automotive manufacturing operations, Suga was responsible for a $1.3 billion transformation of Ford's new Truck Modular Engine Plant. He also led Ford's $3 billion (per year) North American Stamping Operations which included 11 manufacturing plants and more than 11,000 employees.

Before launching his management consulting practice five years ago, he concluded a successful career with the Ford Motor Company where he held positions of increasing scope and responsibility, including plant manager, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, and Director of Stamping Business Unit.

Suga holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Windsor.

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