Retired Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO announced as commencement speaker



Barry Meyer graduated from the CWRU School of Law, but took a different path by going into business.

With graduation coming up, retired Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer has been chosen to be the commencement speaker. As an alumnus of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Meyer picked a rather unconventional path for his career.

After landing his first job at ABC television, he moved on to take a business affairs position in Warner Bros. Eventually Meyer had enough power to lead a $1.2 billion acquisition of Lorimar-Telepictures.

In 14 years as CEO of Warner Bros, the studio enjoyed huge success in blockbuster films, including the “Harry Potter” series and “The Hangover” trilogy.

Regardless of the success his company garnered, Meyer remained to have a reputation of having a humble and low-key management style.

“To me the mark of a great company is that in success you don’t gloat, and in failure you don’t panic,” he said in an interview with Variety magazine.

Even as Meyer stepped down from his position in 2013, media outlets praised him as being “one of showbiz’s most respected CEOs and a much-admired figure.”

Meyer’s convocation speech will take place in the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center on May 17.