Former Circuit City CEO to Speak at Distinguished Leaders Series

November 30, 2012

Alan Wurtzel to Discuss the Rise and Fall of Circuit City, Dec. 3

Alan Wurtzel, former chairman and CEO of Circuit City, will speak to students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business about his book Good to Great to Gone: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City as part of the school’s Distinguished Leaders Series.

The Distinguished Leaders Series annually brings to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business accomplished leaders who share their unique experiences with undergraduate and graduate business students.

Monday, December 3, 2012
5-7 p.m.
A reception and book signing will follow remarks.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C.

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, senior director of communications, at (202) 687-4080 or

Under the leadership of Former CEO Alan Wurtzel, Circuit City grew from a Mom and Pop store with only $13,000 in investment to be the best performing Fortune 500 Company for any 15-year period between 1965 and 1995.

The electronics and appliance company was founded in 1949 by Sam Wurtzel. Alan Wurtzel officially joined the company in 1966, spent seven years in middle and senior management roles, 13 years as CEO, and another 14 as a board member of Circuit City. His tenure with Circuit City ended in 2001.

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