Landon Rowland, chairman of the board of Lead Bank and Ever Glades Financial, will offer the Distinguished Executive Lecture in Business and Leadership at 7:30 p.m. April 9 in the Gill Family Meeting Room in Yates-Gill College Union on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. The presentation, moderated by William Jewell President David Sallee, is entitled “Reflections on Innovation, Business, and the Challenges Facing Business and Society.” The community is invited to attend the free event.
Rowland joined Kansas City Southern Industries in 1980, became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1983 and Chief Executive Officer in 1987, continuing in that capacity until 2000. The transportation and financial services operations of KCSI were separated and the financial services operations were incorporated in Stilwell Financial Inc. of which Rowland was Chairman, President and CEO. In 2003 all of Stilwell Financial subsidiaries were merged into Stilwell and the name changed to Janus Capital Group, where Rowland continued as chairman until January 2004 and as director until May 2011. He also has served as an adjunct professor of antitrust law at UMKC Law School.
During his service as KCSI President and Chief Executive Officer, the company’s transportation division, Kansas City Southern Railway, acquired Mid-South Railway, Gateway Western Railway, Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana Railway (in Mexico) and the operating rights to the Panama Canal Railway; KCSI’s financial services division acquired Janus Capital, Berger Funds, Nelson Money Managers (U.K.), and INTECH, and effected the spin-off of DST Systems in 1995. Rowland was Chairman of the Board of DST Systems, Inc., a former KCSI subsidiary, from 1983 to 1995.