Professor Seegers brings to the classroom a lifetime of study and experience in hands-on operational leadership. His eclectic career – including service as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, the General Electric Company, and The Home Depot – has spanned many countries, industries, and businesses. From foxholes to boardrooms, he has been responsible for building and leading highly effective teams of diverse individuals, united in the pursuit of an important common mission.
Early in his career, Professor Seegers was the Commanding Officer of a combat-ready Marine infantry company deployed in the South Pacific. Later, he was the Adjutant of the prestigious Marine Barracks on Capitol Hill, where he commanded hundreds of elite precision-drill Marines in official ceremonies at The White House and other national landmarks. His final active duty posting was Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. In that role, Professor Seegers toured the world with the leader of the nation’s oldest global defense force, providing advice and assistance on matters of national importance. In both of these latter two roles, Professor Seegers was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the President of the United States for exemplary service to the country.
After obtaining his MBA from Harvard Business School and working two years as a Management Consultant for Bain & Company in Boston, Professor Seegers joined the General Electric Company. There he became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the corporation’s electronic commerce division. The division operated in 40 countries, employed over 2,000 technical specialists, and generated over $600 million in annual revenue.
Subsequently, Professor Seegers joined The Home Depot and became President of its electronic commerce division. He founded www.homedepot.com as an online commercial transaction platform and, along with other direct-to-customer units in his division, he grew the electronic commerce business to nearly $1 billion in annual revenue.
In addition to his MBA from Harvard, Professor Seegers holds a BA degree with distinction from the University of Virginia and a JD degree from The Catholic University of America, where he was an Executive Editor of the Law Review. He is an Associate Member of the Virginia State Bar, a Member of the Virginia Supreme Court, and a Member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Seegers is also an Adjunct Professor in the business school at Georgetown University where he teaches a course in operational leadership in the Executive MBA Program. Finally, he is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in suburban Maryland, a Catholic K-12 Girls School with an enrollment of over 700 students.
Professor Seegers and his wife of over 30 years, Debbie, live in suburban Maryland and have a grown daughter who works as a Reporter for the Catholic Standard in the Archdiocese of Washington. Professor Seegers’ leisure activities include reading, writing, golfing, and scuba diving.
“Operational excellence should be a management passion. Businesses have a moral responsibility to deliver quality products and services that represent true value to customers. This does not happen by accident. It requires intelligent methods and disciplined processes to be followed throughout the enterprise each and every day.”– Harvey Seegers
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