The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has announced that former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting. The NACDS Annual Meeting will be held April 26 to 29 in Scottsdale, AZ.
“The world remains tremendously complex, and one can only imagine the global dynamics that will be at the top of the news in April 2014. Whatever the headlines, Secretary Panetta is one of the select few who has the first-hand experience to deliver meaningful insights to NACDS Annual Meeting attendees on issues of national security,” said NACDS president and CEO Steven Anderson.
Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense under President Obama from 2011 to 2013. Prior to leading the Department of Defense, Panetta served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2009 to 2011. An advocate for public service, Panetta also co-directed with his wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy based at California State University.