Huntsman exec advises USU biz students

One of the most important things business students can do is expose themselves to global issues, something that a university setting makes easier, said Kimo Esplin, CFO and executive vice president of Huntsman Corp. Esplin, who spoke to members of the USU Finance and Economics Club Wednesday, gave students advice of becoming successful in business and told how he climbed to the position of CFO. Business has become global, Esplin said. He reads two newspapers a day in order to get a good handle on what’s going on globally and watches for news that could have an impact on his corporation. Asia accounts for 40 percent of sales for the Huntsman Corp., Esplin said. Google has had trouble in China recently, due to cyber attacks, and since Huntsman does a lot of business there, Esplin said the corporation has been keeping an eye out for similar problems. Esplin said that in a year’s time, the corporation must deal with about 35,000 viruses sent by people trying to test the corporation’s information technology infrastructure and most of the viruses come from China. Though he said he thinks China is a “marvelous place,” there is still some concern for intellectual property and security. To read the rest of this article, visit

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