On Tuesday, April 9, the Department of Business and Leadership honored Mr. Landon Rowland as presenter of the 2013 Distinguished Executive Lecture in Business and Leadership. Mr. Rowland is past Chairman, President and CEO of Kansas City Southern Industries and Chairman of Janus Capital Group. He currently serves as Chairman of Lead Bank and Ever Glades Financial in Kansas City.
The event was held in the Yates-Gill College Union on the William Jewell campus. The title of the evening presentation was, “Reflections on Innovation, Business, and the Challenges Facing Business and Society”, and featured a guided discussion between Mr. Rowland and William Jewell President Dr. David Sallee.
Mr. Rowland served as Chairman of Janus Capital Group from 2000 to 2004 and a member of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2011. Prior to July 2000, he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Southern Industries (KCSI) (NYSE: KSU). In July 2000, the transportation and financial services operations of KCSI were separated and the financial services operations were incorporated in Stilwell Financial Inc. (NYSE: SV) of which Mr. Rowland was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. In September 2003 all of Stilwell Financial subsidiaries were merged into Stilwell and the name changed to Janus Capital Group, where Mr. Rowland continued as Chairman until January 2004 and as Director until May 2011.
Mr. Rowland joined Kansas City Southern Industries (KCSI) in 1980, became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1983 and Chief Executive Officer in 1987, continuing in that capacity until 2000. Mr. Rowland served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Southern Railway from 1990 to 1991 and as Chairman from 1987 to 2000. 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. Mr. Rowland was Chairman of the Board of DST Systems, Inc., a former KCSI subsidiary, from 1983 to 1995.
Prior to joining KCSI, Mr. Rowland was a partner in the law firm of Watson, Ess, Marshall & Enggas of Kansas City, Missouri (1962-1980) and professorial lecturer in antitrust law at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (1977-1978). Mr. Rowland is an arbitrator and member of the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Rowland is Chairman of the Local Investment Commission (LINC), Swope Ridge Geriatric Center, and a member and Co-Chairman of the Kansas City Health Commission. He is also Chairman of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Fund. He is Co-Chairman of Business Executives for National Security. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the American Royal Association, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Orthomolecular Medicine & Research Program in Integrative Medicine at Kansas University. He is a trustee of the Linda Hall Library, the Midwest Research Institute, the Liberty Memorial Association, and the Committee for Economic Development.
Mr. Rowland received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1959 and a bachelor of laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1962.