Distinguished Speaker Series

For over two decades, Brent Callinicos of Virgin Hyperloop One has distinguished himself as a force in tech, building his career in finance at Microsoft, Google, Uber and Hyperloop One. Join the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business for a Distinguished Speaker Series presentation featuring Callinicos.

Virgin Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles based company working to commercialize the Hyperloop for moving passengers and/or cargo at airline speeds at a fraction of the cost of air travel.

The Beall Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship's mission is to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship for the 21st century. We seek to provide education and hands-on experience for students to learn about the process and importance of becoming an entrepreneur and to equip them with the knowledge and resources needed to launch a successful business through two main focuses, which include curriculum and entrepreneur activities and events. Invest in the future by working with students and peers to build programs and new opportunities. Express your interest here.

Distinguished Speaker

Brent CallinicosBrent Callinicos
COO/CFO, Virgin Hyperloop One

Brent Callinicos is an experienced financial and technology executive. He is currently Strategic Financial Advisor at Virgin Hyperloop One. Prior to this, he was CFO of Uber Technologies from September 2013 - March 2015. Prior to Uber, Brent served as VP, Treasurer & Chief Accountant at Google from 2007 - 2013, where he was also responsible for Tax, Internal Audit and M&A Finance. He also ran Google's Green Energy investing and Google Financial Services. From 1992 - 2007 he served in a variety of increasingly senior roles at Microsoft, where he was most recently Corporate Vice President and Divisional CFO for Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division. He also ran Worldwide Licensing and Pricing and Microsoft Financing. He was Microsoft's Treasurer from 2000-2004. Brent is currently on the Board of PVH, Baidu (Chair of Audit Committee), Rubicon Global and EOS Climate. Brent has a BS/Bus. from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler business school, which awarded him the MBA distinguished Alumni award in 2004. He is also a CPA.


Location - Auditorium

Merage School Auditorium
4293 Pereira Drive
Irvine, CA 92697


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Past Events

Speakers 2016-2017

Jeff Erhardt
VP of Intelligent Systems
GE Digital
November 6, 2017
See Recap

David Pyott
Former Chief Executive Officer
March 9, 2017

Newth Morris
President, Telogis Route
Co-founder, Telogis Navigation
October 19, 2016

Speakers 2015-2016

Craig Boundy
Chief Executive Officer
Experian North America
November 18, 2015

Brian Niccol
Chief Executive Officer
Taco Bell
January 28, 2016

Speakers 2014-2015

Kimberly Cripe
President & Chief Executive Officer, CHOC Children's
November 12, 2014

Cynthia Stoddard
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, NetApp
March 4, 2015

Matthew Costello
Chief Operating Officer, Beats by Dre at Apple
April 16, 2015

Speakers 2013-2014

Richard Afable, MD, MPH
President & Chief Executive Officer, Covenant Health Network
November 13, 2013

Chris White
General Manager, Sports & Entertainment Solutions and Vice President, Global IOT Solutions, Cisco
February 13, 2014

Brad Losson
Vice President & Senior Divisional Managing Director, Schwab Advisor Services, The Charles Schwab Corp.
April 30, 2014

Speakers 2012-2013

George A. Kalogridis
President, Disneyland Resort
November 29, 2012  (view event recap.)

Alan Pellegrini
President and Chief Executive Officer, Thales USA
January 30, 2013

Myron Gray
President, US Operations, UPS
May 8, 2013


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Event Details

Date: 02.15.2018
Time: 06:30 p.m. - 07:30 p.m.
Event Type: Public




Merage School Auditorium
4293 Pereira Drive
Irvine, CA 92697


Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship