Alumni Stories

Joseph R. Baczko (F’67)

Former Dean, Lubin School of Business, Pace University
Former CEO, Blockbuster and Toys R Us International

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)Joseph R. Baczko

A German-born Hungarian, Baczko was raised in France and immigrated to the United States with his family in the 1950s. Baczko attended Georgetown in the ’60s, an experience he remembers as “exhilarating.” Baczko fondly recalls time spent with professors Quigley, Giles, Dobriansky and Karski, as well as the engaging student body. He married Kathy Adams (I’68) on the day after his graduation and worked on campus before joining the US Marine Corps and completing a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam. He then earned an MBA from Harvard University and became the CEO of Max Factor Europe at the age of 34. His international upbringing led to an interesting business career that took him all over the world.

Baczko is the former dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. He has served as CEO and president of Frank’s Nursery & Crafts, Blockbuster Entertainment, Toys R Us International and Max Factor Europe. He has also served as chairman of the board of visitors for Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Baczko is a former member and vice-chairman of the Georgetown University Board of Regents.

Additional Resources

Pace University, Lubin School of Business
http://www.pace.edu/pace/lubin/departments-and-research-centers/entrepreneurship-lubin/pace-pitch-contest/fourth-annual-pace-pitch-contest/speakers/#Baczko

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