Commencement Speaker

Robert A. Niblock

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Robert A. NiblockRobert Niblock has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Lowe's Companies, Inc., since January 2005. In 2011, he reassumed the title of president, after having served in that role from 2003 to 2006. Niblock became a member of the board of directors when he was named chairman and CEO-elect in 2004. He joined Lowe’s in 1993, and during his career with the company, has served as director of taxation, vice president and treasurer, senior vice president, and executive vice president and chief financial officer. 

Before Lowe’s, Niblock had a nine-year career with accounting firm Ernst & Young. Niblock was elected to the board of directors of ConocoPhillips in 2010 and serves on its audit and finance committee. He is a member and currently serves as secretary of the board of directors of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, after having served as the organization’s chairman in 2008 and 2009 and vice chairman in 2006 and 2007. He is also a member of the board of directors of Business for Educational Success and Transformation (BEST NC).  Niblock is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.