Alumnus returns as guest speaker on pathway to success
November 14, 2013
Dan Heschke, executive director of Information Technology (IT) at Imation Corp., will return to UW-River Falls on Thursday, Nov. 21, as a guest speaker of the Computer Science and Information Systems department presenting “My Chosen Path” at 6 p.m., in 120 South Hall.
Heschke graduated from UWRF in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and information systems and a minor in business administration.
Heschke’s presentation will outline his pathway to success, from an undergraduate at UWRF to a successful business leader in the information technology field. Anyone interested in business, management, or the technology sector are encouraged to attend.
Heschke has more than 28 years of experience in the IT field, working with leading consumer products and technology companies in both domestic and international markets. As Imation’s IT leader since 2008, Heschke is responsible for the company’s global IT function, including strategy, governance, and delivery. He is experienced in global business change initiatives, including the selection and implementation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, mergers & acquisitions, business systems integration, software development, infrastructure and outsourcing.
Prior to his position at Imation, Heschke was vice president and chief information officer for Coolbrands, International, Inc. He has also held executive IT positions at Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc., Nestle Ice Cream and Pillsbury International.
Imation is a global data storage, information security and consumer electronics company with headquarters in Oakdale, Minn. Its products and solutions enable data storage, management and protection of digital content via a portfolio of global brands, including Nexsan, IronKey & Imation. Consumer electronics and accessory brands include Memorex, XtremeMac, and TDK Life on Record.
The CSIS department is housed in the AACSB-accredited College of Business and Economics. The department offers state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms with an evolving curriculum designed to prepare graduates to meet the demands of the fast-paced technology industry. Courses are delivered in small class settings, which enable one-on-one interaction with faculty and promote hands-on learning. The department enjoys a 97 percent placement rate, in a CS or IS related field, with excellent employer satisfaction that supports the readiness of our graduates for the workforce.
For questions, contact Hossein Najafi, professor and chair of the CSIS department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-3335.