Software Company CEO to Share Story of Tenacity and Achievement

William Penn University

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – John Oechsle, CEO of the software company Swiftpage, will present “We Did What?” on Thursday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the Musco Technology Center (MTC) on William Penn University’s Oskaloosa campus. This presentation will cover how the small Denver, Colorado-based start-up acquired two large companies to become a large, global corporation overnight. Oechsle will share how his 30-year track record of building highly profitable and sustainable revenue growth for emerging companies helped Swiftpage develop after joining the company in 2012.

“Technology is the vehicle that seems to be driving all industries into the future. Being able to merge aspects of industry, business, technology, and relationships is a skill set that is hard to find. The result of individuals mastering relevant technology, while being able to develop meaningful relationships in both industry and business is typically nothing short of amazing professional success. A chance to hear someone speak who has experienced these successes is a great opportunity for perspective and inspiration,” Josh Stutting, Instructor of Computer Science.

About the Speaker

Prior to joining Swiftpage, Oechsle served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Product for DigitalGlobe. During his tenure, he was instrumental in shaping the future of the company and driving revenue growth through the launch of a number of successful product lines. Before DigitalGlobe, Oechsle was the Senior Vice President of Technology and Content as well as Chief Information Officer for IHS Inc. Prior to that, he was the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Management Worldwide for Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company, where he was responsible for all technology and e-business. Oechsle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Tuck Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.

Oechsle is an advocate for technology and education in Colorado. He has been an active contributor and served as 2007 Chairman of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA). He supports OpenWorld Learning, an organization that uses the power of technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning among children. Oechsle also supports Kidstek, an organization dedicated to making technology accessible to youth. In 2006 and in 2009, he was awarded the Technology Executive of the Year, and the Titan of Technology awards by the CTA. He was also awarded the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community by the CTA in 2011.

The Leaders Speak Series is an annual initiative that reaches out to the community with diverse leadership–based themes. The 2017–18 series has expanded on the theme “Ignite” which aims at bringing in speakers to encourage students and community members to pursue their passions and promote positive change. The event is free and open to the public and can also be streamed online at: www.wmpenn.edu/leaders.

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