BW Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

January 1, 2011

John Lanigan headshotTwo more dynamic business leaders have been elected to the Board of Trustees at Baldwin Wallace University. John Lanigan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company, and Charles Rotuno, president and CEO of Ohio-based OEConnection, began their three-year terms this month.

"Both John and Chuck are BW graduates as well as successful business leaders who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit and sound organizational skills," Richard Durst, President of Baldwin Wallace University, said. "Both have achieved considerable success in building their companies and contributing to their communities. We are delighted to welcome them to the Board and look forward to their continued involvement and leadership."

John Lanigan is the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the BNSF Railway Company, one of North America's largest freight rail networks. The BNSF Railway Company was purchased by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in 2009. Lanigan is responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, economic development and business unit support.

Lanigan retired as a Commander from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in 1997 upon completion of over 20 years of active duty and reserve service. He has spent over 26 years in the logistics industry and has held leadership roles with trucking, transportation software and rail companies.

Lanigan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1977 and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University in 1989.

Charles Rotuno is president and CEO of OEConnection, a company that provides web-based ordering and fulfillment solutions to over 20,000 dealership and repair customers in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining OEConnection in 2000, Chuck was a senior manager at KPMG LLP as well as a director of corporate finance and the vice president of business development at Rubbermaid Incorporated.

OEConnection has received numerous recognitions, including "Weatherhead 100," Forbes magazine's "Best of the Web Award," "North Coast99 Great Workplaces," and the "Best Employers Award in Ohio." Rotuno has also been recognized as "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2004. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Baldwin Wallace University in 1986, Chuck earned an Executive MBA from the Ohio State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational college of 4,500 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 50 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.