Zimmerman Named 22nd Executive-in-Residence by UW-River Falls College of Business and Economics

October 9, 2013--River Falls business-owner Shannon Zimmerman, founder and CEO of Sajan, has been named the fall 2013 Executive-in-Residence by the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Zimmerman will speak on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 2-3 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. His lecture, "My Life as a CEO… It's Not All Bad," is free and open to the public.   

Zimmerman's lecture will provide a look at the journey and lessons learned from being an aspiring entrepreneur to CEO of a multi-million dollar global company. He will share key insights derived from his business successes and failures, and show how both are integral for reaching professional goals.   

As chief executive officer of Sajan, a company he founded in 1997, Zimmerman helped lead the company to unprecedented growth and market leadership – including repeated recognition by Inc. magazine as one of America's fastest growing private companies. He has nearly 20 years of experience in information technology, primarily holding senior-level positions. In that time, he spearheaded technology-focused, strategic business initiatives within the telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, and service industries. Through his visionary and forward-thinking leadership, Zimmerman unites the global Sajan team in continuing the company's worldwide reputation for pace-setting innovation, proven agility, and unmatched dedication to evolving with customer needs.   

"We are pleased to have Shannon Zimmerman on campus this fall. He is an inspirational leader of a successful business," said Glenn Potts, dean of the College of Business and Economics. "Sajan is a leading provider of global language translation services. It is a fast-growing company based in River Falls with offices in Ireland, Singapore, and Spain."   

Zimmerman is the 22nd executive to bring his observations and experience to the UWRF campus since the Executive-in-Residence program began in 2003. The program enables today's leaders to share their experiences with the leaders of tomorrow, and is sponsored by the UWRF College of Business and Economics and WESTconsin Credit Union.   

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