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BW Alumnus Is New CIG Director

A top executive with a broad business experience is taking over the reins at Baldwin Wallace University's Center for Innovation & Growth.

John P. Lanigan, Jr., who retired in January as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for BNSF Railway Company, a Berkshire Hathaway company headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, has been named Director of the Baldwin Wallace University Center for Innovation and Growth. The appointment is effective May 1.

"The Center for Innovation and Growth is at the forefront of BW's commitment to spreading innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to all our students as well as to new and existing organizations across the region," said BW President Robert C. Helmer. "John Lanigan brings an impressive background of leadership in military service, large publicly-held companies and a technology start-up that will serve us well in this important work."

BW MBA Alumnus Forged Career Marked by Creativity

A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Lanigan earned his M.B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University. His business career has been marked by creativity, relationship building, high level strategy and an unswerving focus on results.

  • After six years active duty as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, he transferred to the Coast Guard Reserve where he commanded six units including a Reserve Port Security Unit that deployed to Operation Desert Storm (1990-91). He retired in 1997 with the rank of Commander.
  • During his 16 years with Schneider National, Inc., the largest full-truckload motor carrier group in the United States, he held a series of increasingly responsible positions. As Chief Operating Officer for Schneider and a wholly owned third party logistics services company from 1999-2000, he was responsible for more than 20,000 employees and annual corporate revenue in excess of $3 billion.
  • As President and CEO of Logistics.com, Inc. from 2000 to 2002, Lanigan led a venture-capital-funded logistics software company that then was sold to Manhattan Associates, a publicly traded logistics software firm.
  • In 2003, he moved to BNSF Railway Company, a Fortune 200 company. As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, he was responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, economic development and business unit support for the largest freight railroad in the United States during a period in which annual revenue increased from $9 billion to $20 billion.

No Stranger to Higher Education

Lanigan also has been active in higher education. A member of the Baldwin Wallace University Board of Trustees until recently, he served for nine years on the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business Advisory Board, including two years as its president. He also has been a guest lecturer on business topics at BW, University of Wisconsin, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, MIT, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and others.