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Oshkosh Corp. CEO, Blugold alum to visit campus March 17

We are pleased to welcome Charles Szews, CEO of Oshkosh Corporation, to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire  campus on March 17 to meet with faculty, staff and students. A Fortune 500 company, Oshkosh Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of access equipment, specialty vehicles and truck bodies for the primary markets of defense, concrete placement, refuse hauling, access equipment and fire & emergency. View website at

Students and faculty will have multiple opportunities to meet with Szews who is a 1978 graduate of the UW-Eau Claire accounting program.

He will begin the day by giving an 8 am presentation in Schneider 304 to students in Dr. Bill Miller's Advanced Financial Accounting class. His presentation will provide an overview of Oshkosh Corp's finance team, the company's financial priorities, and its capital allocation strategies. Students interested in attending this presentation should contact Dr. Miller, Department of Accounting and Finance.

Szews will present, "Creating a Legacy" at 11 am in the Davies Center Woodland Theater. The presentation is open to all UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff. He will discuss his journey from a UW-Eau Claire student to a leader of a Fortune 500 company, and share his thoughts as to what it takes to be a leader. He will end his presentation with a call to action that challenges students to "get off the sidelines and get into the game" by creating their own personal legacy. This session is hosted by Dr. Kristy Lauver of the Department of Management and Marketing.

The College of Business Student Advisory Council will host Mr. Szews at a 12:15 pm luncheon in the Davies Center Council Oak Room. Jack Heruth, president of the COB Student Advisory Council, will moderate an informal discussion with student business leaders. The luncheon is by invitation only.

At 2 pm, College of Business faculty and staff have a special session with Mr. Szews in the Davies Center Chancellors Room. Discussion will focus on such topics as the skills and knowledge students need in a global business world, and internship and employment opportunities for students. Dr. Rhetta Standifer will host this session. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Schedule for Charles Szews, CEO, Oshkosh Corporation

8–9:15 am Finance Priorities
Presentation to the Advanced Financial Accounting class
Host: Dr. Bill Miller, Department of Accounting & Finance
Schneider 304
11 am–12:15 pm Creating a Legacy
Presentation to students
Host: Dr. Kristy Lauver, Department of Management & Marketing
Davies Center,
Woodland Theater
12:30–1:30 pm From College to Boardroom
Lunch with student leaders
Host: COB Student Advisory Council
Davies Center,
Council Oak Room
2–3:15 pm Meeting with Business Faculty
Host: Dr. Rhetta Standifer, Department of Management & Marketing
Davies Center,
Chancellors Room

Meet Charles L. Szews

Charles "Charlie" Szews is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Oshkosh Corporation. Most recently, Szews served as president and chief executive officer, a position he was appointed to in January 2011. Szews joined the company in 1996 as vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), was appointed executive vice president in October 1997, and appointed to president and COO in October 2007. Szews was elected to the Oshkosh Board of Directors in 2007, a position he holds in addition to his other responsibilities. Prior to joining Oshkosh, Szews spent eight years with Fort Howard Corporation, holding a series of positions with increasing responsibility, most recently as vice president and controller.

Szews holds a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1978). He received his certified public accountant certification in 1980 and has 10 years of independent auditing experience with Ernst &Young.

Szews also serves on the board of directors of Gardner Denver Inc., a recognized leader in compressed air and gas, vacuum and fluid transfer technologies to industries throughout the world.