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Jeffrey Schoon, Spring 2015 Executive in Residence for the WIU College of Business and Technology
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Jeffrey Schoon: WIU Spring 2015 College of Business and Technology Executive in Residence

February 17, 2015

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University alumnus Jeffrey Schoon, director of global product management at Rexnord Corporation, has been named the Spring 2015 Executive in Residence for the WIU College of Business and Technology (CBT). Schoon graduated from Western in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in engineering technology and in 2005 with a master's degree in engineering technology leadership. Schoon also serves on the WIU CBT Engineering Technology Academic Advisory Board.

The Executive in Residence program was started in 2005 by two WIU professor emeriti, Jim and Carolyn Tripp. Executives visit the WIU campus to speak about their careers and share insights with students.

Schoon will visit several classrooms to speak with students about topics related to the strategic process in product portfolio management, driving new product development and acquisitions, practical uses of lean principles and leading change, how strategic plans build into budget, strategy deployment, resource alignment and product management, as well as give real-life examples and answer questions students might have.

Schoon's visit will conclude with a private luncheon held in his honor.

Schoon Background

Schoon, who leads growth initiatives in the energy sector for Rexnord, joined the company in 2010 as director of business systems. His primary responsibilities involve achieving strategic objectives and delivering customer, shareholder and associate value.

Prior to joining Rexnord, Schoon spent five years in the consulting industry, serving as managing partner with Partners in Corporate Growth, LLC and senior advisor with Duggan and Associates. In these roles, he helped numerous Fortune 500 companies develop and achieve their strategic objectives.

Schoon began his career working in industrial, consumer goods and pharmaceutical packaging and served in engineering, operations and leadership roles at IDEX Corporation, Fiskars Corporation and Anderson Packaging, Inc.

Schoon has a history of global work, which includes strategy planning and deployment, change management, analysis, restructuring and advising corporate leaders in various industries in the United States, Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

He is certified as a merger and acquisition advisor through the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Association (AM&AA).

Schoon lives in Yorkville (IL) with his wife, Randi, and his two daughters, Maci and Prestli.

For more information about Schoon's visit to Western, contact WIU CBT Director of Development Becky Paulsen at (309) 298-2442 or via email at

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