Daniel L. Rosensweig ’83 has become a national leader in combining technology and communication to create innovative consumer experiences. He has served as the publisher of PC Magazine, the CEO of ZDNET, president of CNET, and the chief operating officer of Yahoo! – all before reaching the age of 40. From his position at Yahoo!, Rosensweig moved on to become the president and CEO of the Guitar Hero franchise, and today is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Chegg, an online company that allows students to rent, instead of buy, textbooks.
This spring, the accomplished internet entrepreneur will join the President’s Forum Speaker series with a talk on Entrepreneurial Leadership on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.
“We are grateful that Dan has agreed to share his expertise with our community,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “A gifted leader and successful businessman, Dan has demonstrated again and again an ability to determine new frontiers in the digital age. By sharing his approach to this work, he will map out how he has become a leader in his industry. Passionate about making a difference in the world, Dan helps people from across the globe to become connected, informed and educated through the power of the technology.”
In addition to his significant career, Rosensweig participates on the Advisory Board of the non-profit DonorsChoose.org, contributes as a member of the Executives in Residence program at Columbia University, and is on the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, Inc., & Katalyst Media, Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg’s leading social media company.
Over the course of his career, Rosensweig has remained dedicated to his alma mater. Through the Salisbury Center for Career Services, he has participated in the ‘Professionals In Residence’ series, mentoring HWS students on careers in technology. He has created internship opportunities for HWS students to work directly with him, offering job opportunities following graduation. In 2008, Hobart and William Smith honored his significant contributions to the Colleges by naming The Rosensweig Learning Commons in his honor. Located on the first floor of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, The Rosensweig Learning Commons has revolutionized the ways in which students and faculty members interact with one another and with information. The space combines multimedia technology support and production with the main desks for Information Technology Services, library research and support, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
During his time as a Hobart student, Rosensweig was a political science major, a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and studied abroad in London.
Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President’s Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.
For more information on this semester’s line-up, visit http://www2.hws.edu/article-id-13792.