Purdue Research Foundation
President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of Purdue Research Foundation Inc.
Daniel J. Hasler (Dan) was named President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of Purdue Research Foundation in 2013. In this role, Hasler is responsible for managing the affairs of this nearly $1 billion charitable organization. The foundation was established in 1930 to serve Purdue University's quest for preeminence in discovery, learning and engagement through effective stewardship of assets.
His responsibilities include supervising Purdue University's entrepreneurial and technology transfer activities to drive the life-changing innovations of Purdue's many researchers through commercialization and to the benefit of the public. He also is charged with providing strategic direction and leadership in other mission-critical areas including endowment management, trust administration and real estate operations.
Previously, Hasler served as the Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana and Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).
He has an extensive 31-year career at Eli Lilly and Co., a Fortune 500 global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis. While at Eli Lilly, Hasler served in a number of leadership positions, most recently as vice president for global marketing, and was responsible for the commercial strategy and market performance of Lilly’s pharmaceutical portfolio. He also was the chief marketing officer for Eli Lilly USA. Prior to that, he led the commercial operations of Eli Lilly’s largest European group for three years and was general manager and president of Eli Lilly of Brazil LTD. In 2010, Hasler was the recipient of the Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award.
A native of Paris, Illinois, Hasler is a graduate of DePauw University and has a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. He is actively involved in the Hoosier community and serves on a number of boards. Hasler and his wife, Kathy, live in Indianapolis with their two children.