• Jan 1, 1945
    (b.) - ?

Bio/Description

Raised on a farm near Lake City, Iowa, he holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Iowa State University. Although he majored in Mathematics with a minor in Physics, in 1966 during his senior year, he transferred to the college of Engineering to take a Fortran course and chose Programming (then Data Processing) as a career. His first job was as a Programmer/Analyst at Consumer's Power Company in Jackson, Michigan where he learned COBOL, Assembler and the newly emerging IBM product called C.I.C.S. In 1973, he went to Detroit Edison as a contract programmer, but in 1975, he and his family moved to San Francisco. After working at various contract programming jobs, in 1980 he founded SERENA Consulting; his first contract being at Bank of America where he continued writing a product called COMPAREX for the mainframe world. It quickly became an industry standard and he financed the company’s growth without using venture capital. Then, returning to Bank of America, he began building Change Man with other like-minded software developers whom he hired. In 1997, after being CEO, Chairman and primary developer, he hired a new management team to drive the business, now renamed SERENA Software, Inc. He took the company public on NASDAQ in 1999 as SRNA; however, the congressional reaction to Enron, among others, called the Sarbanes-Oxley laws proved onerous to abide for a small company and he decided to go private. SERENA had thousands of mainframe customers and over 100K (seat) licenses for Windows and UNIX products. Ninety eight of the Fortune 100 companies rely on SERENA's products and services. It was and still is the leader in the I.T. Change Governance niche competing against IBM, Computer Associates and Compuware; continuing to provide I.T. management solutions to enterprises around the world. In 2001, he retired to Kona Hawaii. In 2006, Silver Lake Partners assisted in taking SERENA private leaving him with about 20% of the company stock. He now serves as a Director to the Board and consults with the developers for product strategy. He is also President of the family foundation Change Happens and enjoys pursuing lifelong interests in physics, astronomy and politics.
  • Date of Birth:

    Jan 1, 1945
  • Noted For:

    Developed a product called COMPAREX for mainframes which quickly became an industry standard
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