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Currently an Angel investor, he was active in the computer industry for more than 30 years, and is often described as a “statesman of the computer industry”. He grew up in in Orville, Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965and his M.B.A. degree from Oklahoma City University in 1970. His distinguished career includes serving as Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Worldwide Products Group and member of the Office of the President, reporting to co-founder and Chairman, Bill Gates. He held various management positions at Microsoft Corporation, a software products and services company from April 1988 to July 1995; including Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Products Group. He currently holds the position of Microsoft Ambassador; in this capacity, he advises the corporation on strategic relationships and management initiatives. Prior to joining Microsoft, he spent 23 years at International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), a software products and services company, and served for a period of time as Director of Software Strategy. He is currently on the Boards of J. D. Edwards & Co., Lexmark International, Inc., a laser and inkjet printer company, and Sonic Corporation, an operator and franchisor of drive-in restaurants, Mission Critical Software, Motive Communications, Alibre, and Concero (formerly PSW Technologies). Very active in professional associations, having served on the Boards of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the American Software Association, and currently serves on the Boards of several educational institutions, including the engineering colleges of the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma, he is also currently a member of the Board of Visitors of the Engineering School at the University of Oklahoma and the College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin.
Noted For:Advisor to Microsoft corporation on strategic relationships and management initiatives
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