HP Announces Former Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie As A New Member To Board Of Directors

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HP today announced that former Microsoft Chief Architect Ray Ozzie will join as a member to its board of directors.

HP today announced that its board of directors has appointed three new members. Robert R. “Dob” Bennett, former president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Liberty Media Corporation; Raymond E. Ozzie, former chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation and founder of Talko Inc.; and James A. Skinner, former vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation and current chairman of Walgreen Co., will join HP’s board, effective today. The appointments increase the number of HP directors from nine to 12.

Here is the info they posted about Ray Ozzie,

About Raymond E. Ozzie

Ray Ozzie, an industry visionary and pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work, left his role as Microsoft’s chief software architect in December 2010 and founded Talko Inc., a firm focused on a new generation of mobile communications applications and services.

Ozzie assumed the role of chief software architect at Microsoft in June 2006. In that role, Ozzie had oversight of the company’s technical strategy and product architecture, and directed development of the company’s next-generation software services platform. Ozzie was Microsoft’s chief technical officer from April 2005 to June 2006. He took up that role when Microsoft acquired Groove Networks, Inc., a collaboration software firm Ozzie formed in 1997.

Before Groove, Ozzie was a founder and president of Iris Associates, where he created and led the development of Lotus Notes. Before Iris, Ozzie contributed to the development of Lotus Symphony and Software Arts’ TK!Solver and VisiCalc, and worked in distributed operating systems development at Data General Corp.

Honored as one of seven “Windows Pioneers” by Microsoft, Ozzie also was named “Person of the Year” in 1995 by PC Magazine and has been inducted into the Computer Museum Industry Hall of Fame and the InfoWorld Hall of Fame. In November 2000, he received the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society’s W. Wallace McDowell Award, and in 2001, he was honored as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. In 2004, Ozzie was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2010, he was named as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Ozzie has served as a member of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board and currently serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

Ozzie earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Source: HP



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  • frankwick

    With Notes, Ozzie invented the browser before there was a WWW. It was very revolutionary and was a huge seller in corporations. Then IBM acquired Lotus and it was all over. The stagnation, bloated Notes client, and lack of marketing from IBM allowed Outlook and Exchange 5.5 to steamroll Notes into oblivion. No one really understood Notes. It wasn’t an email system per se, but it was an environment to itself and Notes mail just happened to be one of the apps that ran on it. Visionary product that was really ahead of its time.

  • Guest

    I hope HP has high-paying jobs for his relatives, reporting to him, just like Microsoft did. “Ozzie” knows about nepotism, so if that’s what HP needs to succeed, they picked the right guy.