Colin Angle, Dr. Rodney Brooks & Helen Greiner, iRobot

December 16, 2010  |   Featured   |     |   0 Comment

Colin Angle, Dr. Rodney Brooks & Helen Greiner, iRobot Industry: Appliance and Tool iRobot was founded in 1990 with the vision of making practical robots a reality. iRobot makes home robot which include the award winning Roomba® floor vacuuming robot. The company also manufactures combat proven government and industrial robots that perform a variety of tasks ranging from surveillance to bomb disposal. Key Entrepreneurs: Colin Angle, Dr. Books & Helen Greiner Colin Angle is a pioneer in the field of mobile robotics and provides the strategic vision for iRobot. He has received numerous accolades including CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech All-Star, one of Fortune Small Business Magazine’s Best Bosses and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Dr. Rodney Brooks is currently the chairman of the iRobot’s Technical Advisory Board. Dr. Brooks is a seasoned robotics entrepreneur. He is also the founder, chairman and CTO of Heartland Robotics and the panasonic professor of robotics at MIT Helen Greiner’s vision has helped transform iRobot from a startup into a global leader of practical robots. Ms Greiner is a pioneer ...

Don Foss, Credit Acceptance Corporation

December 16, 2010  |   Featured   |     |   0 Comment

Don Foss, Credit Acceptance Corporation Industry: Consumer Financial Services Credit Acceptance Corporation provides auto loans to consumers, using a nationwide network of automobile dealer-partners who benefit from sales of vehicles to consumers. The company provides loans to consumers who otherwise could not obtain financing. Their Guaranteed Credit Approval Program provides dealer-partners with the opportunity to deliver credit approvals to consumers within 30 seconds through the Internet. The company uses a patented Credit Approval Processing System (CAPS). Key entrepreneur: Don Foss Don Foss is the key entrepreneur and principal shareholder of the Credit Acceptance Corporation. He also owns and operates companies engaged in the sale of used vehicles. His vision is to provide individuals the opportunity to have access to vehicle loans regardless of their credit history and a chance to improve their credit scores through timely payments.He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. Key Team Members: Brett A Roberts, Steven M Jones, Michael W Knoblauch, Kenneth S Booth, Douglas W Busk, John P Neary and Charles A Pearce. Brett Roberts joined the company in 1991 as Corporate controller. He was appointed CEO in January 2002. Steven Jones joined the company in 1997 and assumed his present ...

Andy Ory & Patrick MeLampy, Acme Packet

December 16, 2010  |   Featured   |     |   0 Comment

Andy Ory & Patrick MeLampy, Acme Packet Industry: Communications Equipment Acme Packet provides session border controllers (SBCs) that allow various centers and service provides to send communications and data across Internet Protocol network borders throughout the world. Key entrepreneurs: Andy Ory and Patrick MeLampy Andrew Ory is the CEO, President and key entrepreneur of the company. He previously served as CEO of Priority Call Management (PCM). He has an extensive track record of leading high technology companies to strong, dominating growth. He holds a BA degree from Harvard University. Patrick MeLampy is the Chief Technology Officer and key entrepreneur of the company. He has 15 years of communications engineering experience. He previously served as VP of Engineering at PCM and helped lead and successfully manage a large engineering team. He holds 26 patents (18 pending) and is the company’s leading shareholder. Key Team Members: D. DiPalma, S. Hourihan, E. Medeiros, P. Minihane Dino Di Palma is VP of sales and business development and has over 15 years of executive sales and ...

Steve Jobs, Apple

December 16, 2010  |   Featured   |     |   0 Comment

Steve Jobs, Apple Industry: Computer Hardware Apple aims to be at the leading edge of design, manufacturing and marketing of music players (the ipod), cell phones (the iphone), personal computers (the mac) and a variety of related software and services (itunes). Apple sells to everybody from tech savvy customers to businesses to governments through a variety of online, retail and direct channels. Key entrepreneur: Steve Jobs Steve Jobs is the key entrepreneur and CEO of Apple Inc. He has gained cult status through his work driving forward development of products that are both functional and elegant. Apple is the leading player in the the consumer technology world. Some of its game changing products include the iPhone, iPod, the iTunes media store and its Mac home computers systems. Key Team Members: Peter Oppenheimer, Tim Cook, Mark Papermaster, Scott Forstall, Phillip W Schiller Peter Oppenheimer is Apple’s senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer. As the CFO, Oppenheimer oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, information systems, internal audit and facilities functions. He also serves on the company’s executive committee. Tim Cook is Apple’s chief operating officer. ...

Anil Singhal, NetScout Systems

November 01, 2010  |   Featured   |     |   0 Comment

Anil Singhal, NetScout Systems Industry: Computer Networks NetScout Systems Inc provides solutions which enables IT staff to predict, preempt and resolve network and service delivery problems while facilitating the optimization and capacity planning of the network infrastructure. The company’s products include NetScout nGenius® and Sniffer® which are deployed at more than 20,000 of the world’s largest enterprises, government agencies, and service providers, on over 740,000 network segments to assure the network, applications, and service delivery to their users and customers. Key entrepreneur: Anil Singhal Anil K. Singhal is the Co-Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO of NetScout Systems. With numerous innovations in the field of network traffic monitoring and analysis Mr. Singhal has provided technical leadership for the company since its inception. On acquisition of its chief competitor Network General, the company has grown to be the market leader with over $250M in revenues in fiscal 2008. Currently, Mr. Singhal is provides strategic leadership and vision, as well as setting operational priorities for the company’s management team. Key Team Members: Michael Szabados, David Sommers, Ken Boyd, John Downing, Ashwani Singhal Michael Szabados is the COO and oversees all company ...

Alan Trefler, Pegasystems

November 01, 2010  |   Featured   |     |   0 Comment

Alan Trefler, Pegasystems Industry: Software and Programming Pegasystems sells its Build for Change® technology which has made it the industry leader in Business Process Management (BPM) software solutions. Pegasystems is the only BPM company consistently ranked by multiple industry analysts as the industry leader for the past four years. Key entrepreneur: Alan Trefler Alan Trefler is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Pegasystems. He was named The American Business Award’s “Software CEO of the Year” for 2009 and has been profiled in prominent publications including The Boston Globe, Forbes, and Inc. magazine. In 1998, Alan was granted a U.S. Patent for Pegasystems’ distinctive Inherited Rule-Based Architecture, which provides the framework for Pegasystems’ rules-based Business Process Management (BPM) solutions. Key Team Members: Craig A Dynes, Max Mayer, Mike Pyle, Shawn Hoyt, Grant Johnson Craig Dynes is Senior Vice President and CFO of Pegasystems and also oversees the IT function. With more than two decades successful executive management experience, Max Mayer is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Pegasystems and is responsible for driving the company’s integrated strategy and development process. Mike Pyle is Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product ...

Josef Von Rickenbach, Parexel

November 01, 2010  |   Featured   |     |   0 Comment

Josef Von Rickenbach, Parexel Industry: Biotechnology and Drugs Parexel International Corporation provides several key solutions including a broad range of clinical development capabilities, integrated advanced technologies, regulatory affairs consulting, and commercialization services to the bio/pharmaceutical and medical device industries to help launch new medical therapies worldwide. Key entrepreneur: Josef H Von Rickenbach Josef H Von Rickenbach is the Chairman and CEO of PAREXEL. He founded the company in 1982, and has led the company from one of the first clinical research organizations (CROs) more than two decades ago to its current position as one of the top three public clinical service providers today. In order to help expand its portfolio to meet client needs, he has led PAREXEL through its IPO, multiple public offerings, and over 30 acquisitions. Key Team Members: Douglas A Batt, Kurt A Brykman, Mark A Goldberg, Ulf Schneider, James Winschel Mr. Batt is Senior Vice President and General Counsel, as well as Secretary of the Corporation. Mr. Batt brings extensive corporate legal experience and he oversees the company’s corporate legal responsibilities and corporate governance matters. Mr. Brykman serves as President of PAREXEL Consulting. His ...

Mike Lazaridis, Research in Motion

October 27, 2010  |   Featured   |     |   0 Comment

Mike Lazaridis, Research in Motion Profile:  (Primary Industry Classification: Communication Equipment) Research in Motion is the company behind the manufacture and design of the award winning smart phone BlackBerry. The company also provides the software solution that allows the BlackBerry to provide mobile access to the internet, email and other media applications. Key entrepreneur: Mike Lazaridis Mr. Lazaridis is known as a visionary, innovator, and an engineer of extraordinary talent. As President, founder and Co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), Mr Lazaridis is responsible for product strategy, research and development, product development, and manufacturing. Key Team Members: Jim Balsillie, Don Morrison, Robin Bienfait, Brian Bidulka, David Yach Jim Balsillie has been co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM) since 1992. At RIM, Jim is responsible for driving corporate strategy, business development, marketing, sales, and finance. Don Morrison is COO, BlackBerry at Research In Motion. Mr Morrison oversees all domestic and international operations with a focus on execution and the development of a top class organization to support the BlackBerry wireless solution. Robin Bienfait serves as the CIO of Research In Motion ...

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