Born: San Francisco
Education: Golden Gate University finance and accounting
- September 1999 to May 2002 held senior management positions with Microsoft Corp., most recently president and chief operating officer
- January 1998 to September 1999 CEO of Silicon Graphics Inc.
- 1975 to January 1998 with Hewlett-Packard, most recently as executive vice president of the computer organization
Boards serving on: PMC-Sierra Inc. and JDS Uniphase Corp.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I loved playing soccer, so I guess I probably would have said to be a professional soccer player because that’s what I spent most of my time doing as a kid.
What was your first job?
I picked food I was raised up in Sonoma County after my family moved up there, and I picked walnuts. I don’t want to ever do that again. It was a good motivation for me to say that’s not the way I wanted to go. I want to go to college and get a degree and have a brighter future.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
To pursue your passion whatever work you do, it’s important to enjoy it, and that’s going to allow you to be successful. That’s what I tell my kids anyway. They’re all in their 20s.
If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you be doing instead?
I’d probably be running a nonprofit organization some organization that has some mission to help people. I do a lot of that and am involved with a number of those things, and I would probably want to do something where I could make a difference in the world in a different way.