Left to right: Larry Sonsini, (2000 Visionary who introduced Carly Fiorina, Ann Winblad (1999 Visionary who introduced Bill Draper), Carol Bartz, Bill Draper, Carly Fiorina, Ray Ozzie, Esther Dyson (1998 Visionary who introduced Ray Ozzie), Scott McNealy (1998 Visionary who introduced Carol Bartz), Laura Merling, SVForum Executive Director. n June 15th SVForum hosted the Eighth Annual Visionary Awards at the home of Heidi Roizen and David Mohler in Atherton. This exclusive awards celebration is held each year to honor technology innovators and business leaders who continue to shape the landscape of Silicon Valley through their vision, determination, and leadership. The recipients were Carol Bartz, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Autodesk, Inc.; Managing Director, Draper Richards, L.P.; Carly Fiorina; Ray Ozzie,Chief Technical Officer, Microsoft.
2004 Visionary Award Winners
Carol Bartz is chairman of the board, president and CEO of Autodesk, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of design software and one of the biggest PC software companies in the world. Since Bartz took the helm in 1992, the company has diversified its product line and grown revenues from $285 million to $1.234 billion in FY05. Bartz previously held positions at Sun Microsystems, most recently serving as vice president of worldwide field operations and an executive officer of the company. Before joining Sun, she held product line and sales management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and 3M Corporation.
Appointed to President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Bartz is one of a select group of industry leaders expected to play a key role in shaping and setting the government’s high tech agenda – ranging from R&D funding to new broadband incentives. She also serves on the Board of Directors of BEA Systems, Cisco Systems, Network Appliance, and the Foundation for the National Medals of Science and Technology.
Bartz holds an honors degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin. She was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from William Woods University.
William H. Draper, III
William H. Draper, III is Managing Director of Draper Richards L.P., a private venture capital company, and Draper International, a limited partnership that makes equity investments in private companies with operations in India. A strong advocate of expanding world trade and the world economy, he previously served as head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as President and Chairman of the Export- Import Bank of the United States. He was also the founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, which organized and financed several hundred high-technology manufacturing companies.
Mr. Draper served as Chairman of the Board of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, Chairman of the Western Division of the Institute of International Education, and Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He was also a member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Administration and on the Board of Trustees of Yale University. Mr. Draper now serves on the boards of the Draper Richards Foundation, Atlantic Council, Population Action International and the United Nations Association-USA. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Mr. Draper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Business degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.
Throughout an extraordinary career in business, Carly Fiorina has successfully blazed new trails, taken risks and defied the odds. As the former chairman and chief executive officer of global technology solutions provider Hewlett-Packard, she brought all of her skills to bear to write a new chapter in the life of a historic company.
After joining HP in July 1999, Fiorina led the reinvention of the company many associate with the birth of Silicon Valley, returning HP to its roots of innovation and inventiveness. Fiorina successfully led HP’s controversial merger with Compaq Computer Corp., now recognized as the most successful high-tech merger in history.
In keeping with more than six decades of HP corporate stewardship, and during a time when corporations make up 51 of the 100 largest economies in the world, Fiorina called for a new era of leadership, one in which corporate leaders have an opportunity to redefine the role of the corporation, to use profit engines to raise the capabilities, extend the hopes, and extinguish despair of people across the globe.
Fiorina took an unconventional route to becoming CEO of a leading technology company, earning a bachelor’s degree in Medieval history and philosophy from Stanford University. Fiorina holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park, Md., and a master of science degree from MIT’s Sloan School.
Prior to joining HP, Fiorina spent nearly 20 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where she held a number of senior leadership positions and directed Lucent’s initial public offering and subsequent spin-off from AT&T. Fiorina was named an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School in July 2001. She has been honored with the 2002 Appeal of Conscience Award and the 2003 Concern Worldwide “Seeds of Hope” Award in recognition of her worldwide efforts to make global citizenship a priority for business. The Private Sector Council honored Fiorina with its 2004 Leadership Award for her contributions to improving the business of government. The White House appointed her to the U.S. Space Commission to advise it on the nation’s space science agenda and contribute a broad range of high-tech expertise. Fiorina also sat on the New York Stock Exchange’s executive board.
Fiorina has previously served on the boards of Cisco Systems, Kellogg Company and Merck & Company.
Ray Ozzie, the creator of IBM Corp.’s Lotus Notes, is an industry visionary and pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work. As a chief technical officer of Microsoft Corp., Ozzie reports to Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates. In this role, Ozzie has responsibility for influencing corporate communications and collaboration strategy, applications, and platform infrastructure. Ozzie is the founder of Groove Networks Inc., a leading provider of collaboration software for the virtual office, which Microsoft acquired in April 2005. Ozzie continues to be involved with future development of the Groove technologies as part of Microsoft’s Information Worker Group.
Before founding Groove Networks in October 1997, Ozzie was the founder and president of Iris Associates Inc. There he created and led the initial development of Lotus Notes. Before Iris, Ozzie was instrumental in the development of Lotus Symphony and Software Arts Inc.’s TK!Solver and VisiCalc, and was involved in early distributed operating systems development at Data General Corp.
Ozzie earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was first exposed to the nature and significance of collaborative systems and computer-supported cooperative work. This significantly influenced his perspective on collaborative systems and the projects he has undertaken throughout his career.
Ozzie is honored as one of seven Windows® Pioneers by Microsoft, was named Person of the Year in 1995 by PC Magazine, and was inducted into the Computer Museum Industry Hall of Fame as well as 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. He has served as a member of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and was a member of the NRC committee that produced the landmark CRISIS report on the societal impact of cryptography, a computer security technology. Ozzie is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and was honored as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer in 2001.