Scott McNealy, 52, is chairman of the board of directors of Sun
Microsystems, a company he co-founded in 1982 and chairman of Sun
Federal Inc. From 1984 to 2006, McNealy served as chief executive
officer and chairman at Sun, steering the Company to constant
innovation in open, network computing.
In his 22 years at the helm, McNealy grew Sun from a Silicon Valley
start-up to a leading provider of network computing infrastructure with
37,900 employees worldwide, all while positioning the Company as the
model of corporate integrity. In 1986, he took Sun public, creating one
of the most notable publicly traded technology companies.
Seeing the impact of the network on
security and privacy long ago, McNealy responded by building security
into every Sun product.
McNealy's vision and business acumen have made him one of the most
influential and widely quoted leaders in the complex, fluid and
fast-moving IT industry. His leadership and determination have enabled
Sun to outpace its peers, to grow while others have collapsed, to
leverage market opportunities in good economies and bad, and to claim
the leadership mantle as one of the world's great technology companies.
McNealy has helped set the industry agenda through his vision of
network computing which has served as a guide and barometer for the
direction and pace of technology innovation. And, for more than a
decade, he has been advancing Sun's slogan, The Network Is The Computer
-- a succinct statement of the company's vision of seamless
connectivity that is now driving the Participation Age.
McNealy never shies away from controversial issues in the industry.
His tenacity and willingness to address tough issues head on has earned
him respect and admiration. In 1999, McNealy predicted that "software
will all go free," and the market is now moving in that direction. He
also foresaw the service provider movement, predicted the rise of
business models based upon free software, evangelized thin client
architectures and predicted grid computing. And, McNealy's belief in
innovation and commitment to RD, even in a tough economic climate,
helped Sun weather the storm of the dot.com collapse, leaving the
Company well positioned to compete in today's marketplace.
A champion of Sun's 24-year old strategy to share, McNealy is always
fighting for openness and choice: "Without choice, you have no
innovation. Without innovation, you have nothing."
In his ongoing role as Chairman of the Board and his role as
Chairman of Sun Federal, Inc., McNealy continues to put his leadership
and vision to work for Sun. He is a strong advocate for open and
competitive business practices and is furthering his commitment to
education, working with Curriki, a global education and learning
community dedicated to delivering global access to knowledge.
McNealy graduated from Harvard in 1976 with a BA in Economics and
received an MBA from Stanford in 1980. He is an avid hockey player and
a single digit handicap golfer. He is married and is the father of four