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The 18th Annual Stanford Directors' College 2012

2012 Keynotes

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen
Co-Founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz; Director, eBay, HP and Facebook

Marc Andreessen is an investor, startup coach, blogger, corporate director and legendary software engineer best known as co-author of Mosaic, the first widely-used web browser, and founder of Netscape Communications Corporation. He was the chair of Opsware, a software company he founded originally as Loudcloud, when it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. He is also a co-founder of Ning, a company which provides a platform for social-networking websites. Mr. Andreessen is also a director at Facebook and eBay.

Mr. Andreessen is an investor in social news website Digg and several other early-stage technology startups, like Plazes, Netvibes, CastTV and Twitter. His latest project is Ning, which launched in October 2004. He serves on the board of Facebook, eBay, and Open Media Network, a combined Kontiki (VeriSign) client and media player, launched in 2005. On July 5, 2009, Mr. Andreessen announced along with his longtime business partner, Ben Horowitz, the formation of their venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, aimed purely at investing in the best new entrepreneurs, products, and companies in the information technology industry.

Marc Andreessen

Robert Greifeld

Greifeld assumed leadership of NASDAQ in 2003, when the company’s primary business was operating one equity market in the U.S. Today, NASDAQ OMX is a leading participant in the exchange and technology sector, delivering trading, listing, financial market technology and public company services across six continents. Mr. Greifeld has led NASDAQ OMX through a series of complex, innovative acquisitions that have extended its footprint across the world, spanning all asset classes. In 2008, he led the Exchange’s combination with Stockholm-based OMX AB, as well as acquisitions of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Boston Stock Exchange and Nord Pool, Europe’s largest power market. Nasdaq OMX operates 22 markets, 10 clearing houses and supplies technology to another 65 exchanges around the world. In January 2009, NASDAQ OMX was named “Company of the Year” by Forbes magazine. Also in 2009, NASDAQ OMX was ranked as one of the best performing companies in the U.S. as part of the BusinessWeek 50, and it was named to Fortune Magazine’s annual list of 100 Fastest Growing Companies.

Greifeld has been a strong advocate of modernizing exchanges and financial regulation to keep America’s capital markets competitive. He has been outspoken on issues including Sarbanes Oxley, encouraging CEOs to embrace sound, modern regulation as consistent with good business practices. Greifeld has been critical of outmoded U.S. immigration policies, citing these as harmful to U.S. innovation and business growth. Prior to joining NASDAQ OMX, Greifeld led the buy-side businesses for SunGard Data Systems. He was an entrepreneur for 10 years and with a small team, created what became the industry standard trade order management system for NASDAQ stocks. The company he led, Automated Securities Clearance and its technology platform, BRASS, was purchased by SunGard in 1999. Greifeld holds a Masters in Business from New York University, Stern School of Business, and a B.A. in English from Iona College. His graduate school thesis was on the operation of The NASDAQ Stock Market.

Greifeld is a member of the Business Roundtable, the Financial Services Roundtable and the Partnership for New York City, an organization devoted to enhancing the local economy. He is Chairman of the USA Track & Field Foundation, which supports emerging athletes and inner city youth athletics.

Reed Hasting

Reed Hastings
Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Netflix, Inc.; Director, Microsoft Corporation and Facebook

Reed Hastings has served as Chief Executive Officer since September 1998 and Chairman of the Board since inception. Mr. Hastings served as Chief Executive Officer of Pure Atria Software, a maker of software development tools, from its inception in October 1991 until it was acquired by Rational Software Corporation, in August 1997. Mr. Hastings currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Microsoft. Mr. Hastings holds an M.S.C.S. degree from Stanford University and a B.A. from Bowdoin College. As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Netflix, Mr. Hastings deeply understands the technology and business of Netflix. He brings strategic and operational insight to the Board. Mr. Hastings is also a software engineer and has unique management and industry insights.

Ben Horowitz

Benjamin A. Horowitz
Co-Founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Ben Horowitz is a co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs become successful CEOs and build important and enduring companies. Andreessen Horowitz provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to the best new technology companies, and the firm currently has $1.2 billion under management across two funds. Among its 80 investments are Airbnb, Facebook, Foursquare, Groupon, Jawbone, Lytro, Pinterest, Twitter and Zynga.

Horowitz was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Horowitz ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.

Horowitz has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of many companies including Foursquare, Jawbone, Lytro, Magnet, Nicira and Tidemark. Horowitz also pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog (www.bhorowitz.com), where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and three daughters.

John F.W. Rogers

John F. W. Rogers
Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board, Goldman Sachs

Mr. Rogers has been Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs since November 2001. He joined the firm in 1994 in the Fixed Income division and served in various positions from 1994 to 2001. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was a senior fellow at the Baker Institute at Rice University, having served as Under Secretary of State for Management at the U.S. Department of State from 1991 to 1993. From 1988 to 1991, he was Executive Vice President of the Oliver Carr Company, and prior to that, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1987 and Assistant to the President for Management and Administration from 1981 to 1985. Mr. Rogers is chairman of the boards of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and Goldman Sachs Gives.

Patricia Russo

Patricia F. Russo
former Chief Executive Officer, Lucent Technologies; Chairman, Partnership for a Drug Free America; Director, Alcoa, Inc; Hewlett-Packard; General Motors; KKR Management LLC; and Merck & Co, Inc.

Pat Russo is one of the authentic pioneering women who has successfully led major U.S and global technology companies – most recently serving that industry as CEO of the merged French-American multinational giant, Alcatel-Lucent.

A decade earlier Ms. Russo helped launch Lucent Technologies, Inc, the communications equipment leader, serving initially as President of Business Communications Systems, and then later as its Chairman and CEO from early 2002 until its merger with Alcatel, completed at the end of 2006.  During her tenure at Lucent she led the Company through one of the most challenging periods in the telecom sector’s history, returning the company to profitability and growth after the severe telecom industry ‘crash’.  Her leadership positioned the Company for its strategic merger, a bold move that led the global telecom equipment industry consolidation.

Pat Russo spent more than 20 years of her notable business career managing some of Lucent’s and its parent AT&T’s, largest business and most critical corporate functions.  Before joining AT&T in 1981, she began her management career at IBM, where she worked for eight years, moving up the executive ladder in various sales and marketing positions.

In 2001, Russo left the telecom industry briefly to become President and Chief Operating Officer at Kodak until she was asked to return to Lucent as CEO in January of 2002.  She also served as Chairman of Avaya, a communications firm during that time.

Ms. Russo is the lead director of General Motors and is also a director of Merck, Hewlett Packard, Alcoa and KKR, a private equity firm.  She is the Chairman of The Partnership for a Drug-free America, a national nonprofit organization based in New York.  She also speaks at the Wharton Advanced Management program on ‘Leading through Critical Times”.

Russo’s leadership has been widely acknowledged on countless occasions.  She was named to Fortune Magazines list of the Most Powerful Women in American Business six times and Forbes three times.  In 2006 she was ranked No.1 on Fortune’s International List of the Most Powerful Women in Business.  And, in 2006, Time Magazine named her to the Time 100 list of “People Who Shape Our World”.

Pat Russo is a graduate of Georgetown University and also completed the Advanced Management Program and Harvard University.  She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Entrepeneurial Studies at Columbia College in South Carolina.

Leo E. Strine, Jr

The Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr.
Chancellor of the Court of Chancery

The Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr. was confirmed as Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on June 22, 2011, having previously served as a Vice Chancellor since 1998. Chancellor Strine also has long-standing positions as the Austin Wakeman Scott Lecturer in Law at the Harvard Law School, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Program of Corporate Governance, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University Law Schools. He also serves as the Special Judicial Consultant to the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association. Before joining the Court of Chancery, Chancellor Strine was Counsel to Governor Thomas R. Carper. Before his position with Governor Carper, Chancellor Strine served as a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and as law clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Chief Judge John F. Gerry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Chancellor Strine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and received his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from the University of Delaware. He was selected as a Henry S Truman Scholar and a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.


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Updated on 03/14/2012