Quantum CEO Rick Belluzzo To Speak At CU-Boulder On Future Of Tech Industry

Published: Oct. 6, 2002

Rick Belluzzo, chief executive officer of Quantum and former president of Microsoft, will present the third Mervyn Young Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science, on Oct. 18.

The 45-minute lecture, titled "Information Technology Industry: Time of Crisis or Opportunity?" is free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in Old Main Chapel on the CU-Boulder campus. A reception will follow the presentation.

Belluzzo has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, including over 20 years at Hewlett-Packard during which he managed and grew some of the company's largest, highest growth and most profitable businesses. He also served as chairman and CEO of Silicon Graphics, and he held several executive management positions at Microsoft, including president and chief operating officer.

He joined Quantum in September, succeeding Michael Brown as CEO. Quantum is a global leader in data protection and network storage systems, and the world's largest supplier of tape drives.

Belluzzo plans to discuss "the most turbulent time the information industry has ever seen, including what brought the industry to its current place and what a business leader needs to do to survive." He will include perspectives from a variety of people he has talked with over the last few months, including CEOs, investors, venture capitalists and customers.

The Mervyn Young Memorial Lecture Series was established through a private endowment in the department of computer science to explore issues of computing technology and society. Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, presented the inaugural lecture in April 1999. Paul Horn, IBM senior vice president and director of research, gave the second lecture in September 2000.

The Belluzzo lecture will follow the grand opening of the Discovery Learning Center at the College of Engineering and Applied Science, which also will be held Oct. 18, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the Mervyn Young Memorial Lecture call the CU-Boulder computer science department at (303) 492-6101.