Michael Ruettgers, retired chairman and special advisor, EMC Corporation, and a frequent speaker at influential venues around the world, including the World Economic Forum and major IT industry conferences, will share stories from his multi-decade odyssey in the high-tech industry in Mountain View on Wednesday, January 18, 2006.
Presented by the Computer History Museum, the world's largest institution dedicated to preserving and presenting the artifacts and stories of the Information Age, the talk begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Computer History Museum's Hahn Auditorium, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, California. For reservations, please visit www.computerhistory.org/events and click on An Evening with Michael Ruettgers.
Ruettgers was chairman of the board of EMC from January 2001 through December 2005. He joined EMC in 1988 and served as CEO from 1992 until 2001, leading the company in a decade-long trajectory of accelerating profitable growth and market leadership.
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with 2004 revenues of $8.2 billion, and more than 25,000 employees worldwide, EMC is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information management and storage. In 2003, EMC acquired local companies Documentum (Pleasanton) and Legato Software (Mountain View), among others. During the 10-year bull market from October 1990 to October 2000, EMC achieved the highest single-decade performance of any listed stock in the history of the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Ruettgers' early career was spent at Raytheon where he was a key player in the Patriot Missile program. He holds a BS from Idaho State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ruettgers was named one of the "World's Top 25 Executives" by BusinessWeek and one of the "Best CEOs in America" by Worth magazine. In 2002, Ruettgers was inducted into the CRN Industry Hall of Fame, joining a select group of innovators and leaders like Andy Grove, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates.
Reservations are recommended to attend this event. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10. The talk starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. A reception is held at 6:00 p.m. for Computer History Museum members.
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, a public benefit organization with a 25-year history as part of the former Boston Computer Museum, preserves and presents for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. The Museum is dedicated to exploring the social impact of computing and is home to the world's largest collection of computing-related items -- from hardware (mainframes, PCs, handhelds, integrated circuits), to software, to computer graphics systems, to the Internet and networking -- and contains many rare objects such as the Cray-1 supercomputer, the Apple I, the WWII ENIGMA, the PalmPilot prototype, and the 1969 Honeywell "Kitchen Computer." The collection also includes photos, films, videos, documents, publications, and advertising and marketing materials.
Currently in its first phase, the Museum brings computing history to life through its popular speaker series, seminars, oral histories and workshops. The Museum also offers self-guided and docent-led tours of Visible Storage, where nearly 600 objects from the collection are on display. A new exhibit, "Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess," opened in September 2005. Please check the Web site for open hours. Future phases will feature full museum exhibits and educational programs, including a timeline of computing history, theme galleries, a research center, and much more. For more information, please visit www.computerhistory.org or call 650.810.1010.