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"I like to always think that I know my competition better than they know themselves in terms of what they're going to go do...I like playing offense. I like setting the agenda. I like being the thought leader."

– Edward J. Zander,
Motorola, Inc.

 

Biography: Edward J. Zander

Episode 406:
STAKING A CLAIM TO THE FUTURE:
Putting Technology in Good Hands


Featured Guest:
Edward J. Zander, Chairman and CEO
Motorola, Inc.

Edward J. Zander, 59, is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Motorola, Inc. Since beginning at Motorola in January 2004, he has brought Motorola not only a wealth of experience, but a keen understanding of the emerging challenges and opportunities in the communications space. He has successfully reorganized the company, overseen the introduction of several exciting new products and sharpened Motorola's focus on innovation and operational efficiency. Zander entered his position with over 25 years of experience in the technology industry.

Prior to joining Motorola, Zander was a managing director of Silver Lake Partners, a leading private equity fund focused on investments in technology industries. Before that, he served as president and chief operating officer of Sun Microsystems until June 2002. During his tenure, Zander grew Sun to $18 billion in revenues, established it as the number-one company in the server market and built it into the pre-eminent supplier of network infrastructure. Earlier, Zander served as president of Sun's software group. Prior to joining Sun in 1987, he held senior management positions at Apollo Computer and Data General.

An active member of the civic and business communities, Zander serves on the board of directors of several professional, educational and non-profit organizations. Local business organizations include The Economics Club of Chicago, The Executive Club of Chicago and the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago. He serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the School of Management at Boston University, Presidential Advisor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and served on the board of directors for the Jason Foundation for Education.

Zander holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in business administration from Boston University.

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