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Scott McNealy

Scott McNealy

Scott McNealy (b. November 13, 1954, Columbus, Indiana) is the Chairman of Sun Microsystems, the computer technology company he co-founded in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy, and Andy Bechtolsheim.

Sun Microsystems, along with companies such as Silicon Graphics, 3COM, and Oracle Corporation, was part of a wave of successful startup companies in California's Silicon Valley during the early and mid-1980s. In 1982, McNealy was approached by fellow Stanford alum Khosla to help provide the necessary organizational and business leadership for the fledgling company (the name "Sun" was derived from Stanford University Network).

In 1984, McNealy took over the CEO role from Khosla, who would ultimately leave the company in 1985. On 24 April 2006, McNealy stepped down as CEO after serving in that position for 22 years, and turned the job over to Jonathan Schwartz. McNealy is one of the few CEOs of a major corporation to have had a tenure of over twenty years.

Unlike most people involved in high technology industries, Scott McNealy did not come from the world of amateur programmers, hackers, and computer scientists. Instead, his background is in business, having graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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