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Raymond Ozzie joins HP board of directors

Raymond Ozzie joins HP board of directors 

Ozzie gained fame for being part of the team that created Lotus Notes, the business collaboration software his business sold to IBM in 1995. He continued working with IBM on Lotus Notes for several years before leaving to found Groove Networks. Microsoft acquired Groove Networks in 2005 and rebranded its product as SharePoint Workspace. After Microsoft’s acquisition of Groove Networks, Ozzie became one of Microsoft’s three chief technical officers. 

In 2006, Ozzie succeeded the company founder Bill Gates as Microsoft’s chief software architect. He left that role at the end of 2010. Two years later, he announced he was founding a new company, now known as Talko, although he has not shared what the company will do as of yet. 

Ozzie joins Robert Bennett and James Skinner as the newest members of HP’s board. Bennett is the former president and CEO of Liberty Media Corporation. Skinner served as the vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s, and currently chairs the American drugstore chain Walgreens.{mospagebreak}Ralph Whitmore, interim chairman of HP’s board, noted in a press release that “we could not be more pleased with the caliber of these new board members and the incredible range of experiences that they bring.” He called Ozzie “a technology visionary who brings years of experience from the start-up world and Microsoft.”

HP’s board is still recovering from chairman Raymond Lane’s announcement to step down from his position. Two other board members left at the same time. The company’s board of directors continues to seek out a permanent replacement for Lane as well as other new members.

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