TechNet Appoints New Executive Council Members Marissa Mayer of Yahoo! and
Safra Catz of Oracle
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechNet, the bipartisan
policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of
the innovation economy, is pleased to announce the addition of Marissa Mayer,
Yahoo! chief executive officer, president and director, and Safra Catz, Oracle
president and chief financial officer to TechNet's Executive Council.
"We are delighted to welcome Marissa Mayer and Safra Catz onto the Executive
Council," said Rey Ramsey, president and chief executive officer of TechNet.
"These two remarkable industry leaders and their fresh perspectives and ideas
are valuable additions to the collective expertise of TechNet's Executive
Council. TechNet will gain enormously from their years of experience and
business acumen and we look forward to having their counsel."
"Safra Catz and Marissa Mayer bring valuable new perspectives to our mission
at TechNet," said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and chief executive officer
and co-chair of TechNet. "They are both remarkable leaders and their wisdom
will strengthen our efforts to grow our economy through smart innovation
"The addition of these two extraordinary executives will strengthen TechNet
and our advocacy for America's innovators and economic growth," said John
Doerr, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner and co-chair of TechNet.
"Safra Catz and Marissa Mayer each bring unique skills and perspectives that
will help TechNet expand our mission to promote the innovation economy."
"I'm pleased to add Yahoo!'s voice to the Executive Council and look forward
to working with TechNet in support of smart policies that spur innovation and
drive our country's economy," said Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! chief executive
officer, president and director.
"TechNet's Executive Council includes an incredibly diverse representation of
companies across every section of the technology industry," said Safra Catz,
Oracle president and chief financial officer. "I am delighted to represent
Oracle as part of this accomplished group and look forward to furthering
TechNet's mission to promote the innovation economy."
Marissa Mayer was named Yahoo! CEO, president and director in July 2012. Prior
to Yahoo! Marissa Mayer was vice president of Local, Maps, and Location
Services at Google where she oversaw product management, engineering, design
and strategy for the company's suite of local and geographical products,
including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search, for
desktop and mobile. Prior to joining Google, Marissa worked at the UBS
research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park,
California. Marissa serves on the board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
She is also on the board of various non-profits, including the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet, and the New York City Ballet.
Oracle President and CFO Safra Catz joined Oracle in 1999, has been President
of Oracle since 2004, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since
October 2001. After serving as CFO from 2005-2008, Catz was re-appointed in
April 2011. Catz oversees one of the most active mergers and acquisitions
programs in the world, with more than 80 in the past 6 years valued over
$43billion, including the industry transforming acquisition of Sun
Microsystems. With 20% earnings growth over the past 5 years, Oracle stock has
quadrupled since Catz joined. Catz is a member of the board of directors for
HSBC Holdings plc, one the largest banking and financial services
Current members of TechNet's Executive Council include:
oCisco, John Chambers, (co-chair, TechNet), Chairman & CEO
oKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, John Doerr (co-chair, TechNet), Partner
oBloom Energy, KR Sridhar, Co-Founder & CEO
oClearStreet, Kim Polese, Chairman
oEMC, Joseph Tucci, Chairman, President & CEO
oEnerNOC, Tim Healy, Chairman & CEO
oF5 Networks, John McAdam, President & CEO
oGenentech, Ian Clark, CEO
oGlobalFoundries, Ajit Manocha, CEO
oGoogle, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman
oHP, Henry Gomez, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
oMarvell, Weili Dai, Co-Founder
oMicrosoft, Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President
oNASDAQ OMX Group, Bruce Aust, Executive Vice President
oStanford University, Joseph Grundfest, W.A. Franke Professor of Law and
oVeriSign, James Bidzos, Chairman and CEO
The addition of Marissa Mayer and Safra Catz to the Executive Council comes
just before TechNet Day, the organization's annual CEO fly-in to Washington,
D.C., which will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2013. TechNet CEOs and
executives will deliver a clear message on the importance of high-skilled
immigration reform to the country's economic strength and competitiveness.
TechNet Day will feature an inaugural Politico CEO Roundtable Breakfast on
"Ideas on Innovation and Growing the Economy." Furthermore, TechNet CEOs and
senior executives will hold meetings with the Obama administration officials,
as well as meetings with Congressional leaders from the U.S. House and Senate.
More information about TechNet Day and TechNet can be found at
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth
of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships
between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted
policy agenda. TechNet's members represent more than one million employees in
the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance.
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