Santa Clara University

Bill Coleman
Location: Nobili Hall

Bill Coleman

Alsop Louie Partners

Bill Coleman has more than 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial leadership experience. Prior to Cassatt, he founded and was the first chairman and CEO of BEA Systems, the world's leading infrastructure software company. Under his leadership, BEA became the fastest software firm ever to exceed $1 billion in annual revenue. Before BEA, he served as vice president of system software at Sun Microsystems, where his team transformed SunOS into the commercially successful Solaris operating system. While at Sun he also founded Sun's Professional Services Division and co-founded Sun's Federal Division.

Earlier he co-founded Dest Systems as head of engineering. Prior to that, he was director of product development at VisiCorp and manager of the high frequency systems group at GTE Sylvania. He began his career in the U.S. Air Force where he served as chief of satellite operations in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

Coleman holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Stanford University. He also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado. Mr. Coleman is a member of the boards of directors of Symantec Corporation and Palm, Inc; he is also the Chairman of the Board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a Commissioner of the Trilateral Commission, and a member of the advisory board of the Stanford School of Engineering.