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Former Microsoft executive Ray Ozzie joins HP’s Board of Directors

Ray Ozzie

Raymond E. Ozzie, former chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation will join HP’s board, effective today, as announced by HP. The appointments increase the number of HP board of directors from nine to twelve. Ozzie was Microsoft’s chief software architect back in December of 2010.

“Ray Ozzie, an industry visionary and pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work, left his role as Microsoft’s chief software architect in December 2010 and founded Talko Inc., a firm focused on a new generation of mobile communications applications and services. Ozzie assumed the role of chief software architect at Microsoft in June 2006. In that role, Ozzie had oversight of the company’s technical strategy and product architecture, and directed development of the company’s next-generation software services platform. Ozzie was Microsoft’s chief technical officer from April 2005 to June 2006. He took up that role when Microsoft acquired Groove Networks, Inc., a collaboration software firm Ozzie formed in 1997,” the official press release from HP stated.

Ozzie will now be joining HP CEO Meg Whitman on the HP board of directors, increasing the board’s size from nine to twelve members. Current chairman of Walgreens, James Skinner, will also be joining former CEO of Liberty Media Corporation, Robert Bennett, on the board of directors. Ray Ozzie took over the chief software architect position from Bill Gates back in 2006 was influential to Microsoft as the “big picture thinker.” Now he will be an asset to HP.

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