TANCon2006 - San Francisco, October 2006 - Fostering African Entrepreneurship
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Kenneth L. Coleman

Accelrys, Inc.


Kenneth L. Coleman is Chairman of Accelrys, Inc, a leading provider of software for computation, simulation, and the management and mining of scientific data used by biologists, chemists, and materials scientists, including nanotechnology researchers for product design as well as drug discovery and development. With over 500 employees and $80 million of revenues Accelrys technology and services are designed to meet the needs of today’s leading research organizations.

Mr. Coleman is the founder and former Chairman/CEO of ITM Software, an enterprise software company focused on the Information Technology function. Previously Ken was Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Service, and Marketing for Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), a $2.3 billion computer systems company. In this capacity, he managed an organization with 4,000 employees in 37 countries. In his 14-year career at SGI, Mr. Coleman held several key senior management positions including Senior Vice President of Global Services and Senior Vice President of Administration and Business Development.

Prior to joining SGI, Mr. Coleman was Vice President of Product Development at Activision, Inc., responsible for software development activities. Earlier, he spent 10 years at the Hewlett-Packard Company, where he held several management positions including a two-year assignment in Europe.

Mr. Coleman is a member of the Board of Directors of City National Bank, MIPS Technologies, and United Online. He is the recipient of numerous honors including the Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Living Legend Award, the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley Exemplary Leader Award, the One Hundred Black Men of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award and the Silicon Valley Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Coleman earned a B.S. and an MBA from The Ohio State University. Mr. Coleman also served as a Captain in the US Air Force.

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