Directors Council

The Directors Council is comprised of distinguished leaders in business, engineering, the sciences, law, and other relevant fields.  They have a personal interest in the Institute and are committed to its success. Members of this group serve as advocates, provide input on strategic direction, and directly support growth and success of the Institute.

Jeffrey O. Henley (Chair)
is chairman of Oracle Corporation. Previously, Mr. Henley was Oracle's chief financial officer and an executive vice president and is a member of Oracle's board of directors and its executive management committee. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Henley served as executive vice president and CFO at Pacific Holding Company, a privately-held company with diversified interests in manufacturing and real estate; and as executive vice president and CFO at Saga Corporation, a multi-billion dollar food service company. Mr. Henley is also a member of the Board of Governors for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Mark A. Bertelsen
is a senior partner of the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, one of the country’s leading law firms representing emerging growth companies in technology and life sciences. Mr. Bertelsen specializes in corporate law, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He has served on numerous boards of directors and is a director of Autodesk, Inc. and Informatica Corporation.

Daniel P. Burnham
is the retired chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company, in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to Raytheon, he was with AlliedSignal, Inc., most recently serving as vice chairman and a member of the board of directors. Mr. Burnham is a trustee of LMI, a government consulting firm located in Washington, D.C.; a past chairman of the Minority Supplier Development Council; a past chairman of the President’s National Security Advisory Committee; and a past chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association. He is currently a member of the Business Council and serves on several technology ventures boards.

Reece Duca
is founder and Chairman of the Board of GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading provider of on-line English language instruction to global corporations. Reece is also the Chairman and founder of Mindflash Technologies, an innovator and leading provider of on-demand e-learning tools for the development of corporate training and education portals. Reece is a partner and founder of the Investment Group of Santa Barbara, a private investment company which has started 15 companies over the last 30 years including Advent Software, Inc., the largest provider of portfolio and trade order management solutions for investment professionals; and The Learning Company, Inc., the leader in developing high quality educational technology products for the school and home.
Robert W. Duggan
is the founding principal of a securities investment and venture capital firm, Robert Duggan & Associates and is on the board of directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Mr. Duggan is a recipient of the French Republic Legion of Honor awarded by former French President Jacques Chirac and of a United States Congressional Medal of Merit. Mr. Duggan has served as a director of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

George W. Holbrook, Jr.
is managing partner of Bradley Resources Company LLC, a private investment company which organizes and finances ventures in technology, medical devices and natural resource and power plant development, and manages a portfolio of public companies. Mr. Holbrook serves as a director of ThinGap LLC, Vapore, Inc., Pluromed and Talisman, Inc. and was previously a director of Thoratec Corporation and the Merrill Lynch Institutional Fund.

John Marren
joined TPG Capital in 2000 as a partner and leads TPG’s technology team. He is currently the chairman of the board of MEMC Electronic Materials and serves on the board of directors of Avaya, AllTel, Freescale, Intergraph, Isola, and SunGard. Mr. Marren was a managing director at Morgan Stanley, and co-head of the Technology Investment Banking Group.

Fredric E. Steck
has been managing director for Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking and securities firm and is currently an advisory director for the firm. He is chairman of the board of Diversified Natural Products, Inc. and a board member of Aravo Solutions, Inc. Mr. Steck owns and operates Rancho Latigo in Santa Ynez, which raises and trains cutting horses.

Michael Towbes
is chairman of The Towbes Group, Inc., a real estate development and construction company, and owner and chairman of Montecito Bank & Trust. He is also CFO of The Towbes Foundation, which supports numerous local community, cultural, and educational organizations.

Philip H. White
is the president of the Hamilton-White Foundation, a family foundation which provides funding and support to non-profit organizations in the San Diego region. Previously, Mr. White was a group president for QUALCOMM, a Fortune 500 telecommunications firm. He serves on advisory boards for a number of high-tech companies and is active in the Council on Foundations, an organization that supports the efforts of charitable foundations around the world.  

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