Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Richard Egan co-founded EMC Corporation in 1979 and has served as a Director since the company's inception. In 1986, Egan led the management team that took the company public (NYSE: EMC) and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1988. Egan held the position of Chief Executive Officer until January 1992. He was named Founder and Chairman Emeritus on January 17, 2001.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, Egan entered Northeastern University where he received his BSEE in 1961. Egan began his professional career in 1961 in Honeywell's Data Processing Division as a Design Engineer specializing in computer storage systems. In 1963 he began graduate work at MIT and joined MIT's Draper Laboratory as part of the team that developed the Apollo Guidance Computer where he designed the Apollo Mission Computer's Memory Systems, which enabled a successful post-moon link up and guided the Apollo's return to earth.
Career developments include three years with Lockheed Electronics Company, a division of Lockheed Aircraft, initially as a Field Sales Manager in New England, rising to Marketing Manager of the Division in California. Egan returned to the Boston area to co-found Cambridge Memories, Inc. Seven years later, he joined Intel Corp. at the invitation of Dr. Robert Noyce, to become General Manager of Intel's Commercial Systems Division. After bringing this division from a loss to the company's most profitable within three years, he returned to the East Coast to start EMC Corporation with college roommate Roger Marino.
Egan is a dynamic leader in the education and high-tech communities. He is a Steering Committee Chair for the George W. Bush Information Technology National Steering Council and served as a member of the Commerce Department's Transition Advisory Group. He is director and founder of the Hopkinton Technology for Education Foundation and a director of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Cognition Corporation and NetScout Systems, Inc. He is a trustee of the Catholic Schools Foundation, Northeastern University and the Inner City Scholarship Fund. He is a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and an active member of the Semper Fidelis Society. He received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from his alma mater, Northeastern University, in 1995 and an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the New England Institute of Technology in 1999.
For the year 2000, Egan was named "Man of the Year" by the MetroWest Daily News, the leading newspaper covering the I-495 corridor where EMC is headquartered. Egan previously was named Inc. magazine's "1994 Master Entrepreneur of the Year."
Richard J. Egan (deceased August 2009)
Engineer, Billionaire, Co-founder and
Chairman Emeritus of EMC Corporation.
Former US Ambassador to Ireland