John S. Chen
Chairman, CEO & President,
Sybase, Inc.


John S. Chen was born in Hong Kong in 1955. He came to the United States as a student in 1973, where he attended the Northfield Mount Herman College Preparatory in Northfield, Massachusetts. In 1978, Mr. Chen graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and Magna Cum Laude, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi honors. In 1979, he received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

In 1979, Mr. Chen began a 13 year career at Unisys/Burroughs in Pasadena California, where he held a variety of engineering and management positions including vice president and general manager of the $500 million Unisys Convergent UNIX Systems Group and vice president and general manager of the $125 million Unisys Convergent RISC Platform Division.

Furthering his engineering and management leadership, Mr. Chen joined Pyramid Technology Corporation as executive vice president in 1991. In 1993, he became president, chief operating officer and board member with responsibility for all aspects of the $275 million, high-end UNIX-based systems company. In 1995, Mr. Chen's proven leadership and operational expertise led to the successful negotiation of the sale of Pyramid Technology to Siemens Nixdorf Informationsysteme, AG of Munich Germany. He became one of the first Asian Americans to join the Siemens Nixdorf's executive board of directors. In 1996, Mr. Chen was elevated to president and CEO of Siemens Nixdorf's $3 billion Open Enterprise Computing Division.

Mr. Chen's successful career led him to Sybase, Inc. in 1997. He was recruited as president and chief operating officer to help restore growth and profitability and to build a long term, sustainable management team for the billion dollar software company. Under Mr. Chen's first year of leadership, he refocused the company on high growth market initiatives and reported three quarters of operating profit as well as a 13% increase in cash. He was named chairman, CEO and president of Sybase in October 1998 and later unveiled a new business strategy to divisionalize the company as part of a move toward providing customers with targeted, market-driven business solutions. Since that time, the company has seen growth in database license revenues and significant increase in marketshare in the emerging mobile and embedded computing arena. Mr. Chen continues to set the strategic direction for the company and plays an integral role in developing relationships with customers, partners and stockholders.

Mr. Chen is a member of the Business Software Alliance and a member of the Listed Company Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors. He also sits on the boards and is a member of many distinguished professional associations including the Board of Watson Institute for International Studies Board of Overseers, Asian Pacific Economic Corporate CEO Advisory Board, CIT and Committee of 100.

 

Committee of 100, a powerful group of nationally visible Asian Americans, recruited Mr. Chen to become a member of this prestigious think-tank in 1997. The organization's mission is to help strengthen relationships between the US and China by promoting greater collaboration and enhanced understanding of issues faced by Asian Americans. Its membership includes some of the nation's most influential Asian American business leaders, musicians, medical researchers, lawyers, academics, Supreme Court justices, authors and Nobel Peace Prize winners.

In 1998, Committee of 100 awarded Mr. Chen the 'Entrepreneur of the Year' and the Overseas Chinese Association awarded him the 'Distinguished Asian American Businessman' for his professional accomplishments in the high technology industry.

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John Chen

Engineer, President, Chairman and CEO

Sybase Inc