Oracle, Akamai Technologies Join Tech Industry Leaders to Promote U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness
The Technology CEO Council (TCC) today announced that D. Mark Durcan, chief executive officer and director of Micron Technology, Inc., has been named the group’s newest chair, succeeding outgoing chair Ursula M. Burns, chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation. In his new role, Durcan will spearhead efforts by fellow information technology industry leaders to advance policies that promote U.S. innovation and competitiveness.
TCC also announced that Oracle Corporation CEO Safra Catz and Akamai Technologies CEO Dr. Tom Leighton have joined the group, adding their voices to the IT industry’s only public policy advocacy organization comprised entirely of Chief Executive Officers. The CEOs regularly meet with policymakers regarding issues of importance to the high-tech industry and the nation.
"A healthy private-public partnership in the United States is fundamental to a dynamic global tech industry," said Durcan. "It is important to complement our innovation with a commitment to tax, trade, and immigration policies that help to ensure a level playing field for technology companies competing globally. As chair, I look forward to building on TCC's history of success and am eager to engage on issues like cybersecurity and the rise of digital protectionism."
A 30-year company veteran, Mr. Durcan became CEO of Micron Technology, Inc. in 2012. Under his leadership, the company has delivered the innovation that makes Micron one of the top memory solutions providers and manufacturers in the world. Mr. Durcan is also the Chairman of the Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., which aims to advance STEM education and support civic and charitable institutions in the communities in which Micron has facilities.
“TCC has long benefited from Mark’s vision and expertise, particularly in the areas of advanced manufacturing and skills, and we’re grateful to have his leadership,” said Burns. “The addition of Oracle and Akamai Technologies also strengthens our voice as we promote the all ways technology can help solve global challenges and grow the U.S. economy.”
Safra Catz became CEO of Oracle in 2014, after having served as president and chief financial officer at the company, which she joined in 1999. She also serves on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. Dr. Tom Leighton, who co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998, is one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications. Dr. Leighton was a professor of applied mathematics at MIT before becoming Akamai CEO.
In addition to Mr. Durcan, Ms. Catz, and Dr. Leighton, TCC members include Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation; Michael S. Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Inc.; Brian M. Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation; Steve Mollenkopf, President and CEO of Qualcomm Inc.; Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM Corporation; and Joseph M. Tucci, Chairman and CEO of EMC Corporation.
The Technology CEO Council has focused on public policy initiatives related to U.S. competitiveness and innovation for more than 25 years. Specifically, TCC is working to advance the following: bolstering our physical and digital infrastructure to support breakthrough innovations and efficient, effective government; comprehensive tax reform that encourages inclusive growth, global investment and U.S. job creation; trade agreements that give global consumers access to global entrepreneurs; and, new immigration and education policies that both attract the high-skilled workers we need to create new businesses and ensure the best and brightest can thrive in the United States.
For more information about TCC, visit www.techceocouncil.org.