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Dr. William (Bill) Raduchel

Joe HollisDr. William (Bill) Raduchel (Economics 1966) is an independent director, angel investor and strategic advisor.  He is the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Opera Software ASA and is a director of ePals, Live Intent, MokaFive and Virident, all private companies.  He is also a director of two public companies -- Blackboard, Inc. and Silicon Image.  Dr. Raduchel is a strategic advisor to Daily Mail and General Trust PLC, a leading U.K. media company, and to Naspers, Ltd. He teaches corporate strategy at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University and is a strategic advisor to Myriad International Holdings, Trion World Network and vMark.

After receiving his BA in economics from Michigan State University in 1966, and his AM (1968) and PhD (1972) degrees in economics at Harvard, he taught economics, econometrics and public policy at the Harvard.  He also served as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.  In the late 1980s, he joined Sun Microsystems,Inc. where he served as Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Acting Vice President of human resources, and Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development.  He also managed relationships with the major Japanese partners.  After spending eleven years at Sun Microsystems, Dr. Raduchel joined AOL and served as strategic advisor, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. In 2001, Infoworld named him CTO of the year.  He was recognized separately as CIO of the year and as best CFO in the computer industry.  Dr. Raduchel left AOL in 2002. In both the fall and spring of 2003 he was the Castle Lecturer on Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

From March 2004 through June 2006, he was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Ruckus Network, a digital entertainment network for students at colleges and universities.  Dr. Raduchel is a member of the Conference of Business Economists.  He was also a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Internet Navigation and Domain Name Services and the STEP committee which produced A Patent System for the 21st Century. He has several issued and pending patents.



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