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Michael Capellas

Founder & CEO


Michael is the founder and CEO of Capellas Partners, a strategic technology advisory firm. He currently serves on the boards of Flex (Chair), Cisco and JDA (Chair). He is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone and on the advisory board of Kony.

A four-time corporate CEO, Michael’s career as a global technology leader has spanned from innovative technology start-ups to large corporate turnarounds. He spent the first decade of his career at Schlumberger, followed by positions at software leaders, Oracle and SAP.  In 1999, Michael was named CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation and a year later, added the title of chairman. During his tenure, the company was recognized as the global leader in computer servers. He was named President of Hewlett Packard following the merger between Compaq and HP. In 2002, Michael was recruited as Chairman and CEO of Worldcom post- bankruptcy and transformed the company from a long-distance provider into the world’s largest carrier of internet traffic. After the restructuring, WorldCom re-listed on the NASDAQ as the new MCI. After Verizon acquired MCI, Michael was named Chairman and CEO of First Data Corporation, a global leader in payments and electronic commerce.

From 2009 through 2012, Michael became Founding Chairman and CEO of VCE, the Virtual Computing Company, a multibillion dollar joint venture between Cisco, EMC and VMware which developed and commercialized an innovative platform for cloud computing. During his tenure at VCE, Michael co-chaired the Federal Commission on Deployment of the Cloud (Cloud2), comprised of 71 leading U.S. companies and universities, who finalized a set of recommendations for driving U.S. cloud adoption, spurring U.S. job growth and enhancing overall U.S. competitiveness in the world. He graduated from Kent State University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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