Mark Barrenechea

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Mark Barrenechea

Mark Barrenechea
President & CEO

After spearheading the Rackable acquisition of SGI, in two bold moves, Mark pulled the plug on the visualization group at SGI and the petascale contract with Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center — both eyebrow raisers. The big question: Can the reconstituted SGI recapture its glory days of the 1990s?

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Mark Barrenechea joined the Rackable Systems Board of Directors in 2006 and served as Rackable’s President and CEO. In that role, he led the acquisition of Silicon Graphics, Inc. and was appointed President & CEO of SGI in May 2009. Mark brings more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience in the high tech industry during which he successfully grew businesses from medium to large scale organizations. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and CTO for Computer Associates (NYSE:CA). Prior to CA, he served as Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) and part of the executive management committee, managing a multi-thousand person global team and helping deliver the landmark release 11i of Oracle Applications. Earlier, he served as Vice President of Development at Scopus, which was subsequently sold to Siebel Systems. Previously, he was responsible for reshaping Tesseract’s line of human capital management software as Vice President of Development which was acquired by Ceridian, and used as their platform for shared services. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.

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