Rick Crandall, is a director and advisor to a number of companies ranging from large to small, public and private.
In addition to his technology background, he has extensive experience in corporate governance, marketing and corporate strategy in various industries that are or are transitioning to becoming more dependent on technology. He was a CEO of a public international tech company for over 25 years; he is a businessman who has stayed current with new uses of technology and trends.
He was the founder of Comshare, Inc. in 1966 originally as a pioneer of computer timesharing services. He took Comshare through one of the earliest public offerings in the tech industry, and then guided it through one of the few total transformations to enterprise software products. Crandall had one of the longest tenures (28 years) as CEO in the enterprise software industry; he expanded Comshare into 20 countries by the time he vacated that position in 1994 for his present activities.
Crandall was Chairman of Novell until its sale in 2011 when he oversaw the sale of Novell to a trio of private equity firms and simultaneously a portion of its patent library to a consortium of Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and EMC.
He is the founder and (since 1995) continuing chairman of the Enterprise Software CEO Roundtable, consisting of the CEO's or COO's of the industry's top 50 enterprise software firms meeting in person twice yearly.
During the period 1995 - 2003, Crandall helped Gideon Gartner create Giga Information Group, one of the nation's premier technology research and advisory firms that went public in the late 1990's. From 2002 - 2003 he was Chairman of Giga until it was sold to Forrester Research.
Mr. Crandall was a founding partner of Arbor Partners, a tech-focused venture capital firm.
He served as Chairman of ITAA, the association for the computer software and services industry. He served on the ITAA Board for over 20 years and chaired its strategic planning committee for 12 years.
Crandall was the technology advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2008.
In 1986, the year of the 25th anniversary of the birth of the software industry, Crandall was selected as "One of the 5 Leading Pioneers of the Computer Industry" (ref.: ICP Business Software Review; Oct. 1986).
Crandall received the 1992 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from the University of Michigan Business School and Harvard Business School Alumni groups.
He presently serves on the Board of Directors of:
- Diebold Inc. (NYSE – DBD)
- RR Donnelley (NYSE – RRD)
- Pelstar, LLC - Executive Chairman, manufactures Health o meter professional medical equipment
- Actv8 Inc. – (Los Angeles, CA) interactive television gaming and coupon apps synced with popular TV shows
- Virun Inc. – (Walnut, CA) innovator, patent owner and bio-tech manufacturer of health and diet supplements in a form soluble in clear liquids that are shelf-stable.
Crandall attended the University of Michigan where he received a BS Electrical Engineering, BS Mathematics and a Masters in Industrial Engineering, 1966.
Crandall lives in Aspen, CO with his wife Pamela.
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