Gil Amelio – Founding Partner
Gil has over 35 years high technology experience, 26 years of P&L management, and 6 years of venture capital experience. He has held top executive responsibility at several billion-dollar global corporations. Gil is an iconic business leader and visionary with an proven track record in helping take companies with great ideas and products to the next level.
Gil was Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer, President of Rockwell International, Chairman, President & CEO of National Semiconductor Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of Jazz Technologies. Earlier in his career, Gil worked at Bell Labs, Fairchild Semiconductor, and the semiconductor division of Rockwell International. Under his leadership, these companies underwent successful transformations that resulted in over $9 billion USD increase in investor value.
He led the seminal work on the CCD imager and holds patents on related inventions. He has also been a Senior Partner at Sienna Ventures, a technology venture-capital firm focused on semiconductors, photonics, and IT infrastructure investments where he led a number of successful venture capital investments.
He was elected a Director of AT&T in February 2001 and was Senior member of the AT&T Board for several years. He had previously served as an Advisory Director of AT&T (then known as SBC Communications Inc.). Gil has been a Director of Pacific Telesis, Chiron, Sematech, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board (as chairman), the American Film Institute and several private technology companies. He is a former Director and Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Since 1996, he has been an advisor to Malaysia’s Prime Minister and to the Malaysia Multimedia Super Corridor. Dr. Amelio currently serves on the boards of Inc., ESS, Galectin Therapeutics and is Chairman of the Board of 5Barz International.
Gil received a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an IEEE Fellow and has been awarded 17 patents. He served his alma mater on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board twice and as Chairman 1985-1986.
Gil is the author of three books, An American Imperative (1993), Profit from Experience (1995), and On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple (1998), the latter two of which were business bestsellers.