Dean's Advisory Council: Kenneth L. Coleman

Ken Coleman is chairman of Saama Technologies, Inc., one of the largest pure-play analytics solutions and services companies in the Data Analytics market.

He is the founder, former chairman and CEO of ITM Software, an enterprise software company focused on the information technology function. Previously, he was executive vice president of global sales, service and marketing for Silicon Graphics, Inc (SGI). Prior to joining SGI, Ken was vice president of product development at Activision. Earlier, he spent 10 years at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he held several management positions.

In addition to his role at Saama, Ken serves on the boards of directors of City National Bank and United Online. He is on the Board of the CSAA Insurance Group, Entertainment Partners, Pathbrite and Procura. He serves in the role of Special Advisor to both Andreessen Horowitz Venture Capital Firm and Carrick Capital Partners Private Equity Firm. Previously he was Chairman of two public technology companies, MIPS Technology and Accelrys. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Mr. Coleman is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award and School of Business Distinguished Graduate Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Living Legend Award, the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley Exemplary Leader Award, the One Hundred Black Men of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award, the Silicon Valley Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice Annual Exemplary Community Leadership Award, the Rainbow Push Silicon Valley Project Trailblazer Award and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum Beacon Award.

Ken was named one of the 10 most influential African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was previously named by the Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 25 black executives in technology.

Ken earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also served as a captain in the United States Air Force.