Social Innovation Initiative Members
Director of Worldwide Business Operations
Hewlett-Packard Software and Solutions
Brad is a 35 year veteran of Hewlett-Packard's financial Business Operations leadership community. Over Brad's career at HP he has held a wide range of senior financial management and controllership roles across a broad range of high technology and innovation-centered businesses. Brad currently is the worldwide Director of Business Operations for HP's Software and Solutions Information Management Business Unit where he is helping drive a range of new growth business initiatives for the Hewlett-Packard company in the area Enterprise Information Management & Governance.
Brad is a recognized financial & business leader within HP and is often sought after in regards to leading significant business turnarounds and growing high profile new business ventures in the company. He and his global team of New Product Business Program managers and Business Operations professionals lead the development and implementation of business management strategies & processes necessary to optimize global business performance and to transform its product and solution innovation cultures to achieve new levels of business and operational success. Recognized for his unique background and experience in successfully managing high technology businesses throughout every stage of the business and innovation life cycle, Brad's leadership has been seen as a key success factor in turning HP's innovations into leading edge products, services, and solutions that have helped make it the world's number one information technology company in the world.
Brad holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration; Accounting concentration, from San Jose State University. In addition to playing a leadership role in a number of Silicon Valley professional organizations, he was the co-creator of the San Jose Social Innovation Institute, San Jose Financial Management Institute, he is an active member of Silicon Valley Financial Executive International, co-founder of the Social Innovation Institute, Center for Employment Training/CET Board member, and serves on the Knight Foundation's San Jose Community Advisory Board. Brad is also Hewlett-Packard's SJSU campus recruiting manager and President of the SJSU College of Business Alumni Network. He remains an active SJSU advocate and has served on a wide variety of University advisory board's including those for: EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service), the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship, Global Leadership Advancement Center-Social Innovation Initiative and the Dean's Global Advisory Board for the College of Business.
Dave Wilde recently left Hewlett-Packard, where he enjoyed a 25 year career. During his time at H-P, Dave held a wide variety of roles including R&D leadership, business management, marketing, and operations, mostly in HP's enterprise systems business. He most recently worked in H-P's vertical industry group, where among other responsibilities, he was the Operations Manager for the Health and Life Sciences organization.
Dave is now pursuing opportunities at the intersection of renewable energy and social enterprises, with specific interests in bringing useful technology solutions to underserved parts of the world, in ways that are environmentally and socially responsible. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
President, Green Java
Simon has an eclectic professional career; spanning over 40 years and including careers
as a professional artist, university art instructor; mechanical design group leader;
services project manager as well as a marketing and Biz Dev director.
He taught ceramics at the Emily Carr College of Art, Langara Community College and University of British Colombia College of Education. His art work is included in permanent national and provincial collections in Canada. He has won numerous Canadian national and provincial awards for his work in ceramics, including the T. Eaton Award for Excellence in 1971.
He has held the positions of Models Group Leader at Peterbilt Motors, Project Manager at EDS, Director of Business Development Services at Quickturn and Director of Marketing at Cadence. He is currently president of Green Java, a wholesale coffee distributer, which is a certified Santa Clara County Green Business.
Rich has more than thirty years of experience in multi-national Silicon Valley technology companies. He has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Division General Manager. Currently he is a principal with Miller/Okumoto, Inc., a management consulting company. His most recent assignment was a two year engagement in Shanghai, China as the contract CFO for a joint China and USA venture-funded technology company.
Rich is an instructor at the off-campus Lucas Graduate School of Business MBA program and an instructor in the undergraduate College of Business at San Jose State University. Rich recently accepted the position of Global Leader-in-Residence for the Global Leadership Advancement Center at SJSU. He serves on the Board of Directors for the San Jose State University Research Foundation and the Center for Education Training. Rich is a graduate of SJSU.