John C. Hollar was named President and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Trustees in 2008. He directs the Museum’s strategic planning and operations and is responsible for leading the Museum toward its goal of being the world’s leading institution capturing the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society.
Since joining the Museum, Hollar has led the development and execution of a new strategic plan that has produced significant growth in the Museum and its mission. The centerpiece is “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” scheduled to open in late 2010. “Revolution” is a multi-platform history experience that will feature the Museum’s largest-ever exhibition. It also is producing major growth of www.computerhistory.org into the one of the world’s leading Internet sites on computing and computer history. Read more about this new exhibition at Hollar's blog: "Making a 21st Century Museum."
Hollar has expanded the Museum’s production of film and digital media to make the major stories of computer history, and its pioneers, vivid and engaging for a wide audience. He has accelerated annual and capital fundraising, including establishing a founders’ stock program for Silicon Valley startups. He has formed strategic relationships with National Public Radio, Intel, Microsoft, Google, SAP, the Western Association of Venture Capital (WAVC) and other national and international institutions, and introduced a new education program.
Hollar previously was President of Penguin Television Ltd and Pearson Broadband Ltd in London as a senior executive of Pearson plc, the FTSE 100 global media and education company. Before that he served as Executive Vice President of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where he launched the award-winning PBS.org, PBSKids.org and a wide array of national education services, including PBS TeacherLine. He has been the executive producer of more than 100 hours of documentary and children’s television. He is the winner of a 2003 BAFTA and the 2001 Milia d’Or in digital content among many other awards. He is a voting member of BAFTA, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a past member of the selection committee for the Fulbright Awards conferred by the US/UK Fulbright Commission in London.
Hollar holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Southern Methodist University and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.