Chief Financial Officer Named for Computer History Museum
High-tech veteran brings rich experience to Computer History Museum
Mountain View, California—October 12, 2005—The Computer History Museum, the world's largest museum dedicated to the preservation and presentation of artifacts and stories of the information age, announced today it has named high-tech veteran Paul C. Vilandre as its new chief financial officer.
"We welcome Paul as the newest member of our high-performance management team, and are delighted at the opportunity to apply his deep industry experience and knowledge to the museum's next phase of evolution," said John Toole, executive director and CEO of the Computer History Museum.
Mr. Vilandre's financial management acumen and knowledge of the computing industry come from his 37-year career in the high technology industry, including several early-stage, high-growth enterprises. He previously held senior management and financial positions, some with global responsibility, at IBM in Boca Raton and New York, Digital Equipment Corporation in Boston, and after moving to Silicon Valley in 1978, at Intel, Convergent Technologies and Oracle.
Mr. Vilandre has also held positions with software start-ups, overseeing activities including a successful IPO, public-private and M&A transitions. Prior to joining the museum he was CFO of Viador, an enterprise software firm offering web-based reporting and analytics.
Committed to community and professional service, Mr. Vilandre served as an officer and was elected president of the Silicon Valley chapter of FEI (Financial Executives International) and western area vice president on the executive committee of FEI. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and BS in accounting from Loyola College in Montreal.
"The Computer History Museum is the pre-eminent museum in the world to collect, document and share the touch points of the computing revolution and its impact on the human experience. I am thrilled to find an organization committed to accomplishing this task on a high-quality basis and to be a part of this effort," said Vilandre.
About the Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, a public benefit organization, preserves and presents for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. Dedicated to exploring the social impact of computing, the museum is home to the world's largest collection of computing-related items, spanning from pre-computing objects, to semiconductors, hardware, software, computer graphics systems, games, networking, robots, the Internet, and beyond. Its growing collection also includes photos, films, videos, manuals, documents, publications, and marketing materials. Currently in its first phase, the Museum brings computing history to life through its popular speaker series, seminars, oral histories, workshops and Web-based educational resources for students, scholars and the general public. The Museum also offers self-guided and docent-led tours of Visible Storage, where nearly 600 objects from the collection are on display, including such rare objects as the Cray-1 supercomputer, the Apple I, the WWII ENIGMA, the PalmPilot prototype, and the 1969 Honeywell "Kitchen Computer." A new exhibit, "Mastering The Game: A History of Computer Chess," opened in September 2005, providing an exciting, interactive look at 50 years of innovation and work in computing. Please check the Web site for open hours. Future phases will feature full museum exhibits including a timeline of computing history, theme galleries, extensive Web-based exhibits and collection-related information, expanded education programs, a research center, and much more. For more information, please visit www.computerhistory.org or call 650.810.1010.