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Executive Bios: Crawford Beveridge

Crawford Beveridge  

Crawford W. Beveridge, C.B.E.
Executive Vice President and Chairman, EMEA, APAC and the Americas
Sun Microsystems Inc.

Crawford W. Beveridge, 60, is a technology industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience.

His role as Executive Vice President and Chairman, EMEA, APAC and the Americas, is to represent Sun's interests in geographies outside of the US, particularly in high growth geographies or where Sun has significant investment, such as the EU, Brazil, Russia, India and China. Specifically he participates with governments to influence public policy in an effort to ensure that there is a level playing field in technology policy. For example working with governments on the adoption of open standards, open document formats and open source software as well as in areas such as intellectual property and data privacy.

Before joining Sun in 1985 as vice-president corporate resources, he held HR management positions in the United States and Europe with Hewlett Packard Company, Digital Equipment Corp and Analog Devices Inc.

In 1991 Beveridge left Sun to become the chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, the lead economic development organization for Scotland with more than 1,700 employees and an annual operating budget in excess of $800 million. In this role he oversaw business development, venture capital, skills development, exports, infrastructure and inward investment.

After nine successful years Beveridge returned to Sun in April 2000 as executive vice president of People and Places and Chief Human Resources Officer. Beveridge is a non-executive board member of Autodesk Inc.,eSilicon, and Scottish Equity Partners Ltd.

Beveridge hold a B.Sc. in Social Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and an M.Sc. in Industrial Administration from the University of Bradford, England. He also holds honorary Doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Napier University in Edinburgh and Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen. He was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honours list in 1995.

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