Mike Markkula has distinguished himself as a venerable entrepreneur, innovator and engineer. He
is the founder of Echelon Corporation and has served as chairman and vice chairman of its board.
Echelon designs and markets distributed intelligence control systems, and is a leader in products
enabling smart power grids.
In addition, Markkula is a co-founder of Apple Computer and served as a director of the company
from its incorporation in 1977 to 1996. At the company’s inception, he was a key angel investor and
became its second chief executive officer, thereby providing critical early funding and managerial
guidance during its foundational years.
During his lengthy and illustrious tenure at Apple, Markkula held various leadership roles, including
vice president of marketing, president and chief executive officer, chairman of the board, vice chairman of the board and director of Claris Corporation. Through his involvement with Apple, Markkula
stands among the select group of individuals who have shaped our world’s current technological