Partner Kleiner Perkins Caufield
and Byers and a Carnegie Mellon Trustee
Raymond J. Lane is General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, America's premier venture capital firm, focusing on guiding established businesses to successfully take advantage of new strategic Internet opportunities as well as helping entrepreneurs with organizational development, team building, and managing sales teams.
Before joining KPCB, Ray was President and Chief Operating Officer of Oracle Corporation, the second-largest software company in the world and the leading enterprise software and services company. Prior to being named President and COO, Ray was Executive Vice President of Oracle Corp. and President of Worldwide Operations. Ray joined Oracle in 1992 as President of Oracle USA. During his eight-year tenure, Oracle exhibited phenomenal sales growth, from approximately $1 billion in 1992 to its current annual revenue of $10.1 billion.
He led Oracle's business expansion beyond its core database technology into enterprise applications and professional services. Today, Oracle offers the broadest set of applications in the market including Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Procurement, Financials, and Human Resources. Ray also helped focus Oracle on specific industries, bringing industry and functional expertise to Oracle making the Company's relationship with large industry leaders closer and more strategic.
Before joining Oracle, Ray was a senior partner with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, where he pioneered and led the Information Systems Group, a worldwide consulting practice targeted at helping senior management achieve better results from information technology. He also served on Booz-Allen's board of directors and executive management committee. Prior to Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Ray served as division vice president with Electronic Data Systems Corp (EDS). In addition, he spent ten years with IBM in various product-management, sales and marketing positions.
Ray received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and an honorary Ph.D. in Science from West Virginia University (WVU). He was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of WVU and serves as a director of the Foundation Board for the University. Recently, WVU honored Ray by naming the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Ray also serves on the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University. He has been an active campaigner and planner for Carnegie Mellon's establishment of a Silicon Valley campus, and the co-creator of a High Dependability Computing Consortium with Carnegie Mellon and NASA. Ray has been recognized numerous times for leadership with the Information Industry, including the ComputerWorld's Smithsonian top award in 2000 for lifetime achievement in the industry. Ray also serves as Vice Chairman of Special Olympics International and has served on the International board of Special Olympics for several years. He also holds an honorary Ph.D. from Golden Gate University.
Reprinted with kind permission from Raymond Lane.