William T. Coleman III
William T. "Bill" Coleman III is a Partner at Alsop Louie Partners. He has been recognized as the founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of various high profile corporations most notably BEA Systems, and Cassatt Corporation and has been a Director at Symantec Corporation since 2003.
William Coleman III holds a Bachelors degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He also holds Masters degrees in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University. Additionally, he has an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado.
Coleman began his career in the U.S. Air Force as Chief of Satellite Operations in the Office of the Secretary. In 1995, he co-founded BEA Systems, where he served as chairman of the board. Coleman and two others started BEA to create software tools that tie corporate software applications together.The company was an enterprise application and service infrastructure software provider. In 2001, Business Week Online valued his stake in BEA Systems as worth $500 million. Coleman's tenure as chairman of the board lasted until August 2002. Concurrently, he also served as Chief Strategy Offices from October 2001 until August 2002, and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to October 2001.
Prior to co-Founding BEA Systems, Coleman was also former head of Sun Microsystems' professional services and software development units, and co-founded Dest Systems, where he then headed Engineering. Coleman also held positions as a Director of Product Development at VisiCorp and Manager of the High Frequency Systems Group at GTE Sylvania. He has most recently been an Operating Partner of Alsop Louie Partners, a venture fund that invests primarily in early stage technology, since June 2010.
Coleman has been a Director of Symantec Corp. since January 14, 2003, he is a Member of the Trilateral Commission, and also serves as a Member of the Audit Committee. He is a Member of the Information Technology Advisory Board at Warburg Pincus. Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors of Nexant, Inc, and a Director on Board of Directors and Advisory Council of the Business Executives for National Security. He has previously served as a director of a variety of companies, including Cassatt Corporation and Palm, Inc.
Alsop Louie Partners
William Coleman was the founder of, and was a Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Cassatt Corporation from August 2003 until June 2009. The Menlo Park, California-based company offers "software and services to help enterprises implement agile business architectures which adapt to meet changing workplace requirements."
The Cassatt management team includes: Coleman, Brian Berliner, Mark Forman, Paul Hoffman, Dave McAllister, Steven Oberlin, and Karen Willem.
In 2010, William Coleman was listed as 827th, on the Forbes Global 2000, which is a list he has been on sequentially each year since 2003. In 2009, he was listed in Forbes 400 Best Big Companies, a list that he had been on consecutively from 2003-2005. Other lists he has been on as Director of Symantec Corporation include:
- 2004: Named in the Asian Fab 50
- 2003: 397th on the Forbes 500s (Profits), Listed in the Asian Fab 50, 259th on the Forbes 500s (Market Value)l ist
- 2002: Named in the Forbes 500s (Market Value) list
- 2001: 733rd on the Forbes Executive Pay list
Other recognitions include:
- In 2001, William Coleman III was named Entrepreneur of the Yearby both Ernst & Young and the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at Colorado University-Boulder
- Named by Business Week as one of 2001's E-biz 25 Top Executives.
William Coleman's philanthropic focus has been broadly to take a local and hands-on approach to giving-back to society, and has been inspired by his niece's cognitive disability. Having seen her cognitive abilities improve with the advent of technology and the computer, he and his wife decided to focus specifically on finding treatments for cognitive disabilities with technology. In 2000, William Coleman and his wife initiated a long-term partnership with the University of Colorado, with their donations going towards the construction of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.William Coleman is now the President of the University of Colorado's Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.
One of Coleman and his wife's contributions has been the Coleman-Turner Chair in Cognitive Disability. Since its institution, David Braddock, PhD, Associate Vice President of the University of Colorado has acted as executive director for the chair.
The Coleman Institute
The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities was established in 2001, and dedicates its advanced development and research capacities towards the improvement of the afflicted, and exists solely to catalyse and integrate advances in science, engineering and technology to promote the quality of life and independent living of those with cognitive disabilities.
Coleman and his wife's original endowment towards the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities came in the sum of $250 million, and the couple have continued their donations towards the institute annually in order to further its programs and research projects.
- William Coleman III Profile at Forbes.com. Forbes, accessed December 27th, 2010.
- William T. Coleman III Executive Profile. Business Week, accessed December 27th, 2010.
- Bill Coleman's 2001 Profile page. Business Week, accessed December 27th, 2010.
- Board of Directors and Advisory Council. Business Executives for National Security, accessed December 27th, 2010.
- Alsop Louie Partners. Business Week, accessed December 27th, 2010.
- William T. Coleman Rankings. Forbes, accessed December 27th, 2010.
- William Coleman's Philanthropy Profile. Faces of Philanthropy, accessed December 22nd, 2010.
- Coleman Institutes Welcome Page. Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, accessed December 22nd, 2010.