Last week, I attended the SDForum Visionary Awards event in Silicon Valley. SDForum is a non-for-profit organization for the technical and business community in Silicon Valley aimed at helping them exchange information on emerging technologies and best practices. The Visionary Awards are given each year to honor industry leaders who have pioneered innovation and fostered the spirit of entrepreneurship.
This year, Lou Gerstner received a 2006 Visionary Award, along with Vint Cerf - Internet founding father and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google; John Hennessy - President of Stanford University; and Terry Semel - Chairman and CEO of Yahoo.
I had the pleasure and honor to introduce Lou at the event. In my remarks, I talked about Lou's impact on IBM and the IT industry, as well as offered some personal memories from my time working with him at IBM.
Below is the draft of my remarks