Innovation is in again at Zander's Motorola
November 15, 2004
BY MICHAEL KRAUSS
It will be a busy week
on the rubber chicken circuit for Motorola CEO Ed Zander. On Wednesday,
Zander keynotes the Executives' Club lunch at the Chicago Hilton
and Towers on "Innovating in Chicago."
also on the dais explaining the reinvention of Motorola at World
Business Forum Chicago 2004, which convenes at the Arie Crown
Theater on Wednesday and Thursday.
the reins at Motorola on Jan. 5, Zander has emerged as Chicago's
First Citizen of Technology. He's intelligent, articulate, knowledgeable,
personable and approachable. While it's too soon to call Motorola
a successful turnaround, Zander's put renewed energy into the
got the vote from CDW CEO John Edwardson to become First Citizen.
"Ed Zander is a welcome addition to the Chicago community,"
says Edwardson. "It starts with the leadership he's demonstrated
and the progress he's encouraged in the few short months he's
been at Motorola's helm."
surely the beneficiary of a lot of belt-tightening that preceded
him. His arrival is well-timed. After years of focusing on operational
efficiency, innovation is back in vogue at Motorola. The market
is looking for new products, and Zander seems able to deliver.
He recognizes it takes great engineering and great marketing to
succeed. Zander's giving the Motorola brand a much needed spark.
at stake in Zander's tenure. A reinvigorated Motorola can be the
anchor tenant of a Chicago technology boom. When Motorola opened
its downtown design center, the company signaled that it understood
the importance of recruiting urban knowledge workers. Maybe Zander
will move Motorola's headquarters downtown as well. Mayor Daley
would give him the keys to the city.
on Motorola relocating, but bet on Zander. Get out and hear him
this week, and decide for yourself if Motorola's on the right
rush for California
politicians debate casinos, California researchers and VCs are
celebrating the passage of Proposition 71. The measure provides
$300 million annually for the next 10 years to fund stem-cell
research. The taxpayer-financed $3 billion cash infusion will
create a new economic boom for the Golden State.
Democratic activist Marilyn Katz, "Everyone has been missing
the real coup of Nov. 2: the California referendum in which taxpayers
voted to tax themselves $3 billion for stem-cell research. In
terms of the future of Chicago, this is likely to have as great
of an impact as who was elected president, as researchers, jobs,
and capital go west to the new gold mine."
Black Data Processing Association held its annual CIO gathering
at LaSalle Bank. Reginald Gartner, local BDPA president, credits
his employer, Allstate, for supporting BDPA nationally with a
$100,000 grant. "Being a sponsor is one more way we make
Allstate's commitment to diversity a reality," says Cathy
Brune, Allstate's CIO who was in the audience.
senior programming analyst at TTX Corp., praises BDPA. Says the
Evanston high school alum, "Each job I got in information
technology, I got through networking at BDPA."
turned out our town's stellar CIOs. On hand were Andrew Armishaw,
HSBC North America; Ellen Barry, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition
Authority; Roderick Height, Cook Country Treasurer's Office; Darwin
John, formerly with the FBI; Louis Rosenthal, EVP at ABN Amro
Services, and Bob Runcie, Chicago Public Schools.
Akoya Inc., a business intelligence software provider, closed
a series A financing round worth $800,000. ARCH Development, Caterpillar
and Tri-County Venture Capital Fund led the financing ... Vaho
Rebassoo, Boeing's chief technology officer for IT services,
keynotes the Enterprise Communications Consortium's gathering
Thursday at the University Club. ... Robert Blackwell Sr.,
CEO of Blackwell Consulting, shares ideas for aligning technology
resources to meet organizational goals Wednesday at the Society
for Information Management at the Fairmont. ... Technology Executives
Club impresario Alex Jarrett hosts his IT trends seminar
Friday at the 410 Club. ... Joel Berez convenes the MIT
Enterprise Forum to explore ways to create and protect intellectual
property at Gardner, Carton & Douglas Wednesday.
Krauss is a Chicago-based tech writer and consultant.