Technology >> CEO Interviews >> January 10, 2002

Jack Mcdonnell – Mcdata Corporation (mcdta)

JACK MCDONNELL is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Of McDATA Corporation. A McDATA co-Founder, Mr. McDonnell is responsible for the company's overall strategic direction. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of McDATA since its inception in 1982 and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1998. Mr. McDonnell has more than 31 years' experience in the data communications field, including 26 years in corporate and technical management, and five years in corporate management and engineering positions at Storage Technology Corporation and Computer Communications Inc. He attended California State University at Long Beach. Profile
TWST: Would you start with a brief overview of the history and evolution

of McDATA?

Mr. McDonnell: We've been in business now for almost 19 1/2 years. Our

strategy has evolved over that time