John Chen: A Chinese-American Success Story 11-30-2004 15:03

鈥淢ove back. A step will gain a world as boundless as the sea and sky.鈥 These are the inspirational words of John Chen, CEO of Sybase. As an immigrant from Hong Kong unable to speak English, he overcame the odds as a minority in the United States, and is now an important and respected leader in the world of technology today.

John Chen is an American success story. In the early 1970s, when he arrived in the US from Hong Kong, he could, by his own admission, 'hardly carry a conversation in English'. Nearly three decades later he is the man responsible for staging one of the most dramatic corporate turnarounds in the software business. John Chen was chairman, CEO and president of Sybase. Prior to that, he served as vice president and general manager of Unisys Convergent UNIX Systems Group and president, chief operating officer and board member of Pyramid Technology Corporation. For his professional accomplishments in the high technology industry, Committee of 100 awarded Mr. Chen the 'Entrepreneur of the Year' and the Overseas Chinese Association awarded him the 'Distinguished Asian American Businessman'.


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