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Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman

Title: Chairman

Company: Saama Technologies

Location: San Francisco, CA

Educational Background:

MBA, Ohio State, 1967
BS, Ohio State, 1965

Huntsman School Interactions:

Huntsman Venture Forum - March 23, 2018


Ken Coleman is Chairman of Saama Technologies, Inc., an advanced data and analytics company delivering actionable business insights to Fortune 2000 in life sciences and several other industry verticals.

A Silicon Valley pioneer, Ken Coleman was the founder, chairman and CEO of ITM Software, an enterprise software company, whose solution focused on the information technology function. Previously, Ken was EVP of Global Sales, Services and Marketing for Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI). Prior to joining SGI, Ken was VP of Product Development at Activision. Earlier, he spent 10 years at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he held several management positions.

In addition to his role at Saama, Ken serves on the board of directors of CSAA Insurance Group, Entertainment Partners, Prevedere, EIS Group and Complia Health. He is currently a Special Advisor to both Andreessen Horowitz Venture Capital Firm and Carrick Capital Partners Private Equity Firm. He is also an advisor at Pinterest as well as several other early stage technology companies. Previously, Ken was Chairman of two public technology companies, MIPS and Accelrys; and served on the board of City National Bank. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Dean's Advisory Council for the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Mr. Coleman is the recipient of numerous honors, including The Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award and School of Business Distinguished Graduate Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Living Legend Award, the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley Exemplary Leader Award, the One Hundred Black Men of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award, the Silicon Valley Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice Annual Exemplary Community Leadership Award, the Rainbow Push Coalition Technology, Innovation and Leadership Award, the Information Technology Senior Management Forum Beacon Award, the Black Chamber of Silicon Valley Spirit of Excellence Award in Business, the NBMBAA H. Naylor Fitzhugh Award, as well as being inducted into the Global Silicon Valley Hall of Fame.

Ken was named one of the 10 most influential African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was previously named by the Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 25 black executives in technology.

Ken earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also served as a captain in the United States Air Force.


Huntsman Venture Forum, 3-23-18