Tarkan Maner is the President and CEO at Wyse Technology, the global leader in zero client-centric virtual, green and cloud computing solutions. He leads all aspects of Wyse’s global business operations and organization. Tarkan is a leading industry visionary around virtual and cloud-based hardware and software technology solutions which bring the most innovative, secure, green and rich user experience along with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for enterprises and consumers. He globally evangelizes the cloud computing gospel as the ultimate solution to break the monopoly of the “fat” PC and its devious ecosystem of unnecessary, unsecure and expensive “so-called” technologies. Tarkan is regarded as one of the leading experts in the ICT industry for democratizing the innovation process at Wyse by involving its global customers and partners into the technology development lifecycle. His and his team’s focus and leadership in the technology innovation, customer intimacy, operational excellence, and most importantly, team building perfection have been crucial for Wyse’s consistently solid growth and profitability, since he joined the company, especially throughout the economic up-down cycles of the last decade.
Tarkan was named President and CEO of Wyse in February, 2007. He joined Wyse in May, 2005, as the Chief Marketing Officer. He was appointed as the President, Worldwide Field Operations in 2006, leading Wyse’s global sales, marketing, channels, business development and customer service organizations and programs. Prior to joining Wyse, he led marketing, product management, business development, and strategic alliance initiatives at Computer Associates (CA). He was instrumental in developing CA’s corporate vision, strategy, product roadmap, and its global brand. Earlier, at IBM, Tarkan led global product marketing and business development initiatives for the company’s innovative Internet Security, Network Computing, and eCommerce divisions. Before IBM, he held senior product management and marketing roles in the eCommerce Software Group at Sterling Software and later, Sterling Commerce, after its spin-off and IPO.
Tarkan graduated from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey with a B.S. degree in Engineering Management. He received his MBA degree from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Tarkan also attended the invitation-only Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School along with several business and political leaders of today. Tarkan currently serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a coalition of senior executives to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the region and the world through its advocacy around public and private policy issues. Tarkan is regarded as one of the most globally-networked business leaders of our time, and is a sought-after speaker/commentator on current ICT, business, economic and social issues, globally.
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