Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Rod Canion
Co-founder, First President and CEO, Compaq Computer
Thursday, November 21
UC Davis Conference Center
“Apple vs. Open Industry Standard – History Repeats”
About Rod Canion
Rod Canion was the co-founder of Compaq Computer Corporation in 1982 and served as its chief executive officer from inception through a decade of unprecedented growth and challenges. During his tenure as CEO, Compaq set records for the largest first-year sales in the history of American business, reaching the Fortune 500 and the $1 billion revenue mark faster than any other company in history. By 1991, Compaq employed more than 10,000 people and operated in 65 countries worldwide. Canion left Compaq late in 1991.
Since leaving Compaq, Canion has been involved in a long list of startups and early stage companies as an angel investor, advisor and director. He helped found the Houston Technology Center in 1999 and the Goose Society of Texas in 2005, two organizations focused on encouraging entrepreneurs and helping early stage companies succeed. He is currently a director of Invesco, Ltd., ChaCha Search, Inc., and Houston Methodist Research Institute. He is an advisory director of Encore Health Resources and Dynamics, Inc.