Ozzie is one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley and has roots going back to Lotus Notes before Lotus was even acquired by IBM. Ozzie also founded Groove Networks, which was purchased by Microsoft in 2005, and that product eventually became Microsoft SharePoint Manager. Meanwhile, Ozzie became a Chief Technical Officer at Microsoft, and took over as the Chief Software Officer when Bill Gates left the company. Ozzie left Microsoft in 2010, and has kept a low profile since then, but he was announced to be joining the HP Board of Directors today.
In addition to Ozzie, HP named Robert Bennett, the former CEO of Liberty Media, and James Skinner, the former CEO of McDonald’s and current chairman of drugstore company Walgreens, to the board. HP still has not found a chairman for the board though.