Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and a number of other companies, was named to HP's board of directors, making him the 11th member. Andreessen is no stranger to HP, which two years ago bought another of his companies, Opsware, for about $1.6 billion. Opsware made software that automates data center tasks.
Marc Andreessen, a co-founder of Netscape Communications, a pioneer in Web
browsing, is the latest member of the board of directors at Hewlett-Packard.
HP announced Sept. 17 that Andreessen will be the 11th
member. He already serves on the boards of eBay and Facebook.
Mark Hurd, HP's chairman and CEO, praised
"Marc Andreessen is a software pioneer whose leadership has helped shape the
Internet," Hurd said in a statement. "Marc's entrepreneurial background and
industry expertise will be a welcome addition to the HP board of directors."
Andreessen is no stranger to HP. In 2007, HP bought Andreessen's company,
data center automation software maker Opsware, for about $1.6 billion. He was
co-founder and board chairman for Opsware.
He is co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, a $300 million
venture fund, and co-founder and chairman of Ning, an online platform for
enabling people to build their own social networks.
He also has served as CTO for AOL
and was the co-author of Mosaic, an early Web browser.