CEO of Silicon Graphics
National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Ed McCracken was CEO of Silicon Graphics (SGI) from 1984 to 1997. Under his leadership, SGI grew from annual revenues of $5.4 million to $3.7 billion. Prior to leading Silicon Graphics, he spent 16 years as an executive with Hewlett-Packard.
McCracken became Chairman of SGI's board in 1994. He also served on the boards of Digital Research and National Semiconductor.
He was a "White House regular" during the Clinton administration and appeared with Bill Clinton and Al Gore to promote the benefits of technology.
McCracken earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1966 and an MBA from Stanford University.