Kanwal Rekhi

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American businessman

Why Is Kanwal Rekhi Influential?

According to Wikipedia, Kanwal Singh Rekhi is an Indian-American businessperson. He is credited as the first Indian-American Founder and CEO to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ. Career Entrepreneur & Industry Executive Rekhi had worked as an engineer, systems analyst, and manager before venturing into entrepreneurship. At the age of 36, he moved to San Jose, California and co-founded Excelan in 1982, a manufacturer of smart Ethernet, and was named president and CEO in 1985. The company went public on the NASDAQ in 1987, and merged with Novell in 1989. Kanwal remained at Novell as an executive vice-president and the chief technology officer of the company, later joining the board of directors. Kanwal retired from Novell in 1995. After leaving Novell, Kanwal also served as the CEO at CyberMedia from January 1998 until its merger with Network Associates in September 1998.

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