Northeastern welcomes two business leaders to Board of Trustees
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Richard D'Amore and Joseph Tucci

February 11, 2009

Northeastern University, a world leader in experiential education and translational research, has appointed two prominent members of the business community to its Board of Trustees: Joseph M. Tucci, H’04, chairman, president and CEO of EMC Corporation, and Richard D’Amore, BA’76, a leading early-stage venture capitalist.

Both individuals will bring to the Northeastern community not only their enthusiastic commitment to the university, but a longstanding passion for technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

“The leadership, fresh perspectives and commitment to innovation that Joe and Richard bring to the board will be a valuable asset for Northeastern, particularly as we embark on new global, research, and experiential education initiatives,” said Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern. “Both Richard and Joe are leaders in bringing innovative products to the marketplace. They have a keen sense of how to translate knowledge into economic growth and social well-being. That experience aligns well with the mission of this university.”

“Northeastern University is on an upward trajectory because we have historically embraced innovation. Our research is entrepreneurial and innovative, as is our unique co-op model of education,” said Sy Sternberg, chairman of Northeastern University’s board of trustees, and chairman of the board of New York Life Insurance Company, the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. “Joe and Richard are innovators and visionaries themselves, and the new leadership they bring to our board will accelerate Northeastern’s momentum. I am deeply grateful to the commitment of service both gentlemen have made to Northeastern University.”

Tucci received an honorary doctorate in business administration from Northeastern in 2004. D’Amore earned a B.S. from Northeastern University, summa cum laude, in 1976.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the overall policy by which the university conducts its affairs and is vital to the ongoing success of Northeastern.

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Joseph Tucci is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of EMC Corporation. Tucci has been EMC's Chairman since January 2006 and President and CEO since January 2001, one year after he joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer. Headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with more than 42,000 employees operating in more than 60 countries, EMC is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information.

Before joining EMC, Tucci directed the financial and operational rebirth of Wang Global, an information technology services company, during six years as its Chairman and CEO. Mr. Tucci joined Wang Global in 1990 as its Executive Vice President, Operations.

Prior to joining Wang in 1990, Tucci was President of U.S. Information Systems for Unisys Corporation, a position he assumed after the 1986 merger of Sperry and Burroughs that created Unisys.

Tucci earned a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and an MS in Business Policy from Columbia University.

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Richard D’Amore has been a venture capitalist for more than two decades. He co-founded North Bridge Partners in 1994 and continues to serve as a general partner. In addition, he has been a director of Phase Forward, Inc. since 1997, a director of Veeco Instruments Inc. since 1990, and serves on the board of a number of private companies.

Prior to this, he served as a general partner at Hambro International from 1982 through 1994. Prior to 1982, he worked as a consultant at Bain and Company and as a certified public accountant with Arthur Young and Company.

D’Amore earned a B.S. from Northeastern, summa cum laude, in 1976 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

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For more information, please contact Renata Nyul at 617-373-7424 or at r.nyul@neu.edu.

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