Dr. Robert P. Lee
High-tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors, professors
Dr. Lee is a pioneer of the high-tech industry, spending the first half of his career managing large organizations in Fortune 100 companies, and the second half as a serial entrepreneur. During his tenure, he conducted business globally, and in the last 20 years, he was heavily involved with running businesses in North America, Greater China, Japan and Europe. From 2010-2020, he was Professor-of-Practice and Adjunct Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School (taught MBA students) where he also served as an Advisory Board Member of the CUHK Center for Entrepreneurship. Until late 2012 (when the company was acquired), he was Executive Chairman of Achievo Corporation (one of the largest IT services companies). He co-founded Achievo in early 2002 and served as its Chairman and CEO until December 2008, when the company reached over 2500 people in size (mostly engineers in China, Japan, Germany, US and China). From 2002 to 2007, he was also CEO of Accela, Inc . (board me mber from 1999-2013) and led that company to become a dominant government enterprise software firm in the US. Until November 2001, he was president & CEO of Inxight Software, a XeroxPARC spinout that tripled in revenues and raised outside venture funding under his leadership (now part of SAP). Before Inxight, he was chairman, CEO and president of Insignia Solutions, a software company he transformed and took public on NASDAQ in 1995. Previously, he was executive vice president of Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC-software) , where among many achievements, he acquired and integrated 6 companies, including Norton Computing, which became a legendary M&A success story in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Lee was senior vice president of Shared Medical Systems (since acquired by Siemens) and was at IBM for 11 years (responsible for its worldwide office systems software, healthcare industry software, overall software engineering and various systems/communications software). During his 11-year tenure at IBM, Dr. Lee became one of their fastest rising product executives (promoted 8 times and relocated 6 times). Dr. Lee started his hi-tech industry career at Computer Sciences Corporation in 1973, serving as principal network engineer for CSC's INFONET computer network. Dr. Lee is currently on the board of Osel, Inc., a biopharmaceutical startup, and was previously on the boards of S3, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIII-semiconductor) and SONICblue (NASDAQ: SBLU-digital media devices). He also serves as advisor to various Western and Chinese companies and investment funds, besides being a venture partner, limited partner and angel investor himself. He is the Global Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the AAMA (Asia America MultiTechnology Association) and Chairman of the AAMA Pearl River Delta Chapter.
Dr. Lee holds Ph.D. and MS degrees from UCLA, and a BA from UC Berkeley, all in computer science. He resides in the Silicon Valley.