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James Spitze

Executive Director, Fisher Center for Business Analytics, Institute for Business Innovation, Haas School of Business - University of California - Berkeley


Jim Spitze wrote his first computer program in 1959 and went on in 1963 to co-invent the world’s first commercially successful electronic calculator.  Starting in the mid 1970’s, he became a serial CIO and then co-founded The Systems Consulting Consortium, Inc., a “high-end” IT-focused management consulting firm which helped found many IT departments in Northern California such as Tencor, Cirrus Logic, and others. Concurrently he helped found the Fisher CIO Leadership Program within the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley and its globally-recognized Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership, described by some as “The Nobel Prize for CIOs”.  In the 70s and 80s, he served as the CIO for Xerox Data Systems, American President Lines, QANTAS (in Australia), and more recently as an Interim CIO (as a consultant) for a large number of Bay Area firms. His 59 year career spans the entire growth period of “the computer.”  He will retire to his ranch, Palm Lane Farms, on Friday, April 27, 2018.