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Richard J. Egan
Ambassador, Ireland
Term of Appointment: 08/30/2001 to 02/21/2003

Richard J. Egan was sworn in as Ambassador to Ireland on August 30, 2001. Ambassador Egan presented his credentials to the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin, on September 10, 2001.

Mr. Egan is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of EMC Corporation, an S&P 500 company that is the world’s leading supplier of intelligent enterprise storage and retrieval technology.

Mr. Egan was born in Milton, Massachusetts, and grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston. In 1953, following graduation from Boston Technical High School, Mr. Egan joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a helicopter crew chief during the Korean conflict. He began college studies at Northeastern University in Boston in 1956, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1961. He began his professional career in Honeywell’s Data Processing Division as a design engineer specializing in computer storage systems. In 1963 he undertook graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at the same time joined MIT’s Draper Laboratory as part of the team that developed the Apollo Guidance Computer. Mr. Egan continued his business career while working with Lockheed Electronics, directing his own company Cambridge Memories, Inc., and managing Intel's Commercial Systems Division.

In 1979, Mr. Egan co-founded EMC, starting with six employees, including himself. EMC Enterprise Storage systems, software products, and services are the leading information access and storage solutions for every major computing platform today. In 2000, Industry Week magazine put EMC on their list of the "World’s 100 Best Managed Companies" for the third straight year.

In 2001, Fortune magazine named EMC one of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America." The company employs more than 26,000 worldwide and has manufacturing and design centers in Massachusetts, Colorado, Israel, France and Ireland.

Mr. Egan is a dynamic leader in the educational, business and high-tech communities. He has served as Director of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and Business Roundtable. He is a member of the Governor’s Economic Council in Massachusetts and of the U.S. Department of Commerce Transition Advisory Council. Egan is founder of the Hopkinton Technology for Education Foundation and serves as trustee for the Inner City Scholarship Fund, Northeastern University and the Catholic Schools Foundation. He has received honorary degrees from Northeastern University and the New England Institute of Technology. He is a director of Cognition Corporation, a trustee of the Catholic Schools Foundation, Northeastern University, the Inner City Scholarship Fund, a past Director of the New York Stock Exchange Advisory Board, and member of the Semper Fidelis Society.

Inc. Magazine named him "1994 Master Entrepreneur of the Year" and he has been one of Irish America Magazine’s "Top 100" for the past several years.

In addition to his private sector and high tech leadership, Mr. Egan has been an active member of his community. Mr. Egan's and EMC's major philanthropic activities include improvement of schools and universities, support to health care institutions, and assistance to the community on dozens of other issues.

Released on April 4, 2003

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