Wipro announced the appointment of Dr. Patrick J. Ennis, a widely respected technologist and venture capitalist, to its Board of Directors, effective, April 1.
Ennis will serve as an independent member on the Board and will bring a wealth of experience to Wipro, having spent over twenty five years as an educator, inventor, scientist, and venture capitalist.
He is currently the Global Head of Technology at Intellectual Ventures, a privately-held invention capital company, where he invests in innovation and technology commercialization world-wide. Ennis is part of the senior team that built and runs an international open innovation network consisting of an invention community of more than 10,000 members.
Welcoming Ennis to the Board, Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited said, ‘’He brings in a unique combination of scientific curiosity, an in-depth understanding of the startup eco-system and business insights. I am confident Wipro will immensely benefit from his wide experience.”
Commenting on his appointment Ennis said, “I am delighted and honored to be invited to join the Board of Wipro, a company with a rich heritage of technology and innovation. Wipro is one of the most trusted brands in the global IT industry and I look forward to contributing to the company’s next phase of growth.”
Previously, Ennis was Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners where he funded and built startups in a wide range of markets and technologies. Earlier in his career, he worked at AT&T, Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. He has served on numerous corporate, educational, and non-profit Boards.
Ennis holds a PhD, MS, and MPhil in Physics from Yale University; an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; and a BS in Mathematics and Physics from the College of William and Mary.