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The Tech Museum Announces New Chief Operating Officer<br>Meredith Taylor to Manage Day to Day Operations of San Jose Museum

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 25 July, 2002
The Tech Museum of Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Meredith Taylor to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). An accomplished senior management executive, Taylor joins The Tech with a strong background in operations and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of two start-ups as well as the COO for a customer-focused, experience-driven organization of over 6000 people. Familiar with market trends, operating challenges and financial responsibilities, Taylor has held senior level positions in Finance, Marketing, Product Development and Operations. Taylor brings to The Tech her fierce commitment and success in financial responsibility and operational growth, while maintaining a strict high-level visitor experience. Taylor's expertise also includes developing individuals and teams focused on operational excellence, strategic planning and brand and product positioning. Taylor has over 20 years of executive experience. Understanding Bay Area economic challenges in launching new products and services, Taylor recently served as President and CEO of SeniorSurfers, Inc., a technology education company serving older adults. Previously, she was CEO of gourmet meal retailer, CookExpress.com. The majority of her career has been in positions of increasing responsibility for a national restaurant chain including her tenure as Senior Vice President and COO. "At SeniorSurfers, we focused on enriching the lives of older adults through the use of technology. I'm excited to be at The Tech where the mission is far broader. We educate all ages about the impact technology has on our lives and inspire innovation by providing fun, hands-on learning experiences," said Taylor. In her role as COO, a new position at The Tech, Taylor will oversee all operating departments for the four-year-old museum facility. She will manage the delivery of The Tech's visitor experience and community outreach programs in conjunction with meeting the necessary budgetary requirements for the institution. She will report to Peter Giles, The Tech's President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and assist him on the development of the museum's annual operating plan and strategic plans for the future. Giles will continue to oversee all of The Tech's functions while now being able to focus more attention on strategy and fundraising. Taylor currently resides in Woodside. She is a member and active volunteer of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Taylor holds a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Tech Museum of Innovation is a non-profit educational institution that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. The Tech is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 201 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113-2008. For general information, call (408) 294-TECH or visit www.thetech.org. -30-