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Top Silicon Valley Executives elected to The Tech Museum's Board of Directors

Press Release Date 
Friday, June 4, 2010
Four leaders with Silicon Valley's health and technology giants have joined the Board of Directors of The Tech Museum, the valley's foremost science and technology institution. They join the 38-person board, which sets direction, fundraises and provides expertise and advocacy on behalf of the museum. "Our new board members bring broad knowledge and experience, which is of enormous value to the museum and the diverse communities we serve," Peter Friess, museum president, said. "We are delighted that they have joined us to inspire people, inventions and a mind-set that continues to make this region the leading source of science and technology innovation. They add considerable leadership to the museum's renowned board of top thinkers, achievers and game-changers." The new board members are: Terry Austen, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente San Jose. Austen joined Kaiser Permanente in 1998, after 20 years in hospital administration and medical practice management. Austen is charged with the operational responsibility for the 242-bed Kaiser Foundation Hospital-San Jose and oversight responsibility for all services provided to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan members in the San Jose area. He also serves on the boards of San Jose State University Research Foundation, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative. Blair Christie, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Communications, Cisco Systems, Inc. Christie is responsible for leading Cisco's global investor relations, public and media relations, industry analyst relations, employee and executive communications, and Cisco's global studio and Web 2.0/Intranet Strategy teams. She is a board member of the National Investor Relations Institute, and a member of the Arthur Page Society and the Corporate Reputation Management Advisory Council of Drexel University. Phil McKinney, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Personal Systems Group, HP. McKinney is responsible for long-range strategic planning and research and development for HP's PC product lines, including displays, mobile devices, notebook PCs, desktop PCs and workstations. An authority on innovation and its impact on business, the economy and culture, McKinney speaks to worldwide audiences at conferences and through his blog ( and weekly pod. Dubbed "chief seer" by the The San Jose Mercury News, McKinney is a contributing columnist for Forbes and writes the column "The Objective" for Hans Stork, Group Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Silicon Systems Group, Applied Materials, Inc. Stork is responsible for leading the company's strategic roadmap for its semiconductor manufacturing technology. He oversees the integrated development of Applied's products across its broad range of chip fabrication technologies and coordinates the organization's industry and university engagements. Stork is a member of the board of directors for Sokudo Co. Ltd., Applied Materials' joint venture with Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co. Ltd. He is also an IEEE Fellow and a member of the board of the directors for the Semiconductor Research Corp. About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the spirit of Silicon Valley by encouraging the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. CONTACT: Roqua Montez Director Public Relations (408) 795-6225