Matthew Szulik, 58, of Boston has always put his family first. Despite building a reputation as one of the most innovative and creative technology entrepreneurs in the world, New Bedford, Massachusetts, native Szulik left his job to care for a family member with Alzheimer’s.
In 2008, after growing the 40-person open source computing company Red Hat into a publicly traded 3,000-person technology giant, Szulik stunned the world by resigning from his CEO position at the peak of his career. Why? He wanted to take care of his father, who then, at age 96, was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Today, six years later, Szulik has joined Cure Alzheimer’s Fund’s board of directors. “Not only does Matt bring incredible experience as our newest board member, but he also has a personal passion for curing this disease,” says Tim Armour, president and CEO, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.
Over his career, Szulik has been recognized by CIO Magazine with its 20/20 Vision Award, named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Networking by Network World and Technologist of the Decade by Computer Review. And he was inducted into the World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. “He is one of those great people who makes things happen, and we’re thrilled to have him on board,” adds Armour.