HTC Names New Chairman, Vice Chairman & Operations Director

The Houston Technology Center (HTC) is proud to announce the appointment of Rod Canion as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Scott Caven as Vice Chairman of the Board and the promotion of Aruna Viswanathan to Operations Director.

Canion, who has been a leading figure in the technology industry since co-founding Compaq Computer Corp. in 1982 and serving as its Chief Executive Officer through a decade of unprecedented growth, will serve a two-year term as Chairman of the HTC board. During his tenure as CEO, Compaq set records for the largest first-year sales in the history of American business and reached the Fortune 500 and the $1 billion revenue mark faster than any other company. A founding member of HTC’s Board of Directors, Canion succeeds Lloyd M. Bentsen III, who served as chairman since 1999. Canion will oversee efforts to ensure diversified participation in HTC programs and will lead the strategic direction of HTC. Canion is currently Chairman of Questia Media, Inc., which provides the world’s largest online library of liberal arts books and journal articles for high school and college students doing research.

Scott Caven, who was Vice President and Regional Manager of the Houston office of Goldman, Sachs & Co. for 26 years, will serve in the newly created position of Vice Chairman of HTC’s board for two years. He will be responsible for guidance and assistance in providing sustainable financial viability of HTC.  He also will identify sources of expanded funding.  Currently, Caven is Managing Director and Regional Manager of Atlantic Trust Company.  Caven’s primary duties have included overseeing the firm’s client service and new business efforts for the Texas region.

Aruna Viswanathan, who previously led the admission of companies developing software and engineering hardware technologies, is HTC’s new Director of Operations. She oversees the business development team, which provides business guidance to Client Companies and acts as a business advisor to help them be successful. Viswanathan also will streamline HTC business processes. Since joining HTC in 2001, she has worked with more than 30 clients in the areas of business development, raising capital, implementing strategic marketing and building management teams. She formerly worked for Motorola’s wireless subscriber signal processing division and also was employed by two successful software start-up companies.