William "Bill" T. Coleman III

Technology & Business Services
Telecom & Media
Business Segment
Corporate Private Equity

Bill Coleman is an Operating Executive focused on the global telecommunications, media and technology sectors. From 2016 to 2018, he was Chief Executive Officer of Veritas, the global leader in information management, a Carlyle company where he remains a member of the Board. Under his direction, Veritas transitioned from an on-premises backup and recovery company to a leading multi-cloud data management company, all while delivering significant value for customers and creating meaningful opportunities for Veritas employees.

In 1995, Mr. Coleman founded BEA Systems. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company from its founding through October 2001, during which time BEA became the fastest software company to reach a billion dollars in annual revenue. Following BEA, Mr. Coleman was Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cassatt, Inc., an enterprise cloud software company that was acquired by CA, Inc. in 2009. From 2010 to 2016, he was a Partner with Alsop Louie Partners, an early-stage Silicon Valley venture capital firm. During this time, he was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Resilient Network Systems, a cyber security software company from 2012 to 2013.

Prior to BEA, Mr. Coleman held held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he co-founded Sun Federal; founded Sun Professional Services; and served as Vice President of System Software, where he led the initial development of Solaris and related products. Before Sun, Mr. Coleman co-founded and was Vice President of Engineering at Dest Systems. Prior to that, he was the Director of Product Development at VisiCorp during development of the first spreadsheet, VisiCalc; the first office suite of personal computer applications, the VisiSeries; and the first personal computer window system, VisiOn. He began his career in the U.S. Air Force as Chief of Satellite Operations, Office of the Secretary.   

Mr. Coleman holds a BS in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and master’s degrees in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from University of Colorado, where he founded the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. He is a member of the Board of Seagate Technologies LLC and a Commissioner of the Trilateral Commission.