William "Bill" T. Coleman III

Industry
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. Previously, from January 2016 until January 2018, he was the CEO of Veritas, the global leader in Information Management, a Carlyle Group company where he remains at a member of the Board of Directors.  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, Bill founded BEA Systems. Bill was Chairman and CEO 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, Bill was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cassatt, Inc. an enterprise cloud software company which was acquired by CA, Inc. in 2009, and was a partner with Alsop Louie Partners, an early stage Silicon Valley venture capital firm, from 2010 until January 2016. During this time, he was also Chairman and CEO of Resilient Network Systems, a cyber security software company from February 2012 until December 2013. Prior to BEA, Bill held held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he co-founded Sun Federal; founded Sun Professional Services; and was VP System Software, where he led the initial development of Solaris and related products.  Before Sun, he co-founded and was VP 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 pc applications, the VisiSeries; and the first personal computer window system, VisiOn.  He began his career in the USAF as chief of satellite operations, Office of the Secretary.   

Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree 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 the University of Colorado, where he founded the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.  He is a member of the board of directors of Seagate Technologies LLC and a Commissioner of the Trilateral Commission.