Villanova, PA, April 7, 2015 – Bill Carpou, ’76 VSB, was named President and CEO of the Orange County Technology Action Network (OCTANe.) Carpou will have a vital role in connecting people and resources to drive technology industry growth enabling new company creation and new jobs in Orange County, CA.
"We are delighted to have Bill as the next CEO of OCTANe," commented David Perry, Chairman of OCTANe's board of directors. "He brings a unique combination of high technology, leadership, and investment experience and will complement the team in a very positive way."
Carpou joins OCTANe after an accomplished career, most recently at Kaplan Performance Solutions; as Executive Vice President and Partner at RGIS, a Blackstone portfolio company; Profit Recovery Partners, a privately held professional services firm; and 18 years in a variety of senior executive positions with IKON Office Solutions. Prior to joining IKON Office Solutions, Carpou served as Vice President of Investments for Merrill Lynch in Philadelphia.
"I am very excited to be a part of this team," noted Carpou. "Building the technology ecosystem within this region will have a lasting impact for all of us and our children. By working together, we can leverage the outstanding capabilities within Orange County to ensure that new entrepreneurial companies continue to be formed, existing mid-cap companies continue to grow, and large companies continue to flourish in our regional innovation clusters.”
Carpou served on the board of the Barclay Theatre, on the VSB Dean's Advisory Council and is a member of the Chief Executive Roundtable at the University of California, Irvine.
OCTANe and the OCTANe Foundation for Innovation are focused on the growth and support of high tech businesses enabling new company creation and new jobs. OCTANe LaunchPad provides companies that participate a highly detailed and quantitative evaluation based on predictive analytics of their business plans. LaunchPad's dataset contains thousands of data points on business plan elements gathered from hundreds of companies across all of Southern California high tech industries.
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