A former top Compaq Computer Corp. executive has joined Tandem Computer Inc.'s board of directors, and will head a newly formed development committee working on product and marketing strategies.
Gary Stimac is joining Tandem's board of directors on the invitation of Roel Pieper, the company's CEO.
"He contacted me last fall, wanting to get my view and assistance on where they were going [from] a strategy standpoint," Stimac said. "I will be able to review their technology."
Stimac founded Compaq's server and systems business. He retired from the company after 14 years last year, but not before becoming senior vice president and general manager of the Compaq Systems Division.
Key technologies for Tandem will be ServerNet interconnect server clustering technology and the company's Non-Stop computing, he said.
"Those technologies will be the mainstay of server technology for this company," Stimac said.
He does not have any intention of joining Tandem or Cyrix Corp., where he has served on the board of directors since September 1996.
"The two board positions will take up a considerable amount of time," Stimac said. "I am doing part-time consulting to both those companies to assist them on reviewing strategies."
He said he decided to retire from Compaq to spend more time with his family.
As chairman of the development committee, which has an outside set of directors, Stimac will work closely with Pieper to review the $1.9 billion company's strategies, partnerships and technologies.
Prior to joining Compaq, Stimac was with Texas Instruments Inc. for nine years, and was the head of the company's Winchester disk drive development group at the time of his departure.
Tandem, based in Cupertino, Calif., can be reached at www.tandem.com.