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Electronics company executive

John Alan Young, American electronics company executive.


Young, John Alan was born on April 24, 1932 in Nampa, Idaho, United States. Son of Lloyd Arthur and Karen Eliza (Miller) Young.


He received his BS degree in electrical engineering in 1953 from Oregon State University, later receiving an MBA degree from Stanford University.


He was chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1978 to 1992. He also formerly served as a director of Wells Fargo & Company. Young served in the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant from 1954 to 1956.

In 1958 he joined Hewlett-Packard, rising to the post of vice president in 1968. He was elected executive vice president and a director in 1974. Young succeeded William Hewlett as president of Hewlett-Packard in 1977, receiving the titles of chief operating officer in 1977 and chief executive officer in 1978.

He was elected a director of Chevron in 1985. Upon the merger with Texaco in 2000, he became a director of Chevron Texaco, serving until 2003. Having had a long association with competitiveness issues, he chaired President Reagan's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness and in 1986 founded the Council on Competitiveness, serving as chairman until 1990.

Young served on President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology from 1993 to 2000. Young retired in October 1992 as president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard and was succeeded in both posts by Lewis E. Platt. In 1995 he was elected a director of Novell, serving as acting chairman from August 1996 to April 1997 and as vice chairman until 2001.

In addition to Chevron and Novell, he formerly served on the boards of Wells Fargo & Company, International Integration, Inc., Lucent Technology, Smith Kline Beecham, and Agere Systems.


Chairman annual fund Stanford University, 1966-1973, national chairman corporation gifts, 1973-1977, member of advisory county Graduate School Business, 1967-1973, 75-80, University trustee, 1977-1987. Board directors Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition, 1971-1980, co-chairman, 1983-1985. Chairman President's Commision on Industrial Competitiveness, 1983-1985, National Junior Achievement, 1983-1984.

President Foundation for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Member Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, 1988-1992. With United States Air Force, 1954-1956.

Member National Academy Engineering, Council on Competitiveness (founder, foundingchair computer systems policy project 1986), Business Council (co-chair president committee of adcisors on science & technical since 1993). M C.


Married Rosemary Murray, August 1, 1954. Children: Gregory, Peter, Diana.

Lloyd Arthur Young

Karen Eliza (Miller) Young

Rosemary Murray

Gregory Young

Peter Young

Diana Young