Ellen M. Hancock served as the President of Jazz Technologies, Inc and President and Chief Operating Officer of its predecessor Acquicor Technology Inc from August 2005 to June 2007. Prior to its merger with Jazz Semiconductor Inc., a wafer foundry, in February 2007, Jazz Technologies (then known as Acquicor) was a blank check company formed for the purpose of acquiring businesses in the technology, multimedia and networking sector.
Ellen M. Hancock is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Communications, a leader in complex Internet hosting and managed services. She joined Exodus in March 1998 and served as chairman from June 2000 to September 2001, Chief Executive Officer from September 1998 to September 2001 and president from March 1998 to June 2000.
Hancock was with IBM for 29 years, serving in various staff and line executive positions. She was appointed an IBM vice president in 1985 and senior vice president in 1992. Her last position was as Senior Vice
President and group executive, responsible for the networking hardware division, the networking software division, and the software solutions division. She was also a member of the IBM Corporate Executive committee and the IBM Worldwide Management Council.
Following IBM, Hancock joined National Semiconductor in September 1995 as an executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer in the office of the president reporting to the CEO. Hancock was responsible for the company’s technology, applications, and product development.
Hancock also served with Apple Computer in 1996 as Executive Vice President, R&D and Chief Technology Officer. She was responsible for research, quality and assurance, OS development, multimedia and networking software development, as well as overall technical strategy.
Hancock is a member of the boards of directors of Colgate Palmolive and Aetna. She was on the boards of Watchguard. Jazz,and EDS. She is chairman of the board of trustees of Marist College and on the board of Santa Clara University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Committee of 200 (Women Executives) and on the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Council and Springboard. She is on an advisory board of the RAND corporation.
She is a graduate of the mathematics program at the College of New Rochelle, holds a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Fordham University, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the State University of Western Connecticut.