EMC co-founder Richard Egan passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer. Egan was EMC's Chief Executive Officer until 1992 and Chairman of the Board until 2001. Upon his retirement from EMC, Mr. Egan served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.
"To many of us, Dick Egan was a fundamental force of nature," wrote EMC's Chuck Hollis. "It goes without saying that Dick was the driving force behind EMC in its early years. He was personally responsible not only for our stellar success in the beginning, but shaping our cultural DNA in a way that persists to this very day. Indeed, many aspects of our industry are his direct legacy. He may have passed, but his impact will be felt for many, many years to come."