The rise to power of computer scientists

Want to become CEO of a major technology company? Consider the background of the hot CEOs of the hour:

  • Amazon: Jeff Bezos has a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
  • Apple: Tim Cook got a degree in industrial engineering.
  • Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg studied computer science.
  • Google: Larry Page has a master’s degree in computer science.
  • Microsoft: Satya Nadella has a master’s degree in computer science.
  • Twitter: Dick Costolo has a degree in computer and communication sciences.
  • Yahoo!: Marissa Mayer has a master’s degree in computer science.

My discussions with students suggest that many want a technology or computer science degree as an entry point to higher level jobs. That is, they don’t study computer science in college to become programmers… rather they want the degree to secure leadership positions.

Credit: This posted was inspired by Seb Paquet and Phil Jones.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

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