The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 25, 2001


Michael Ruettgers to give Memorial Day address

Michael C. Ruettgers, executive chairman of EMC Corporation, the world leader in information storage, will give the address at Carlisle's Memorial Day services this coming Monday, May 28. Ruettgers was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and grew up traveling throughout the world with his father, an Air Force pilot for 20 years. After World War II, the family spent time in Japan and later in Turkey, Germany and England. His father also served in Lebanon in 1956-57.

Ruettgers earned a BS from Idaho State University and received an MBA from Harvard. After graduating, he spent much of his early career with Raytheon, where he played a key role in the Patriot Missile Program. In 1988, he joined EMC, at the time a $125 million information storage company. He was named president in 1989, and promoted to CEO in 1992, leading the company in a decade-long trajectory of accelerating profitable growth. Ruettgers was promoted to executive chairman in January 2001. In January 2001, the Harvard Business Review carried an extensive interview with Ruettgers entitled "Managing for the Next Big Thing," detailing how EMC has successfully anticipated one new technology after another.

He has been named one of the "Best CEOs in America" by Worth magazine; one of the "World's Top 25 Executives" by BusinessWeek; one of the "25 Most Powerful People in Networking" in 2000 by Network World; "CEO of the Year" for 2000 by Massachusetts Investor's Digest, and most recently, Boston's most powerful businessman by Boston Magazine.

Ruettgers and his wife, Maureen, have lived in Carlisle since 1980 and have raised two daughters and a son, all of whom attended Carlisle Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School. Recently, he and his company were recognized for providing equipment and technical support for the networking of Carlisle's Town Hall.

Flag raising and parade

Memorial Day will begin with the raising of the American Flag on the town green at 9:30 a .m. At 10 a.m., the indoor exercises will be held at the Corey Auditorium. Prayers will be said, the school band will play, and Michael Ruettgers will give his address.

The parade, consisting of veterans, town officials, Scout groups, the Carlisle Minuteman Company, clergy and the Carlisle School Band, will form immediately following. Led by perennial Parade Marshal Scott Evans, the parade will proceed to the Green Cemetery, where a wreath will be placed at the grave of William McEvoy, the veteran most recently buried there. The Carlisle Historical Society will open the recently restored Wilson Chapel for visitors during the parade and following the ceremonies at Green Cemetery.

Stops will be made at the Civil War Monument at the rotary, the War Memorials on the Green (where the roll of Carlisle's veterans will be called), and the Revolutionary War memorial near the First Religious Society. The parade will end at the Green, where the flag will be raised to full mast. Juice and cookies will be served for the children outside the school dining room and the annual luncheon will be served by the ladies of the Unitarian Church.

The Celebrations Committee invites all townspeople to participate in this year's celebration. We continue to live in a country where remembering and honoring the sacrifices of others is our duty and privilege.

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