September 2 - 3, 2020


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Co-Founder/Chairman of the Board, ServiceNow

Fred Luddy, a serial entrepreneur, cofounded ServiceNow in 2004, a few weeks before he turned 50. At the time, Luddy had just lost a nearly $35 million fortune when his previous employer, Peregrine Systems, filed for bankruptcy. His pioneering approach to programming helped him develop the concept of platform as a service in cloud computing, catapulting ServiceNow into a multi-billion dollar company and landing Luddy on the cover of Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 innovators alive. Advised by Sequoia Capital, Luddy turned down a $2.5 billion acquisition offer for ServiceNow in 2011 and took ServiceNow public the next year. Luddy stepped down as CEO in 2011 to serve as chief product officer, a role he held until 2017. In June 2018, he became chairman of ServiceNow’s board. In recognition of his generosity and continued leadership and landmark support of the Indiana University’s (IU) mission, IU trustees named their computing and informatics school in his honor; and it is now known as the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.