Lanham Napier
Rackspace President and CEO Lanham Napier

Rackspace's Lanham Napier speaks at UTSA Oct. 23

By Wendy Frost
Director of Communications, College of Business

(Oct. 21, 2008)--Lanham Napier, president and chief executive officer of Rackspace, will present the keynote address in the UTSA College of Business Frost Distinguished Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in the Richard S. Liu Auditorium in the Business Building on the UTSA 1604 Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Rackspace, founded in 1998, is a world leader in hosting. Delivering enterprise-level managed services to businesses of all sizes and types, Rackspace integrates the industry's best technologies and practices to achieve each customer's specific needs.

Napier joined Rackspace as chief financial officer in April 2000, just a few short months before the technology industry hit rock bottom. He is largely credited by Rackspace's management team with setting the company on its current path to profitability and success.

Serving as chief executive officer since 2006 and president since 2001, Napier has seen the company grow from less than 100 employees to more than 2,000 and from a single data center to eight facilities located in Texas, Washington, D.C., and London.

Immediately after joining Rackspace, Napier recognized that customer service was at the very core of Rackspace's business and helped introduce the "fanatical customer support" culture for which the company is known.

Before his career at Rackspace, Napier worked as an analyst for Merrill Lynch and Co. and served as director for Silver Brands Partners, a San Antonio investment firm. Napier holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Rice University and a M.B.A. from Harvard University.

The Frost Distinguished Lecture Series brings prominent business and community leaders to UTSA to share their knowledge and experiences with students and others in the university and business community. The lecture series, which began in 1988, presents a forum for business leaders and academics to share their experiences in business so that students can broaden their understanding of the business world and the individuals who lead it.

Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 6,000 enrolled students and 37 different graduate and undergraduate business programs. The college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing "Knowledge for a New World."

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