Dorothy Terrell

Ms. Terrell is the former President & CEO of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). Ms. Terrell’s career also includes leadership roles in three premier technology firms, most recently NMS Communications. Formerly Natural Microsystems Inc., NMS is a pioneer in the delivery of innovative voice, video, and data services for wireless and wireline networks.

At NMS, Ms. Terrell served concurrently as President, Platforms & Services Group and SVP, Worldwide Sales. In this dual role, she restructured and refocused the business to move from an operating loss to profitability despite the economic slowdown, and building on her previous success in establishing solution selling and channel distribution, she drove year over year revenue growth.

Prior to joining NMS, Ms. Terrell was a Corporate Officer at Sun Microsystems Inc. As President of SunExpress, the company’s aftermarketing and on-line services business, she set benchmarks for customer satisfaction and asset management, and created a global intelligence system to integrate customer, product, and competitor information. In 1996, she and her team pioneered Sun’s ability to conduct business through electronic commerce.

Ms. Terrell built her technology foundation at Digital Equipment Corporation, where her accomplishments included building a leading edge, concurrent engineering/manufacturing operation that transformed two unproven technologies into high volume products.

Ms. Terrell’s numerous awards include being named one of the “Top 50 Women Line Managers in America” by Executive Female magazine; a “Top Ten Business Marketer” by Business Marketing magazine; and one of “20 Women of Power and Influence in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine. She was also a subject in The Wizards and Their Wonders: Portraits in Computing , an exhibit of The Computer Museum in Boston, and The Enterprising Woman, a book by Mari Florence.