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Five Questions For Doug Rademacher, former CIO of American Power Conversion

Rademacher spent 16 years at APC, the last three as CIO. But the father of three is about to make a big career change, pursuing a long-time desire to become a teacher.

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Doug Rademacher
former CIO of American Power Conversion
Interview by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Doug Rademacher, former CIO of American Power Conversion -- Photograph by Mark Ostow

Photograph by Mark Ostow


Light Within
"The job I was doing as CIO wasn't my passion, and I wanted to live my passion. There's a critical need for math and science teachers, especially in Rhode Island. What could be better than turning the light bulb on in kids' heads?"


All In The Family
Rademacher's wife, Cindy, also had a stint as APC's CIO, from 1992 to 1996. They've been married 15 years, and she's founder of a Montessori school in Rhode Island, where she still volunteers.


Low-Tech House
Despite their common tech backgrounds, neither Rademacher is a gadget freak at home. "I don't have an iPod, and we just broke down and bought a new video camera. Our other one was 8 years old."


Next Gen
Rademacher's 10-year-old son taught himself how to program in Basic on a hand-me-down Apple II from his grandfather, and now he's teaching himself Java on a PC. "Even if you don't become a tech pro, learning to program focuses you to think more logically," dad says.


No Littering
Like his mother, a professional artist, Rademacher enjoys painting in watercolors, mostly landscapes. Just don't let him catch you littering on his real-life vistas. "I hate people emptying their car ashtrays out the window. It shows such a lack of respect."

About the Author(s)

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Senior Writer, InformationWeek

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee is a former editor for InformationWeek.

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