Charles M. Sander

Charles M. Sander

B.S. EE 1978
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Managed Methods

Charles M. Sander is an innovator and entrepreneur in the IT industry, and his work in hard drive development was instrumental in the creation of laptop computers. He currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Managed Methods, a cyber security software startup based in Boulder, Colorado.

Sander graduated with his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He began his career as a design engineer in computer hard drives for StorageTek, now known as Oracle.

In 1983, he joined his first startup, MiniScribe, where he was tasked with creating a miniature hard drive to fit inside the personal computer. He held numerous positions within the company, eventually becoming general manager of the high performance products division.

In 1989, Sander joined startup Conner Peripherals, where he further miniaturized hard drive technology and increased storage density. This work directly contributed to the development of laptop and notebook computers. As senior vice president of product development, he helped Conner Peripherals become the fastest company ever to reach the Fortune 500. The company merged with Seagate Technology in 1996, where Sander continued in the same role.

Eager to return to his entrepreneurial roots, Sander left Seagate to start Confio Software in 2004 and served as CEO and chairman of the board. Confio’s line of database performance management products quickly led the company to success. In 2013, it was acquired by the Austin-based company SolarWinds.

Sander then began his current role as CEO and chairman of Managed Methods, which provides enterprises with secure access to the cloud while preventing data breaches.

Sander serves on the Cockrell School’s Engineering Advisory Board. He and his wife Leann reside in Boulder, Colorado, and also enjoy their home on the Big Island of Hawaii.