Retail guru becomes TNMOC Trustee

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A highly respected International Leader and technology innovator who has headed up companies across the world has been appointed as a trustee of The National Museum of Computing.

Bob Willett, a technology evangelist in the retail and connected technology industries, advises many of the world's retail operators on strategy. He holds many international posts including the Chairmanship of Occa Home, MetaPack and Eagle Eye in Europe, Reunify in the USA, as well as Directorships of Lighthaus Logic in Canada and Mobile World in Vietnam. He is also an adviser to Sabanci Holdings the parent company of Teknosa and Carrefour, the dominant electronics and food retailers in Turkey.

Bob Willet's previous roles include leading the very successful development of the BestBuy Mobile phone business in the US and Chairmanship of BestBuy's partnership with Carphone Warehouse in Europe. He was also the Global Managing Partner of Andersen Consulting / Accenture's Retail Practice and a member of its Management Committee until his retirement .

In welcoming Bob Willett to the Board of Trustees, TNMOC Chairman Tim Reynolds said: "We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such a successful and experienced entrepreneur on our Board. Bob's wisdom, experience and insight will be a tremendous asset as The National Museum of Computing steps up its development boosted by the £1 million matching funding pledge made in the latter part of last year."

Bob Willett said "I first visited The National Museum of Computing with Sir Charles Dunstone when he opened the new Software Gallery last spring and was astonished by how much had been achieved by highly motivated staff and volunteers with such very modest budgets. Throughout the Museum are working machines representing so much of the history of IT in retail and many other sectors. I look forward to playing a part in developing this outstanding museum as a key educational asset and inspiration for young computer scientists and engineers of the future."

About The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

A recent pledge by an individual benefactor of £1 million if matched funding is found means that every pound or dollar donated to the Museum will count double. Previous funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, Google UK, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, and 4Links.

The whole Museum is currently open to the public on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon, spring and summer Bank Holidays and increasingly during school holidays. Colossus and Tunny galleries are open almost every day. Guided tours are available at 2.30pm on Tuesdays. There are often additional opening times for the public -- see the website or the iPhone app for updates. Educational and corporate groups are very welcome and may be on any day or evening by prior arrangement.

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also now available from the iPhone App Store.

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