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Alumni Profile

Major Horton

Major Horton, SM ’87

Senior Vice President and CFO, Nirvanix

  • Implemented the first distributed database for General Motors
  • Attended MIT Sloan on a GM Fellowship awarded to 15 students across the world
  • Serves as Senior Vice President and CFO of Nirvanix, a venture-backed company specializing in cloud computing storage

Major Horton has a passion for improving organizational structures and processes. It led him to implement the first distributed database for General Motors (GM), then to design robotics for automated manufacturing plants, and later to build financial systems for companies like Dell Computers. Now, he's focusing that passion on his latest project, Nirvanix, an IT startup working to bring an emerging technology called cloud storage to the mainstream.

After working in IT and engineering for General Motors, Horton was torn between pursuing a Master of Electrical Engineering Degree or an MBA. Attracted to the breadth of topics and principles covered in a management program, Horton chose MIT Sloan where he could study the technical side of business. Following graduation, he returned to GM as a senior competitive analyst, a position that allowed him to travel the world to juxtapose the company's products and operations against the competition. That experience instilled in Horton a desire to explore different management styles and operational ideologies. “MIT Sloan taught me that companies like GM need to be more customer-centric,” he says. “So I decided to try consulting in order to learn about other business cultures and help them strengthen their focus on clients.”

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