Howard Mirowitz has over 30 years of experience assisting enterprises with formulation and execution of growth strategies and management of new product development. He also works with private equity investors in identifying, evaluating and closing investments in distressed and undervalued high-tech businesses.
Howard co-managed Mitsubishi Electric’s U.S. high-tech business incubator, creating several new businesses, including the first Internet-capable smart phones with Web browsers, which AT&T Wireless launched at the SuperBowl; the first Internet Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) software tools for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications; and the first digital pay-TV system for hotels, commercialized by On Command Video. The incubator also seed-funded OpenWave, which had a successful IPO. Prior to this, Howard led advanced product planning in Mitsubishi's U.S. Information Systems Group; and he supervised product marketing in Mitsubishi's U.S. Computer Division, where he launched several new products that achieved leading U.S. market shares and started a U.S. personal computer factory.
At Western Digital, Howard's plan for entering the imaging business resulted in the acquisition of Paradise Systems, which subsequently achieved the #1 share of the personal computer display controller market. Earlier in his career, Howard headed market research and planning at Microdata Corporation and led the Philadelphia information systems consulting practice for Deloitte & Touche.
Howard is very active in community and charitable causes in Orange County, and has been honored with the Volunteer of the Year award from OneOC, which recognizes excellence in non-profit lay leadership in the County. He has served as Co-Chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee and as Co-Chair of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Measure A Community Oversight Committee; he is past Board Chair of the Mental Health Association of Orange County and has been a Board Advisor to the Illumination Foundation since its inception.
Howard received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught New Product Development at the University of California-Irvine (UCI) MBA program and currently teaches occasional courses in UCI Extension’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.