The Imlay Leadership Award recognizes and celebrates individuals that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of the Georgia high-tech community.
It is named in honor of the late John Imlay, Jr., chairman of Imlay Investments, who is credited with helping create two of Atlanta’s biggest tech industries – software and Internet security.
The 2017 Imlay Leadership Award honored Chris Klaus, founder and former CTO of Internet Security Systems and current CEO of Kaneva. As the 2017 award recipient, Klaus was recognized for founding Internet Security Systems (ISS) in 1994, which was ultimately sold to IBM for $1.3B. Klaus’ other accomplishments include funding of multiple Atlanta business accelerators, as well as a pledged donation that helped create the Christopher W. Klaus Advanced Computing Building on Georgia Tech’s campus.
John Yates led the fireside chat with Chris Klaus
Past recipients of the John Imlay Leadership Award include
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