By Amelia Spring
Are you in FBLA? Do you want to go into business when you are older? One person you might want to emulate is Dennis Woodside, a Council Rock North graduate and the current chief operations officer of online storage giant Dropbox.
Woodside was born in 1969 and attended Council Rock High School. At CR he played football and was the secretary for the National Honor Society and an officer for the class of ‘87.
After graduating high school, he attended Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial relations. He then earned his law degree from Stanford Law School. His interest in the law and its connection to business led him to a job as a mergers and acquisitions attorney at the law firm of Munger, Tolles, & Olson. Afterwards, he was the associate Principal at McKinsey and Company, a management consulting firm, for five and a half years.
He then held several important positions at search giant Google, including head of ad sales in America. He then went on to become the CEO of Motorola Mobility for two years, and then took the position of COO of Dropbox, a company that handles online file storage.
Never one to be static for too long, Woodside has also completed seven Ironman triathlons and is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross. He is married and has two children and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Woodside is obviously an accomplished individual; he has been COO of Dropbox for three years and possibly many more to come. He serves as an excellent example of one career path young business students can follow and reminds us all that Council Rock is often an important stepping stone towards the achievement of our dreams.