Visionary internet browser pioneer Mark Andreessen joins HP’s Board

Internet browser pioneer Mark Andreessen, the co-founder and chairman of Ning and the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, has been appointed to serve on HP’s board of directors, the company confirmed on Thursday.

Andreessen will start serving the HP’s board with immediate effect, bringing the total count of the board members to 11.

He has already worked with America Online Inc. as its chief technology officer, and was also co-founder of Netscape Communications Corp., serving in different positions, including chief technology officer and executive VP of products.

Along with this, he was also a co-founder and chairman of Opsware Inc., a company snapped up by HP for $1.6 billion in 2007 to bolster up its software business.

HP’s CEO and chairman Mark Hurd described him as a software pioneer who “helped shape the internet”, and a valuable addition to the company’s board of directors.

“Marc's entrepreneurial background and industry expertise will be a welcome addition to the HP board of directors”, Hurd said in a statement.

Andreessen was better known for co-authoring the first extensively used web browser Mosaic. As of now, he is serving on the boards of some of the most widely popular tech companies of modern times, including Facebook Inc. and eBay Inc.