Beveridge, originally from Scotland, attended the University of Edinburgh, earning a B.S. in social science. He followed that with an M.S. in industrial administration from the University of Bradford, England. Additionally, he was given the honor of a C.B.E (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1995.
Beveridge's business background includes stints at Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment Corp. and Analog Devices. In 1985, he joined Sun as vice president of corporate resources, where he stayed until 1991 when he chose to take the position of Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise. In 2000, Beveridge returned to Sun to fill the position of Executive Vice President People and Places and Chief Human Resources Officer. He continues to lead as a board member of multiple corporations outside of Sun, including Autodesk, Memec, and Scottish Equity Partners Ltd.
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