B.S. '68, Chemical Engineering Half Moon Bay, Calif.
After college, Ken Jones served in the United States Navy from 1968-72. He was a deck officer on the USS Forrest Sherman and was
Executive Officer of the USS Tatnuck, a fleet tug. His final assignment was Commanding Officer of the USS Flagstaff, the Navy’s first operational hydrofoil.
Jones started at Touche Ross
& Co. certified public accountants in San Francisco. Two years later he joined Hills Bros. Coffee as chief financial officer, where he gained substantial
experience in international finance and Latin America. His first entrepreneurial activity began in 1980 when he became CEO of Clausen-Koch Company, a start up refrigerated canned meat company.
The break up of the Bell Telephone system in 1983 triggered Jones’ interest in telecommunications
as a growth industry. He formed Automated Call Processing Corporation (ACP) in 1983, which spawned many of today’s voice response and voicemail applications. It drew the attention of MCI Communications first as an investor and was ultimately sold to MCI in 1990. ACP was an early
adaptor of digital signal processing (DSP) technology and spawned Ditech Communications, which Jones founded in 1990 and took public in 1999. Globe Wireless was also an outgrowth of DSP technology.
Globe Wireless uses a global network of digital high frequency radio stations to provide communications to ships at sea.
He is president of the Cabrillo Unified School District Governing Board, which serves the coast-side south of San Francisco.