Born and raised in Syria, Samaan Bakar immigrated to the U.S. in 1970. He earned his bachelor of science degree from California Polytechnic Institute San Luis Obispo in 1975, and began his professional career at Borg-Warner Corporation as a member of its Management Training Program.
In 1982, Samaan joined the management team of Western Data Systems, a startup software company in Los Angeles. During his tenure with the company, he was instrumental in driving its growth to become one of the leading aerospace and defense materials requirements planning (MRP) software companies at the time.
Samaan later joined Accenture, where he worked on building a new mid-market business for the aerospace and defense practice. In 1997, he co-founded BBSC, an enterprise software sales and consulting company. The following year he sold BBSC and founded a new startup, Ten Dots, a business intelligence and competitive analysis company based on the Internet subscription model.
Samaan serves on the Board of Trustees of Children Institute, Inc., a Southern Californian nonprofit organization that provides services for at-risk children and families. He enjoys studying the cultures and history of other countries and their impact on how we live today. He travels throughout the world with his family, encouraging them to embrace diversity and experience other cultures.