Lessons in Leadership with Eric Benhamou



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    Program Overview

    The evening promises to bring it all together: rich content, wine and cheese and ample time to network with other attendees and guests.

    The landscape of the Valley has made a major transition over the last several years. Today’s entrepreneur is wiser. While the entrepreneurs of the late 90’s focused on Buzz and Spin, the true leaders of the Valley continued to focus on the key elements of moving their company forward. Our community and the valley have taken notice. They too want to know how to take their company to the threshold of greatness. And once there, they want to know what the steps are to maintain their visibility and importance as part of the technology ecosystem. Leadership, Management, and Strategy – what do these words really mean? How do they impact or drive long term viability? The Lesson's in Leadership series will provide the insight and inspiration our members are seeking.

    Early feedback has been very positive and we expect a standing room only crowd.


    Speaker:Eric Benhamou


    Interview hosted by: Andreas Kluth, Journalist, The Economist

    Eric Benhamou's professional and personal accomplishments center on the creation and intelligent deployment of information technology towards improving the performance of businesses and non-profits and the quality of life of individuals around the world.

    Eric Benhamou is chairman and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC. Benhamou Global Ventures, started in 2003, invests and plays an active role in innovative high tech firms throughout the world. Mr. Benhamou is also the chairman of the board of directors of 3Com Corporation and palmOne, Inc. He served as chief executive officer of Palm, Inc. from October 2001 until October 2003. Benhamou served as chief executive officer of 3Com Corporation from September 1990 until December 31, 2000.

    In 1981, Mr. Benhamou co-founded Bridge Communications, an early networking pioneer, and was vice president of engineering until its merger with 3Com in 1987. Before joining Bridge Communications, he worked four years at Zilog, Inc., serving as project manager, software engineering manager and design engineer.

    In 2003, Mr. Benhamou was appointed to the Joint High Level Advisory Panel of the U.S.- Israel Science and Technology Commission by U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. In 1997, former President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Benhamou to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee which advises the President on research and development focal points of federal programs to maintain United States leadership in advanced computing and communications technologies and their applications.

    In 1998, Mr. Benhamou was recognized by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the Foreign Investor Jubilee Award. That same year, Benhamou received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which pays homage to the immigrant experience, as well as individual achievement to U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. In 1998, he became a Fellow of the International Engineering Consortium. He is a graduate of the American Leadership Forum, which seeks to revitalize leadership within communities across the nation. In 1997, Benhamou received the Medaille Nessim Habif from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Paris. In 1992, he received the President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award, the United States' highest environmental award.

    Mr. Benhamou currently serves as chairman of the board of Cypress Semiconductor and as a member of the board of directors of RealNetworks, Inc and of Silicon Valley Bancshares. He serves on the board of directors of privately held companies, Intransa, Atrica, Swan Labs and GO Networks. He serves on the board of the New America Foundation, a Washington DC-based think tank. Mr. Benhamou serves on the executive committee of TechNet. He also serves on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), and on the Markle Task Force on Information Security. In addition, he serves on the boards of the INSEAD School of Business, the Stanford University School of Engineering and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He is the chairman of the Israel Venture Network, a venture philanthropy organization for a stronger Israeli society.

    Mr. Benhamou, 49, holds honorary doctoral degrees from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Widener University, Western Governors University and the University of South Carolina. He has a Master of Science degree from Stanford University's School of Engineering and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Paris.

    Andreas Kluth has been writing for The Economist for eight years. For the past year and a half, he has been the San Francisco correspondent, covering mostly technology but also anything else that one comes across in this time zone. In his previous beat, Andreas was based in Hong Kong for four years, where he covered China and Southeast Asia, mostly for the finance and business sections. Before that, he was in London, covering finance globally.

    Before he joined The Economist, Andreas was an investment banker for two years at JPMorgan in London, which he hated thoroughly. Andreas has a bachelor's degree from Williams College in Massachussetts, and a master's degree from the London School of Economics. He grew up in Germany, but has mostly moved around all of his life.


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    6:30- 7:00 Registration and Networking

    7:00-9:00pm Program


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    Building D

    3410 Hillview Avenue

    Palo Alto, CA 94304



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