Lifetime Achievement Award

Why this award?

The lifetime achievement award is designed to honor a successful Swiss high-tech entrepreneur, investor and/or innovator.
Winners of such an award can be role models for the younger generation.
For example, in Israel, it has been shown that such success stories encourage university students to want to work at startup companies. 75% of all graduates from Israeli universities want to work in such organizations.

Criteria for this award

  • A successful entrepreneur, investor and/or innovator
  • Somebody who has created many high-tech, high-paying jobs both in Switzerland and internationally
  • Somebody committed to Switzerland
  • An inspiring personality who can serve as a role model
  • Someone committed to reinvesting time and money into growth companies in Switzerland
  • An educator of younger generations

 

Hightech Connect Suisse – 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner!

Daniel Borel

 

Why did we choose Daniel Borel?

A successful entrepreneur, investor and/or innovator

Daniel Borel co-founded Logitech in 1981 and led the company through many ups and downs. He was instrumental in developing the computer mouse business, overseeing the evolution of Logitech’s mice from higher-priced, low-volume speciality products to affordable devices used with virtually every computer and sold to both retail and OEM customers around the world.

Created many high-tech, high-paying jobs in Switzerland and internationally

Logitech employs 9’000 people and has a revenue of more than $2 billion.

Committed to Switzerland

While Logitech operates some key product-marketing functions in Silicon Valley, it has kept its R&D in Switzerland and is highly committed to keeping it this way.

An inspiring personality who can serve as a role model

Daniel’s international background and activities are highly inspiring for others. He has showed that it is possible to start and develop an international IT brand in Switzerland.
He has led Logitech through international expansion and high-volume manufacturing in China and then later on in Eastern Europe. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University in California.

Re-investing time and money into growth companies in Switzerland

He is chairman of the board of SwissUp, a foundation dedicated to excellence in education in Switzerland. He is in close contact with many startups and is open to taking on advisory roles.

Educating and coaching younger generations
see above

Daniel Borel’s biography

One of three founders of Logitech, Daniel Borel served as the company’s chairman of the board from 1988 through to 2007 and as a non-executive member of Logitech’s board of directors until 2015. Mr. Borel co-founded Logitech in 1981 and served as chief executive officer from 1992 to 1998.

During Logitech’s first decade, Mr. Borel was instrumental in developing the computer mouse business, overseeing the evolution of Logitech’s mice from higher-priced, low-volume specialty products to affordable devices that are used with virtually every computer and sold to both retail and OEM customers around the world. He also developed Logitech’s European sales and marketing operations. In addition, Mr. Borel was responsible for establishing the company’s high-volume manufacturing capability in Asia. In 1988, Mr. Borel led Logitech through its initial public floatation on the SWX Swiss Exchange. In 1997 he led the company through its subsequent initial public floatation in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System.

Mr. Borel serves on the board of directors of Nestle S.A. and the board of the Defitech foundation for handicapped people, and is chairman of the board of SwissUp, a foundation dedicated to excellence in education in Switzerland.

Mr. Borel holds a physics degree from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University in California.

Daniel Borel is currently chairman emeritus of Logitech’s board of directors.

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