Eric Benhamou has enjoyed a meteoric career creating and growing high technology companies. A name synonymous with Palm, 3 Com, Bridgecom, Cypress and Real Networks, Benhamou's companies are leaders in almost all aspects of the world of technology. Having spent nearly 30 years building or running high technology companies, Mr. Benhamou has a long history of figuring out what customers really want and building companies and products that serve those markets. He’s been the featured speaker at the Conference on Education Technology, IDC, the Jordan IT Forum, INET: The Internet Global Summit; and Davos World Economic Forum where he joined other technology industry titans, including Michael Dell, chief of Dell Computer, Nobuyuki Idei, of Sony, and Paul Jacobs, of Qualcomm.
Firing the Engine of the New Economy: Making Innovation a Core Company Value
Innovation is a hallmark of leading companies as they change the game in order to stay ahead of the competition. Many think of innovation in terms of breakthrough discoveries and fortunate accidents rather than as the result of a focused effort to introduce new ideas and ways of doing business. Mr. Benhamou teaches audiences that successful innovation is not an event; rather it occurs 24/7 enabling companies to keep pace. Drawing from his extensive experience, Mr. Benhamou recognizes that companies lose ground when the pace of change outside the company is greater than the pace of change within the company, and that innovating effectively requires concentrating on gaining the right structure, focusing on interdependencies, targeting the right capabilities and making it happen. Companies that follow this course make innovation a sustained and perpetual part of their management and operational disciplines.
Strategic Convergence: The Path To Sustainable Profits
In this speech, Mr. Benhamou discusses the problems companies face as they travel the rocky and lonely path from start-up to Fortune 500. Drawing on his experience, he traces the transitions which force leaders to fight and win internal battles against bureaucracies and politicking, along with external forces that would have them run their companies to satisfy the financial community's obsession with ever-increasing quarterly profits. Identifying the corruptive forces that destroy a start-ups spirit, Mr. Benhamou offers the tools and solutions needed to create effective organizational structure. As Mr. Benhamou points out, visionary leaders build companies that communicate, cooperate and collaborate. They share values, vision and mission with their organization and its customers. They create purpose-driven organizations that achieve goals, meet objectives and provide satisfaction for owners, employees and customers alike.
Improving Business Performance through Information Technology
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. Mr. Benhamou is Chairman and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures, LLCChairman of the Board of Directors of 3Com Corporation, Palm, Inc. and Cypress Semiconductor.
Well-Known in the Business Technology World
Mr. Benhamou has been listed in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Most Powerful People” and has been awarded many accolades throughout his career, including the Foreign Investor Jubilee Award from former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his appointment to the U.S. President’s Technology Advisory Committee by Bill Clinton. Mr. Benhamou serves on a variety of boards, such as the non-profit Smart Valley Inc. which helps Silicon Valley schools and industries benefit from the new networks. Mr. Benhamou also serves on the executive committee of TechNet and the Computer Science and Technology Board (CSTB). He is a member of the board of directors of RealNetworks, Inc. and of Silicon Valley Bancshares.