Engineer, Billionaire, and
Chairman and CEO of 3Com Corporation
Eric Benhamou is the chairman of the Board of Directors of 3Com Corporation. He served as chief executive officer of 3Com Corporation from September 1990 until December 31, 2000. Previously, he held a variety of senior management positions in engineering, operations, and management at 3Com.
In 1981, Mr. Benhamou cofounded 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 1992, he received the President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award, the United States' highest environmental award. In 1994, 3Com entered the Fortune 500, with 1993 calendar sales of US$167 million; by fiscal 1999, 3Com had sales of US$5.7 billion.
In 1997, 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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the Foreign Investor Jubilee Award for investments and contributions made by the company in furthering the ongoing development of Israelís economy. 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. He is also a graduate of the American Leadership Forum which seeks to revitalize leadership within communities across the nation.
Mr. Benhamou currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Palm, Inc and chairman of the board of directors for Cypress Semiconductor. He serves on the board of directors for Legato and Atrica as well as the Stanford University School of Engineering board of advisors. He also serves as chairman of Western Governor's University's National Advisory Board. Mr. Benhamou, 45, holds honorary doctoral degrees from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Widener University and the University of South Carolina. He has a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Paris.