Eli Harari Founder, Chairman & CEO, SanDisk Corporation

Eli Harari
Founder, Chairman & CEO, SanDisk Corporation

Eli Harari has served as CEO of SanDisk since the company's founding in 1988, and has built SanDisk into the global leader in flash memory cards, with revenues of $3.57 billion in 2009. A pioneering leader in both technology and business, Harari holds more than 100 U.S. and international patents in non-volatile semiconductor devices. Under Harari, SanDisk has grown into a major international retail brand, serving customers through more than 240,000 retail storefronts worldwide.

From 1973 to 1983, Harari held research and management positions with Hughes Microelectronics Ltd., Honeywell Inc. and Intel Corporation. In 1983, he founded Waferscale Integration Inc., serving as the company's president and chief executive officer until 1986 and as chairman and chief technical officer until 1988.

Along with SanDisk co-founders Sanjay Mehrotra and Jack Yuan, Harari received the 2006 Reynold B. Johnson Data Storage Device Technology Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2008 he received the Global Semiconductor Alliance's Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, and in 2009 he received the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal recognizing his "leadership in the development and commercialization of flash memory technology."

Harari holds a Ph.D. in solid state sciences from Princeton University and a B.S. in physics with honors from Manchester University.

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