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Hock Tan Receives WITSA Eminent Persons Award

Recipients of the Eminent Persons Award are leaders in their fields

Hock Tan, Broadcom’s president and CEO, was honored with the Eminent Person Award from the World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA). This is WITSA’s highest award and since its creation in 2010, has recognized individuals who have made significant contributions to the lives of others. It is presented annually at the World Congress on Innovation & Technology (WCIT), a prestigious global technology event, which this year occurred in Mr. Tan’s birth country of Malaysia. 

Recipients of the Eminent Person Award are leaders in their fields – technological or otherwise – who have made a profound positive difference in the lives of others. WITSA recognized Mr. Tan not only for his tremendous leadership of Broadcom, which has made groundbreaking technology advances and has become one of the leading infrastructure technology companies in the world during his tenure, but also for his philanthropic efforts. These include his support of the Broadcom Foundation, which funds STEM education programs for students globally, and his longtime commitment to fund neurodiversity research to improve the work-life of disabled young adults. 

Mr. Tan is in prestigious company as an honoree, with past award recipients including:

  • Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa,
  • Dr. Vinton Cerf and Dr. Bob Khan, co-fathers of the Internet
  • The Honorable Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
  • Smartphone pioneer Mike Lazaridis

In accepting the award, Mr. Tan stated: “I am humbled by this recognition. For all of the good fortune that I’ve had, and all of the great work that we have done at Broadcom over the last 15-plus years, I am most proud of the positive impact we’ve made on the lives of so many. While there are many career milestones I could speak to today, it is giving back to others that stands out – and which continues to motivate me every day.” 

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