SANTA CLARA — SAP today announced that Dr. Hasso Plattner, SAP co-founder and chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board, will be honored by the Churchill Club with the Global Benefactor award for 2012. The prestigious award recognizes global leaders with irrepressible vision and positive impact on society. It will be presented by renowned author and advisor Geoffrey Moore and Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board leading Technology and Innovation. Following the presentation, Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and chairman of Wayin, will engage with Plattner in a spirited conversation about talent management, education, innovation and philosophies for personal philanthropy. The 2012 Churchill Awards take place this evening at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif.
Plattner is being recognized in part for his lifelong passion and commitment to education and research in science and technology. He has been instrumental in the development of numerous breakthrough innovations at SAP and elsewhere, most recently with the company’s game-changing in-memory computing platform, SAP HANA.
Plattner founded the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering (HPI) at the University of Potsdam in 1998. He expanded HPI with a “School of Design Thinking” in 2007. Today, nearly 600 students study at HPI, where Plattner lectures and heads the “Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts” research and training department. In 2005, he established the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, which offers a radical new approach to design teaching and design thinking. With his leading engagement in science and education, Plattner aims to enable and prepare the next generation of innovators to tackle and solve the complex, real-world challenges of our time.
Plattner founded two business incubator and venture capital funds under “Hasso Plattner Ventures” to support entrepreneurs and start-up companies in the IT sector. In 2005, he established the HPI Research School, which today has branches in South Africa, Israel and China. In 2010, he established the HPI Future Service Oriented Computing Lab in Potsdam. He also provided significant funding for the expansion of the University of Mannheim library.
Plattner supports science and research in South Africa through the engagement of the Hasso Plattner Foundation, particularly with the University of Cape Town. He made a significant investment in Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa in 2008. Plattner has donated millions to the fight against AIDS and supports education and sports for children in South Africa along with many other social and environmental projects.
“Hasso Plattner is a great teacher of our lives, to me and to countless others,” said Sikka. “His unique combination of knowledge, imagination and conviction drives us to uncompromising excellence. From insisting on grounded reality in our engineering to bringing the ‘beginner’s mind’ to our designs, his instincts have shaped SAP for four decades and continue to inspire our ongoing intellectual renewal.”
“The Churchill Award for Global Benefactor reflects the impact of voluntary, personal contributions to the betterment of society and the world around us,” said Karen Tucker, CEO, Churchill Club. “In keeping with this spirit, we are delighted that the 2012 Global Benefactor Award will be presented to the distinguished and worthy recipient, Dr. Hasso Plattner.”
A Silicon Valley favorite, the annual Churchill Awards aim to inspire others by highlighting excellence in innovation, leadership, collaboration and societal benefit. In addition to Plattner’s Global Benefactor recognition, SpaceX will receive the Game Changer award, Khosla Ventures Founder Vinod Khosla will receive the Legendary Leader award and Box Co-Founders Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith will receive the Magical Team award. In addition, a discretionary award, the Serial Disruptor Award, will be presented to Google. Nominations were submitted by the Churchill Club Academy, a group of 500 distinguished business and technology executives and professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, academics and members of the press. The Academy voted on the entire list of nominations submitted and an internal selection committee reviewed the votes and finalized the top nominees. Churchill Club is Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum.
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