Eric Benhamou

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Eric Benhamou was the former CEO of 3Com.


Raised in a Jewish family, he left Algeria in 1961 with his parents, who settled in Grenoble, a city where he studied. He continued his studies in Paris and was graduated in engineering from École nationale supérieure d'arts et métiers (Ai. 172). In 1976, at the age of 20, he went to the United States and enrolled at Stanford University. He was graduated with a Master of Science.

Palm computers[edit]

He worked several years at Zilog, a pioneer company in microprocessors, and then created with friends, in 1981, his own company, Bridge Communications, which specialized in computer network technologies. He was vice-president when the company was acquired by 3Com in 1987. Three years later, he became CEO of 3Com, a position he held between September 1990 and December 2000. It is particularly illustrated in 1997 by buying the company U.S. Robotics and developing activities around the Palm Pilot.[1]


Considered an outstanding entrepreneur, he won the Nessim Habif prize in 1997 from École nationale supérieure d'arts et métiers and become the same year a chairman of the Council for information technology of President Bill Clinton. In 1998, he received the Medal of Honor of Ellis Island that rewards most meritorious U.S. immigrants.

After leaving 3Com, he serves on the Boards of Directors at INSEAD, Stanford University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He founded in 2003 his investment firm, Benhamou Global Ventures, and participates on the steering committee of RealNetworks.

He is also president of the foundation American Friends of Arts et Métiers ParisTech.

Current mandates[edit]

  • Chairman of investment firm Benhamou Global Venture
  • Member of executive committee of RealNetworks
  • President of foundation American Friends of Arts et Métiers ParisTech
  • Board member of Directors at INSEAD
  • Board member of Directors at Stanford University

Previous expired mandates[edit]

  • Chairman and CEO of 3Com
  • Chairman of the council for Information Technology of Bill Clinton


  • Nessim Habif Prize 1997
  • Medal of Honor of Ellis Island


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