Vinita Gupta

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Vinita Gupta
Born 1949
Delhi, India
Residence United States
Ethnicity Indian
Citizenship American
Education BE (Hons.) in Electronics and Communications Engineering; M.S. in Electrical Engineering
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, University of California Los Angeles
Occupation Founder and chairman of Quick Eagle Networks (previously Digital Link Corporation)
Known for First woman of Indian origin to take her company public in the US
Board member of
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Indian School of Business and Cancer Prevention Institute of California
Spouse(s) Narendra Gupta
Children 2

Vinita Gupta (born 1949) is an Indian-born American businesswoman. She is the founder and chairman of Digital Link Corporation (now Quick Eagle Networks). She is credited with being the first woman of Indian origin to take her company public in the United States.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Gupta was born in 1949 in India and spent her early years in Delhi.[2] In 1973 she earned a bachelor's degree in electronics and communications from the University of Roorkee (now Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee).[2] In 1974 she came to the United States[1] and earned an M.S. in electrical engineering from University of California Los Angeles.[3]

Career[edit]

In her early career, Gupta worked as an engineer for GTE Lenkurt and later held engineering management positions at Bell Northern Research (now part of Nortel Networks).[2]

In May 1985 Gupta founded Digital Link Corporation, a company which engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing, and support of digital wide-area network access products for global networks.[4] The company went public in 1994 and was later renamed as Quick Eagle Networks. Gupta still serves as chairman, chief executive officer and president.[4]

Gupta also serves as chairman of Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute.[1][5] She also serves on the board of Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad[6] and Cancer Prevention Institute of California.[7]

Gupta holds two US Patents, one for a solid state relay issued in 1984[8] and another for a square root circuit issued in 1986.[9]

Honors[edit]

For two consecutive years, Working Woman Magazine has named Digital Link one of the top 500 women-owned businesses in the United States.[10] She was 1999 honoree at Asian Pacific Fund.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Gupta is married to Narendra Gupta, vice chairman and interim president and CEO of Wind River Systems, and co-founder of Integrated Systems.[12] Gupta has two daughters.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Vinita Gupta / Global Entrepreneurship Program". gepcon.org. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hirahara, Naomi (2003). Distinguished Asian American business leaders. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 242. ISBN 9781573563444. 
  3. ^ "Vinita Gupt: Executive Profile & Biography – BusinessWeek". investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Quick Eagle Networks, Inc.: Private Company Information – BusinessWeek". investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Boards of Directors & Community Board of Trustees". Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "ISB Governing board". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cancer Prevention Institute of California Board of Trustees". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Solid state relay". Canadian Patent Publication. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Square root circuit". US Patent Publication. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Digital Link CEO Recognized by Two Major Business Publications for Achievements as an Influential Businesswoman". Business Wire. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "1999 Honoree – Vinita Gupta | Asian Pacific Fund". asianpacificfund.org. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Desmarais, Martin. "Soaring with Quick Eagle". Retrieved 27 June 2011.