Prith Banerjee

Executive VP, CTO, Schneider Electric
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Prith Banerjee is Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric, reporting to the Chairman and CEO. He is responsible for driving innovation and technology differentiation, and coordinating the R&D activities of the company across its five businesses with 11,000 R&D personnel, and a 1.2 billion Euro R&D investment. Previously he was Managing Director of Global Technology R&D at Accenture. Prior, he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB. Dr. Banerjee's former roles have also included that of senior vice president of research at HP and director of HP Labs; Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chairman of ECE at Northwestern University; and professor of ECE at the University of Illinois.

In 2000, Dr. Banerjee founded AccelChip which was sold to Xilinx Inc. in 2006. During 2005-2011, he was Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of BINACHIP. His research interests are in electronic design automation and parallel computing, and he is the author of some 350 research papers. He has also supervised 37 Ph.D. students. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cray and the Technical Advisory Board of Cypress. In the past, he has served on boards for the Anita Borg Institute, the Computer Science Board of the National Academy of Engineering, and the Technical Advisory Boards of Ambit, Atrenta and Calypto. He was listed in the FastCompany list of 100 top business leaders in 2009.

Dr. Banerjee is a fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE and a recipient of the 1996 ASEE Terman Award and the 1987 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. He received a B.Tech. (President's Gold Medalist) in electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.