Santa Clara, California (October 4, 2012) – Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL) today announced that Weili Dai, co-founder of the company, was honored by Upwardly Global, a nonprofit dedicated to helping immigrant, refugee and asylee professionals rebuild their careers in the United States, at their Passport to Possibilities Awards Gala at the Fairmont San Francisco. Ms. Dai received the Outstanding Leadership Award for her entrepreneurial achievements, as well as her commitment to advancing the promise of an interdependent world and global economy.
“As an immigrant from Shanghai to San Francisco and an entrepreneur, I am greatly humbled and thankful to receive the Upwardly Global Outstanding Leadership Award because it demonstrates the endless possibilities and opportunities that our great nation holds for all people, regardless of where one was born, to develop their natural talents and become leaders in the global economy. As a long-time resident of the Bay Area, I can personally attest that immigration is fully embraced here resulting in an amazing talent pool that has established it as the home to the world’s greatest technology companies, universities and advanced research laboratories contained in a 50-mile radius,” said Ms. Dai. “The disruptive ideas and cutting-edge technologies coming out of the Silicon Valley have fueled the global economy and greatly benefited society at large. I am very grateful for being a part of this exciting and game-changing environment and will remain committed to providing the same opportunities that I have received to others so that together we can make our nation stronger and more competitive than ever.”
Ms. Dai is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world today. Widely considered a technology visionary, she is the only woman co-founder of a global semiconductor company, and since it began in 1995, she has helped Marvell’s rise to become one of the top semiconductor companies in the world. Ms. Dai’s business acumen, strategic thinking, product leadership, endless passion and personal network have contributed greatly to Marvell’s fast rise to success. Her close relationship with her customers and the foundation of the trust shared with them has given her a strong reputation for professionalism and integrity throughout the technology industry.
Ms. Dai has also become a driving force in expanding access to technology in the developing world and an ambassador of opportunity between the US and China, particularly in the arenas of education and green technology. Ms. Dai has become a powerful advocate for the better use of technology to improve the human condition. For her contributions to technology and society, Newsweek named Ms. Dai one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World” and was recently profiled by CNN International for the Leading Women Series: Leading the Female Tech Charge. Additionally, Forbes Magazine lists Ms. Dai as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”
Ms. Dai is a member of the executive committee for TechNet and Bay Area Council; sits on the board of the disaster relief organization, Give2Asia; and was named to the prestigious Committee of 100, an organization representing the most-influential Chinese Americans. Celebrated as the glue behind her company, family and community, Ms. Dai is the proud mother of two sons who are Electrical Engineering graduate students at UC Berkeley; Christopher and Nicholas are currently Ph.D candidates
“Weili Dai has been a passionate advocate in establishing a truly global workforce that creates opportunities for skilled employees, regardless of their nationality,” said Nikki Cicerani, national executive director of Upwardly Global. “Ms. Dai not only personally exemplifies the mission of Upwardly Global, but has worked tirelessly to ensure others have the same opportunities she had to succeed. We are proud to present her with the award for outstanding leadership and look forward to continuing our work together.”
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions. Marvell’s diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure, including enterprise, metro, home and storage networking. As used in this release, the term “Marvell” refers to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit Marvell.com.