Prith Banerjee is Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric, reporting to the Chairman and CEO. In this role 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 Research and Development at Accenture. Formerly, he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of ABB, a power and automation company in Zurich, Switzerland. Earlier, he was Senior Vice President of Research at HP and Director of HP Labs. Formerly, he was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly, he was the Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chairman of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University. Prior to that, he was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2000, he founded AccelChip, a developer of products for electronic design automation, which was sold to Xilinx Inc. in 2006. During 2005-2011, he was Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist of BINACHIP Inc., a developer of products in electronic design automation. His research interests are in electronic design automation, and parallel computing, and he is the author of about 350 research papers in journals and conferences. He has also supervised 37 Ph.D. students. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cray, the Technical Advisory Board of Cypress, and the Steering Committee of the Industrial Internet Consortium. In the past, he has served on board 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 and the Most Creative People in Business (MCP1000) in 2014. He 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