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GABA's award ceremony at the GABA Gala 2015 will honor outstanding achievements in German American business with the GABA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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GABA Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner
Founder of SAP and Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Hasso Plattner

Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner is one of the founders of SAP and has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since May 2003. In this role and as Chief Software Advisor he concentrates on defining the medium and long-term technology strategy of SAP. He also heads the Technology Committee of the SAP Supervisory Board. In 1972 Hasso Plattner and four colleagues left IBM in order to found SAP (Systems, Applications, Products). When SAP went public in 1988 Hasso was appointed Vice Chairman of the Executive Board. From 1997 to May 2003 he was Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of SAP. In May 2003 he was elected to the SAP Supervisory Board and took over the chairmanship from co-founder Dietmar Hopp.

Hasso received his Master's Degree in Communications Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe. In 1990 the University of Saarbruecken awarded him an honorary doctorate and in 1994 he was granted an honorary full professorship. In 1998 he founded the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for IT Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam with the largest single private contribution to a university ever made in Germany. He is a professor at the HPI for enterprise software systems.

GABA Start-Up and Innovation Award 2015

Award Objective

To honor a successful and innovative German-American Start-up.

  • Less than 10 years in business
  • German Company with subsidiary in California or California Company founded by a German
  • Successful can mean: name recognition, external funding, market success, substantial revenues, Innovative /Technology background
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GABA Award History

In 2014 our awardee was Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, a company with the mission to democratize higher education. Previously, he was a Google Fellow and the founder of Google X, and a Stanford professor of computer science and electrical engineering.

In 2013 we honored Andreas Bechtolsheim, Arista Networks, Inc with the GABA Lifetime Achievement Award in Business and Gerhard Casper President Emeritus of Stanford University Professor of Law, Emeritus; Peter and Helen Bing Professor in Undergraduate Education, Emeritus; Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI Stanford) with the GABA Lifetime Achievement Award in Education/Research.