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GABA Award of Excellence 2016

Margit Wennmachers
Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Margit Wennmachers

Margit Wennmachers is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a preeminent Silicon Valley venture capital firm with investments in marquee companies such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Airbnb, and Quirky. Best known for her ability to create market-leading brands, Margit is a16z's chief marketer advising the firm and entrepreneurs on their communications and marketing strategies. An entrepreneur herself, in 1997, Margit cofounded the leading marketing and communications firm, The OutCast Agency, who today partners with leaders and disruptors like American Express, Box, Instragram, Jawbone, Sephora, Starwood, Facebook, and more. She has been in technology marketing for 20+ years, is a mentor to countless individuals in the technology and marketing industries, and serves on the board of the World Affairs Council.

GABA Award History

Hasso Plattner The 2015 GABA Award winner was Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner. He 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.

Sebastian Thrun 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.

Andreas Bechtolsheim Gerhard Casper In 2013 we honored Andreas Bechtolsheim, Arista Networks, Inc with the GABA 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 Award in Education/Research.