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Aart de Geus wins 2011 David Packard Award

Synopsys CEO to accept Joint Venture’s highest service award at State of the Valley conference

SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 13, 2011 – Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network announced today that Aart de Geus, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Synopsys and a longtime community leader, is the recipient of the 2011 David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship.

The Packard Award is Joint Venture’s highest honor, presented annually to an individual who brings an entrepreneurial, cross-boundary, problem-solving approach to Silicon Valley’s challenges. Recipients embody the spirit of David Packard, Silicon Valley’s legendary pioneer who set the highest standard for civic engagement.

“Aart de Geus’ unwavering commitment and service to our region, particularly in the area of education, made him the unanimous choice of the Packard Award jury,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture. “His willingness to step outside his corporate role to tackle difficult community problems has resulted in tangible benefits to the Valley, and inspired all of us. ”

"Aart de Geus is Silicon Valley's true 'Renaissance Man'," said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino, who will present the award to de Geus at the annual State of the Valley conference on February 18 in San Jose. "He is co-founder and CEO of Synopsys, is fluent in five languages, plays bass guitar, paints, is a husband and father - and still invests time in our community.

“Aart is especially passionate about public education, economic competitiveness and affordable homes, all of which he has championed during his ten-year tenure on the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Board of Directors."

Based in Mountain View, Synopsys offers software and intellectual property for semiconductor design and manufacturing. De Geus co-founded the company in 1986 and has expanded it to a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA). With 25 published papers and numerous industry honors, de Geus has long been considered one of the world’s leading experts on logic simulation and logic synthesis.

Previous David Packard Award honorees include Richard M. Levy (2010), Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. (2009), William F. Miller (2008), Eric Benhamou (2007) and Bruce Chizen (2006).

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