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and two colleagues founded Logitech in 1981. The company’s keyboards and mice became famous worldwide. Having served as its CEO and board chairman, Borel is now chairman emeritus. In 2017, Logitech generated more than 2.5 billion dollars in sales. Born in Neuchâtel, Borel studied physics (EPFL) and computer science (Stanford). Married and the father of three, he now calls California home.
Martin Vetterli ( 61) has been president of EPFL since January of 2017. An electrical engineer, he has studied, worked and conducted research at the EPFL and ETH as well as in the United States at Columbia University, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. His research yielded approximately 50 patents that were of benefit to high-tech companies and startups. He was a co-founder of Ares (later Dartfish), a video analysis firm. From 2013 to 2016, he was the president of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation. A native of Solothurn, he is married and the father of two adult children.