Oct 9, 2010

#BDS: Meet HP's new chief

Computer giant's new CEO Léo Apotheker studied in Jerusalem, loves hummus, speaks fluent Hebrew

Léo Apotheker, computer giant Hewlett-Packard's new CEO, announced that he will begin his tenure with an "eavesdropping campaign," so that he can get familiarized with the company.

However, when Apotheker visits HP's largest software development center, located in Yehud, or the company's laboratories at the Technion, he will not need a translator to help him out, as he is fluent in Hebrew, as well as in English, German, French and Dutch. 

Apotheker is a Jew who made aliyah when he was 18-years-old, and has a bachelor's degree in economics and international relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Apotheker's parents escaped Poland after the Nazi invasion. At the end of the war, they settled in Germany, where Léo was born in 1953. Later on, his family moved to Antwerp, Belgium.

At 18-years-old, young Apotheker moved to Israel, studied at Jerusalem's Hebrew University and worked at the Bank of Israel after completing his studies.

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