Richard Li to Speak at Graduation

Atherton, Calif.—One of the world's most successful and visionary technology and communications executives, Richard Li, will deliver the keynote address at Menlo College's Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. Li will be talking to newly minted graduates of the four-year college known for its business focus, most of whom look forward to careers as executives and entrepreneurs in industry and technology. The commencement ceremony will be held on the College's Atherton, Calif., campus, and the public is invited to attend.

The chairman of PCCW Limited, the largest provider of communications services in Hong Kong and one of the Far East's leading innovators in information and communications technologies, Li was instrumental in launching the world's first IPTV service. In four years that business, now TV, quickly overtook the local pay TV monopoly provider and has become the leading pay TV operator in Hong Kong. Li broke into the communications and technology sectors in 1990, when he founded STAR TV, Asia's first satellite broadcasting service. By 1993, STAR was broadcasting to 45 million viewers in 11.3 million homes, across 38 countries. He sold the company to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in 1995.

“Richard Li is not only a highly motivating speaker,” observed Menlo College President Dr. G. Timothy Haight, “but he is also one of the world's most significant and inspirational business leaders. I can't think of anyone more appropriate to speak to our students about current issues in technology, communications and entrepreneurship.”

In addition to overseeing PCCW, Li is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' International Counselors Group and the Global Information Infrastructure Commission.

Established in 1927, Menlo College is celebrating more than 80 years of innovation in education. A private, four-year college in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Menlo offers outstanding academic programs in entrepreneurship, business and management that prepare students to become this nation's leaders in industry and technology. With approximately 700 full-time students from across the nation and the world, as well as a faculty devoted to undergraduate teaching and advising, Menlo provides an exceptional educational experience. Fully one-third of our graduates go on to achieve leading roles in business and industry. Ten percent are corporate presidents, chief executive officers and high-ranking managers in their fields. Menlo College is located at 1000 El Camino Real in Atherton, Calif.