Imagination Technologies chief exec Hossein Yassaie given knighthood


Simon Bond

Category: Electronics News, Silicon South West

South West electronics firm Imagination Technologies' chief executive Hossein Yassaie has been awarded a knighthood in the in the Queen's New Year honours.

Sir Hossein, one of the UK's most successful economic migrants, said he was "absolutely delighted and deeply humbled".

He moved to Britain from Iran in 1976 and worked quickly – completing his A levels, a degree in electronics and communications and a subsequent doctorate at Birmingham University within six years.

Sir Hossein, who receives his knighthood for technology and innovation, began his career at Inmos, then STMicroelectronics, before joining Imagination Technologies as chief technology officer in 1992 before being appointed chief executive in June 1998.

Since then he has played a key role in driving Imagination, which is headquartered in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, into a tech giant, a FTSE 250 company worth more than £1 billion that has played a major role in the development of Apple's iPhone 5.

Imagination, which opened a design centre in Bristol in January 2012 with the assistance of Silicon South West, designs and licences key technologies used by the world’s leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies, including Apple, Intel, LG, Samsung and Sony.

'Deeply humbled'

"I am absolutely delighted and deeply humbled to receive such prestigious recognition," Sir Hossein said.

"This distinguished honour means a great deal to me both personally and professionally. I have always wanted to make a real difference by what I do and I see this honour not only as a major recognition for past effort but as a real encouragement for the future.

"I strongly believe success in life also depends on support and commitment from family, friends, work colleagues and business partners. I have been very fortunate in this respect and see this honour as much theirs as mine."