Innovator, entrepreneur and servant leader will be remembered for his legacy of growing Garmin from a start-up company to a global leader in GPS technology
New Delhi: Aviation pioneer and co-founder of Garmin Ltd., Gary Burrell, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81, a statement from the company said. Burrell retired in 2002 and continued to serve as Garmin’s co-chairman until 2004 when he was named Chairman Emeritus.
Burrell co-founded Garmin with Dr. Min Kao in 1989 with the vision of creating products powered by an emerging technology known as the Global Positioning System, or GPS. Thirty years later, Garmin has grown from a handful of engineers into a global location and communication product powerhouse with more than 13,000 associates in 60 offices around the world. Of his many accomplishments, Gary was most proud of the jobs he helped create.
“Gary Burrell has been my friend, mentor and partner for more than 30 years,” Kao said. “His vision, values, engineering skills and commitment to serving our customers have been the foundation for the growth of our company. It has been both a great privilege and a blessing to have known this amazing man and I know his legacy will live on.”
In a career spanning 50 years, Burrell motivated and mentored thousands of employees. Among them was Garmin President and CEO Cliff Pemble, one of Burrell’s first hires. “While Gary will be remembered by many as one of the great entrepreneurs of our age, I will remember the unusual way in which he led our company, something he called servant leadership,” Pemble said. “Whether it was about creating the best product or his behavior as a leader, Gary always considered the impact to others before himself. His example not only inspired my contribution to Garmin, it also positively influenced me as a husband and father. I am forever grateful for the rich and enduring legacy of Gary Burrell.”
Prior to launching Garmin in 1989, Burrell held leadership positions at marine and aviation electronics companies including Lowrance Electronics, King Radio Corporation and AlliedSignal. He is widely regarded as one of the leading innovators of integrated avionics, having designed and developed the first successful NAV/COMM for the general aviation market.
At Garmin, Gary expanded his vision for integration with the GNS 430/530 product family, which combines GPS technology with traditional aviation navigation and communication systems and a color moving map. Gary went on to conceive the G1000 cockpit system which today is operating in thousands of aircraft around the world from small piston powered airplanes through mid-sized business jets. Burrell earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering at Wichita State University and his master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.
Adidas launches Official Match Ball for FIFA 20 Global Series
New Delhi: Global sports apparel giant Adidas and Electronic Arts have unveiled the official match ball for the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series on the road to the FIFA eWorld Cup.
The match ball will debut on pitch during a competitive event at the FUT Champions Cup Stage I in November.
Speaking about the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series, Vice President of Global Brand Communications, Florian Alt said: “With the growth of eSports, we’re seeing a whole new category of athletes emerge, whose game requires a unique set of skills, training and mindset. We are just as committed to helping support their game, through innovative partnerships, specially designed products, as well as physical and mental training tools to help enhance their game.”
For ultimate realism, enhanced ball physics, featured in EA SPORTS FIFA 20, will be on full display with the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 adidas match ball. Enhancing the physical and digital connection even further, the ball will react differently to individual pitch types and stadium locations, such as turf, pristinely kept grounds or ravaged rainy fields. The ball’s shadow will also appear on screen to show the spin.
The adidas EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series ball is available now and can be unlocked via FIFA Ultimate Team packs, or by watching the first FUT Champions Cup on 8th November. The digital ball will not be available to buy in physical form.
Adidas unveils global ‘Tango League’ in Mumbai
The initiative starts with 64 teams participating from across the city
New Delhi: After three editions in Delhi, global sportswear giant adidas has launched Tango League in Mumbai.
The initiative is conceived to boost the rising fever of football in India. The league was hosted at St. Andrew’s Football Turf in Bandra, Mumbai and saw 64 teams across 3 categories – Women/ Under 18/ Over 18/ battling in a five-a-side format taking the excitement quotient to a whole new level.
After gaining a remarkable fan base in Delhi, the brand brought the globally acclaimed concept to the Creators in Mumbai, giving the football freaks in the city a never seen before avenue to explore.
The league, is a celebration of the city’s street football culture and is an aim to encourage young talent to chase their passion for the game. The highlight of the league in Mumbai was the all women’s tournament which saw adidas further dial up its efforts of driving inclusivity and equal opportunity for all athletes, irrespective of gender.
Staying true to their belief of ‘changing lives through the power of sports’, adidas also hosted teams from Dharavi at the League thereby furthering their efforts to level the playing field.
Apart from enjoying a highly competitive and intense football tournament, young footballers also got to test their skills in the 1V1 Panna cage battles and 60-second skill circuits, which garnered a lot of attention amongst the players present there.
Present at the event, Indian footballer and adidas asset Robin Singh said: “The adidas Tango League is an extremely popular urban football concept in India and across the globe. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up in football. With brands like adidas coming forward and facilitating such grass root efforts, the league is a boost for city amateurs”
As the global leader in football, adidas continues to promote and nurture grass-root football in India by bringing innovative concepts to bring football closer to Indians. adidas Tango League serves as the most disruptive hunt for the amateur players that standout both on and off the pitch.
Commenting on the event, Manish Sapra, Senior Marketing Director, adidas India, said, “adidas understands its responsibility as the global leader in sports.
“We aim to work with and serve athletes of all skill levels. So whether it’s a young girl or a boy or a pro athlete, we want to inspire them through unique sport experiences to drive individual growth, helping create a better future.”
CEAT signs bat endorsement deal with cricketer Shreyas Iyer
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Commenting on the latest development, Anant Goenka, Managing Director, CEAT Ltd, said, “With IPL and CEAT Cricket Awards, we continue to believe in Cricket’s ever growing popularity. We are delighted to have Shreyas Iyer on board, representing our brand across all formats of cricket. We welcome him to the CEAT family and hope that he continues to succeed on and off the field.”
Speaking on the occasion, Shreyas Iyer said, “It is my pleasure to be associated with CEAT that has always supported and boosted cricket in the country. I am looking forward to this longstanding relationship with CEAT and continuing to excel in the game, making many more great memories on the field.”
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