Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi of Compunetix Inc. in Monroeville was named CEO of the Year on Thursday by the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
The council honored 50 Western Pennsylvania companies in eight categories at its 17th annual Tech 50 awards event at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, with a focus on companies in all stages of growth.
Winners in other categories were Industrial Scientific Corp., advanced manufacturer; Aethon Inc., innovator; Schell Games, application developer; ALung Technologies, life sciences; Duolingo, startup; Ansys Inc., tech titan; and Avere Systems; solution provider.
Other finalists in the chief executive category were Ron Bianchini of Avere; Pete DeComo of ALung, and Kraig McEwan of McKesson Automation Inc.
Coraluppi is the founder of one of the Pittsburgh technology community’s longest-running technology success stories, and was one of the founding members of the Technology Council.
Coraluppi founded three separate but complementary companies in 1968: Compunetics, which makes advanced printed circuit boards for the medical equipment, aerospace and other industries; Compunetix, which makes digital teleconferencing systems; and Chorus Call, which offers conferencing and meeting services.
The three companies have about 500 employees in Monroeville, and 60 more in nine satellite offices worldwide. In 2008, Compunetix acquired a fourth company, Sonexis Inc., of Tewksbury, Mass. The companies are partially employee-owned through an employee stock- ownership program.
Coraluppi, president of the four companies, is a Milan, Italy, native and naturalized American citizen.
“After sixteen years, Tech 50 is still the apex of recognition for technology visionaries,” said Audrey Russo, CEO of the trade group, which has 1,400-members in 13 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. “Pittsburgh’s tech mavericks showed the high level of innovation present in the community, and made this the best Tech 50 we’ve had so far.”
John D. Oravecz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7882 or [email protected].