CEO Circle – Ping Fu
Former CEO of Geomagic
Honored by Inc. Magazine as “The Entrepreneur of the Year,” Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. In 1997, Ping co-founded Geomagic, a leading U.S. software company that pioneers the 3D imaging and 3D printing technologies.
From 2013 to 2017, Ping served as the Chief Strategy and Chief Entrepreneur Officers at 3D Systems, responsible for corporate growth strategy and new market development, entrepreneurial, and innovation programs. Ping managed several business units with P&L responsibilities, including software, entertainment, culinary, and product design and development. Ping currently serves as a board of directors of Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV), Long Now Foundation, and Burning Man.
Ping is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and women in mathematics and sciences. Since 2010, Ping has been serving on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at the Department of Commerce. In addition, she is an active supporter of Food Science and Technology Policy. She is the holder of five U.S. and international patents.
Ping has received numerous awards for her leadership, including the Outstanding American by Choice Award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Life Time Achievements Award by Business Leader magazine.
Ping received an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. degree in Computer Science from California San Diego. Ping’s memoir published in 2013, Bend, Not Break: Life in two worlds, is a New York Times bestseller.