Commencement 2021

Commencement 2021

Honorary Degree Recipients

On Saturday, May 15, Babson College will present honorary degrees to two inspiring entrepreneurial leaders as part of the Class of 2021 Commencement experience.

Jamie Siminoff ’99 and Dr. Albert Bourla will each receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and will share their wisdom and insights with our 2021 graduates and the Babson community around the world.

2021 Undergraduate Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker

Jamie Siminoff ’99, CEO, Founder & Chief Inventor of Ring

Jamie Siminoff ’99

Jamie Siminoff ’99 is CEO, founder and chief inventor of Ring. A lifelong inventor and mission-driven entrepreneur, Siminoff created the world’s first Wi-Fi video doorbell while working in his garage in 2011. The doorbell, then called DoorBot, has since transformed into what’s now known as Ring, a trusted, customer-first whole-home security company that offers effective and accessible home security products and services, including the popular Ring Video Doorbell. Although much has changed since the company’s inception, it is Ring’s mission of making neighborhoods safer that continues to drive Siminoff as an inventor and entrepreneur.

Intensely dedicated not only to the Ring mission, but also to Ring’s neighbors (what Ring calls its customers), Siminoff is a loyal and trusted leader. He gives his team autonomy so they can stay focused on what’s most important: inventing on behalf of customers to develop products and features that help provide real solutions for real needs. Since day one, he has stayed firm in his belief that everyone deserves the right to feel peace of mind in their home and be safe and supported in their communities; he inspires the team to continue delivering on this truth every day.

Under Siminoff’s direction, Ring has seen incredible success and growth. Since its launch in 2013, Ring has helped millions of neighbors create a ring of security around their homes and has made an impact on thousands of neighborhoods. In 2018, Amazon acquired Ring and with the support of Amazon, Siminoff and Ring continue to innovate and remain at the cutting edge of home security.

Prior to Ring, Siminoff founded several successful ventures including PhoneTag, the world’s first voicemail-to-text company, and Unsubscribe.com, a service that helped email users clean commercial email from their inboxes. He successfully sold both companies in 2009 and 2011 respectively. He earned his Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship from Babson College.

2021 Graduate Honorary Degree Recipient and Speaker

Albert Bourla, DVM, PH.D. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer

Dr. Albert Bourla

Dr. Albert Bourla is chairman and CEO of Pfizer. During his more than 25 years at Pfizer, he has held several senior global positions across a range of markets and disciplines. Before becoming CEO, he served as COO, overseeing commercial strategy, manufacturing, and global product development.

Previously, he served as group president of Pfizer Innovative Health, which comprised the Consumer Healthcare, Inflammation & Immunology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Rare Disease and Vaccines business groups. He also created the Patient and Health Impact group, dedicated to increasing patient access, demonstrating the value of Pfizer’s medicines, and broader business model innovation. Prior to that, he was president and GM of the Established Products business.

He is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a PhD from the Veterinary School of Aristotle University and began his Pfizer career in 1993 in the Animal Health division. In 2020, Dr. Bourla was ranked America’s top CEO in the pharmaceuticals sector by Institutional Investor magazine.

He is on the executive committee of the Partnership for New York City, a vice president of the IFPMA, a trustee of the U.S. Council for International Business, and a director on multiple boards, including Pfizer Inc., the Pfizer Foundation, PhRMA, and Catalyst.