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    Kumar Malavalli Honored with Immigrant Heritage Award

    AIISF award winners (l-r): Sintao Ng, Kumar Malavalli, Alla Efimova of the Magnes, and Catherine Eusebio

    Legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur Kumar Malavalli was one of four recipients of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation’s fourth annual Immigrant Heritage Awards at a gala event held Sept. 27 at the Westin St. Francis here.

    He was joined by Next Generation winner Catherine Eusebio, philanthropists Lit and Sintao Ng, and education awardee the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life of the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

    In 1995, Malavalli founded Brocade Communications, which revolutionized and exploited the power of network storage, and is currently CEO, co-founder and chair of InMage Systems, a firm that has pioneered the development of event-based disaster recovery and affordable data protection software.

    He was honored by AIISF for his accomplishments in business and his philanthropic endeavors in the United States and India.

    The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary at the event. The AIISF tells the story of Pacific Coast immigration, including the period when the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island was operating from 1910 to 1940.

    Working with the California State Parks, the AIISF has raised millions of dollars to preserve the Immigration Station and tell its story to hundreds of thousands of people.