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Garmin co-founder Gary Burrell dies at age of 81

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Gary Burrell, co-founder of global electronics giant, Garmin, has died at the age of 81.

Gary Burrell, co-founder of Garmin, has died at the age of 81. The former aviation pioneer retired in 2002, but continued to serve as Garmin’s Co-Chairman until 2004.

He helped create Garmin with Dr. Min Kao in 1989 with a mission to create products powered by the then emerging technology, GPS.

Today, Garmin is a global location and communication industry leader with more than 13,000 employees in 60 offices. It was this creation of jobs that Burrell was most proud of. Garmin’s President and CEO, Cliff Pemble, was among his 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,” said Pemble.

“Whether it was about creating the best product or his behavior as a leader, Gary always considered the impact to others before himself.”

Previous to launching Garmin, Burrell held leadership positions at marine and aviation companies, including Lowrance Electronics, King Radio Corporation and AlliedSignal.


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