An Nvidia employee in Israel was kidnapped by Hamas during the recent attacks on Israel. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang informed employees of the incident in a companywide email on Sunday. The employee was seen in a viral video of a couple being held hostage by militants at a music festival. Huang urged affected employees to delegate critical work to colleagues worldwide and assured them that the company was in contact with the employee’s family.
The kidnapping highlights the impact of the ongoing conflict in Israel on tech companies based in Silicon Valley. Nvidia has a significant presence in Israel, employing over 3,000 people across the country. The company has expressed deep concern for the well-being of the kidnapped employee and is providing support to their family.
Since the Hamas attacks began, over 1,000 people have been killed in the region. Israel has initiated a counteroffensive, including a complete siege of Gaza, which involves cutting off essential supplies. In response to the escalating conflict, Nvidia has canceled its AI conference in Tel Aviv and advised employees to prioritize their families and stay home.