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Kurt Sievers was elected president and chief executive officer during the company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in May 2020, after a successful track record as the president of NXP, overseeing all the company’s business lines, since 2018.
Kurt joined NXP in 1995, progressing through a series of sales and marketing, product definition and development, strategy and general management leadership positions across a broad number of market segments.
He has been a member of NXP’s executive management team since 2009, where he has been instrumental in the definition and implementation of the NXP high-performance mixed signal strategy. In 2015, Kurt was influential in the merger of NXP and Freescale Semiconductor, which resulted in creating one of the leading semiconductor companies and a leader in automotive semiconductors.
He serves on the board of the German National Electrical and Electronics Industry Association (ZVEI) and chairs the advisory board of the international trade-fair Electronica. He also serves as a board member of PENTA and AENEAS, the clusters for application and technology research in Europe on nano-electronics. Finally, Kurt serves as a member of the Asia-Pacific-Committee of German Business (APA) and as a member of the Board at the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), acting as the spokesperson for the Republic of Korea.
Kurt earned a master’s degree in physics and information technology from Augsburg University, Germany.
Sir Peter has been appointed as a non-executive director and as the chairman of our board of directors in August 2010. Prior to that, Sir Peter was the chairman of the supervisory board of NXP B.V. from September 29, 2006. Sir Peter served as chief executive officer and chairman of the executive committee for British Telecom plc. From 1996 to 2002 and prior to that was chairman and chief executive officer of ICL plc. (now Fujitsu Services Holdings Ltd.). Sir Peter also worked in the semiconductor industry during his tenure as a divisional director at Texas Instruments Incorporated, for whom he held a variety of senior management positions around the world. In addition, Sir Peter has served as a director of twelve large technology companies. Peter currently holds non-executive directorships at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited and Imagination Technologies, is Chair of Council and Senior Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University, Board Director at East West Institute USA and Board Mentor at CMi in London. He is Advisor to Longreach LLP in Hong Kong, Alix Partners UK LLP in London and is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering. Sir Peter was named Outstanding Director for 2019 by the Financial Times.
Mr. Goldman has been appointed as a non-executive director of our board of directors effective August 6, 2010. Mr. Goldman is former chief financial officer of Yahoo!, Inc. Prior to October 2012, Mr. Goldman served as senior vice president, finance and administration and chief financial officer of Fortinet, Inc, a provider of unified threat management solutions, from September 2007 to September 2012. From November 2006 to August 2007, Mr. Goldman served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dexterra, Inc. From August 2000 until March 2006, Mr. Goldman served as senior vice president, finance and administration and chief financial officer of Siebel Systems, Inc. and from December 1999 to December 2003, Mr. Goldman served on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s primary advisory group. Mr. Goldman currently serves on the board of directors of Fortinet, Inc., TriNet Group, Inc., GoPro, Inc., RingCentral, Inc., Zuora, Inc. and several private companies, including serving as President of Hillspire, LLC. Mr. Goldman also is a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Foundation, and in 2015 was appointed to a three-year term on the Standards Advisory Group, which advises the PCAOB. Mr. Goldman was a member of board of trustees of Cornell University from 2005 to 2013 and was designated as Emeritus Trustee. He was formerly a member of the Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession, a public committee that made recommendations in September 2008 to encourage a more sustainable auditing profession. Mr. Goldman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Kaeser has been appointed as a non-executive director of our board of directors effective September 1, 2010. Mr. Kaeser is the president and chief executive officer of Siemens AG since August 2013. Before this, from May 2006 to August 2013, he was member of the managing board and chief financial officer of Siemens AG and prior to this Mr. Kaeser served as chief strategy officer for Siemens AG from 2004 to 2006 and as the chief financial officer for the mobile communications group from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Kaeser has additionally held various other positions within the Siemens group since he joined Siemens in 1980. Mr. Kaeser also serves on the managing board of Siemens AG and the board of directors of Siemens Ltd. (India), Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG.
Mrs. Olving has been appointed as a non-executive director of our board of directors effective June 17, 2019. She served as President and CEO of Mycronic AB (listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm), between 2013 and 2019 a Swedish high-tech equipment company serving the electronics industry. Before that Ms. Olving worked at Saab AB, a listed Defence and Security company, as Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer. Her earlier career also includes various managerial positions within Volvo Car Corporation, in total 25 years, of which 5 years in Asia Pacific and 7 years in the Executive Management Team.
Ms. Olving is a board member of Assa Abloy AB, Investment AB Latour, Munters Group AB (all public listed), Chairman of Academic Work Holding AB, Chairman of the Board at the Royal Swedish Opera and board member of ScandiNova Systems AB and Stena Metall AB. She is elected as a fellow of IVA the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. She holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In January 2018, Ms. Olving was presented H.M. The King’s Medal of the 12th size with blue ribbon for outstanding efforts within Swedish business sector. In October 2019, she was awarded IVA’s Gold Medal for pioneering and outstanding leadership within the tech sector.
Mr. Smitham has been appointed a non-executive director of our board of directors effective December 7, 2015. Mr. Smitham retired from his position as a partner of the private equity firm Permira on December 31, 2009, but until August 1, 2015, he was a member of Permira Advisers LLP, which he joined in 1985, the year the London office was founded. Mr. Smitham was the managing partner of the London office from 1994 until 1998 and led Permira’s European business from 1996 until 2000. He has worked on numerous transactions focusing on technology, including Memec Group Holdings Limited, The Roxboro Group, Solartron Group and Technology plc. Until its merger with NXP, Mr. Smitham was a director of Freescale; he joined the Freescale board in June 2007 and has been a member of the Compensation and Leadership Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Freescale board. He has a degree in Geography from Swansea University, Wales and attended the Senior Executive Program at Stanford Business School.
Ms. Southern has been appointed as a non-executive director of our board of directors effective October 10, 2013. She was with Virgin Atlantic Limited (UK) from 2000 – 2013. Ms. Southern was chief commercial officer and from 2000 – 2010 she was chief financial officer of Virgin Atlantic. Before joining Virgin Atlantic she was group finance director at Porsche Cars Great Britain and finance and operations director at W H Smith – H J Chapman & Co Ltd. Prior to that, she was chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Ms. Southern currently holds non-executive directorships at Rentokil-Initial plc, Ocado Group plc and easyJet plc and is Chair of the respective Audit Committees. Ms. Southern is also a member of the Remuneration Committees at Ocado and easyJet.
Mrs. Staiblin has been appointed as a non-executive director of our board of directors effective June 17, 2019. Mrs. Staiblin served between 2013 and 2018 as CEO of Alpiq, a leading Swiss energy services provider and power producer in Europe. She successfully led the company through a major transformation in a fundamentally changing energy market. She began her career in 1997 at the ABB Group, the Swedish-Swiss global technology company, starting in ABB’s group research center. From 1999 to 2005, she served in various global functions and as a member of the management team for ABB’s power technologies division. She held the position of chief executive officer of ABB Switzerland from 2006 to 2012. Ms. Staiblin is a board member of Georg Fischer AG, Schaffhausen, Ammann Group Holding AG, Rolls-Royce plc, London and Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. Ms. Staiblin studied physics and electrical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She completed her studies with a degree in physics and has a Master of Science in electrical engineering.
Mr. Summe has been appointed as a non-executive director of NXP effective December 7, 2015. Mr. Summe is the Managing Partner of Glen Capital Partners, a Boston based hedge fund, which he founded in 2014. Mr. Summe was the managing director and vice chairman of Global Buyout at The Carlyle Group, a leading global private equity firm, from 2009 to 2014. Prior to joining Carlyle, he was the chairman and chief executive officer of PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader in Health Sciences, a company he led from 1998 to May 2009. He also served as a senior advisor to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, from 2008 to 2009. He was a director of Freescale Semiconductor from 2010 until its merger with NXP in 2015 and served as Chairman of the Freescale board from 2014 to 2015. Before PerkinElmer, Mr. Summe was with AlliedSignal, now Honeywell International, serving as the president of General Aviation Avionics, president of the Aerospace Engines Group and president of the Automotive Products Group. Before joining AlliedSignal, he was the general manager of Commercial Motors at General Electric and was a partner with the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company, Inc. Mr. Summe holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and the University of Cincinnati, and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is in the Engineering Hall of Distinction at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Summe also serves on the board of directors of the State Street Corporation, where he is the chairman of the Nomination & Governance and Strategy committees and two private companies, Ohana Biosciences and Pella Corporation.
Mr. Sundström has been appointed as a non-executive director of our board of directors effective June 17, 2019. He served as CEO of Stora Enso from 2014 until his retirement in 2019. He joined Stora Enso in August 2012 as CFO and member of the group leadership team. In June 2013, he took on the role as EVP for division Paper and Wood Products. Before joining Stora Enso, Mr. Sundström held the role as CFO of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (2008–2012). Before that, he held several managerial positions in Ericsson, including CFO. He is member of the board of Mölnlycke and chairman of the tax delegation for Swedish Business and Commerce and member of the board of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. Mr. Sundström participated in an advanced management program at Harvard Business School in 1997 and holds a degree in business administration, finance and accounting from the Uppsala University, Sweden.