Yiling Zhang is a true rising star within the semiconductor industry and a powerful force within
NXP. She has been shortlisted for the Global Semiconductor Alliance Female Up and Comer Award,
nominated for her exceptional contributions to NXP’s development, innovation, growth and success
in the four years since she joined the company. The official award winner will be announced on 14
September, but Yiling is already a champion to NXP and others in the industry.
Born in Shanghai, China, Yiling had an early interest in technology and engineering. As a teenager
watching a live broadcast of China’s crewed spacecraft launch, Yiling noticed breaks in the
signal. This was the spark that ignited her life-long interest in signal transmissions, and the
beginning of her stratospheric rise in engineering circles.
After a double major (English Language and Literature/Electrical, Electronics and Communications
Engineering) at the Harbin Institute of Technology, Yiling left China for Delft in the
Netherlands, where she was awarded a scholarship. She first joined NXP as an intern working on
algorithms for car radio, and after earning a Masters in Telecommunications and Sensing Systems,
she went to work with NXP full time.
Ahead of the Curve
Diving straight into the deep end, Yiling’s first assignment was in
systems architecture, something generally
reserved for those with more than 10 years’ experience. Soon working as a product manager, she
focused on shaping business strategy, defining the roadmap for our General Purpose and Integrated
Systems product line.
Yiling has a real knack for delivering on our business strategy thanks to her deep knowledge,
technical insight and close collaboration with sales and customers. She is also known within the
company for her ability to enhance customer experiences and bring out the best in NXP’s portfolio.
Yiling also inspires the growing ranks of women in NXP’s workforce with her unstoppable drive for
results. Using her own successes and personal experiences as examples of what can be achieved,
Yiling encourages and empowers recent women graduates to join the semiconductor industry and works
to increase women’s visibility within the company.
A True Winner
As Yiling’s career flourishes, her list of achievements grows, from the successful market launch
of five new NXP solutions (despite the pandemic!), as well as the products she develops. As if
that wasn’t enough, Yiling is also an inspirational speaker at conferences on behalf of NXP. All
these accomplishments and her ability to overcome even the most challenging obstacles make her
someone we can all look up to and take pride in.
The We Are NXP program embodies the people, spirit and values of NXP, which is committed to
advancing the world by making it safer and more connected. We pursue our ambitions through
technological innovations designed to enhance the quality of life of our employees, our
communities and the world at large, all the while ensuring sustainability and minimizing our
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