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.
Peter Kelly is executive vice president and chief financial officer of NXP Semiconductors. In addition, he is responsible for M&A.
Peter joined NXP in 2011 and has 30 years of experience working in the technology industry in Europe, Asia and America.
Before NXP, Peter was chief financial officer of the energy company UGI and prior to that he was at Agere Systems where he was part of the management team that led the spin-off of Agere from Lucent Technologies. There, he was originally responsible for global operations and subsequently became chief financial officer.
Peter also serves on the board of directors for Plexus. Peter earned a bachelor’s degree in management sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Henri Ardevol is executive vice president and general manager of Business Line Automotive Processing for NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for leading the premier portfolio of microcontrollers and processors for the automotive industry.
Henri has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductors industry. Prior to being appointed to his current role in 2018, he served as NXP’s head of Corporate Strategy with a major impact on the company’s direction and a primary role in shaping and executing transformational moves such as the NXP-Freescale merger.
Henri started his career with NXP in Sales where he held different leadership positions across Europe, the United States and Asia. As a general manager for Embedded Secure Solutions, he then led the creation of the NFC ecosystem and Mobile Transactions business as well as the global expansion of the company’s contactless smartcard business to reach true leadership in Secure Transactions.
Henri studied telecommunications engineering at the Barcelona Polytechnic University as well as a PMD at IESE.
Maarten Dirkzwager is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for corporate strategy and chief of staff to the NXP management team.
Maarten joined the company in 1996 at Philips. After several roles in central engineering he moved to Philips Semiconductors in Hong Kong in 2005, where he was responsible for the innovation, efficiency and strategy of the discrete back end factories. In 2009 he moved to the corporate strategy team in the Netherlands where he was involved in the transition of NXP to a profitable high-performance mixed signal player. In 2015 he played a leading role in NXP’s acquisition and integration of Freescale, which resulted in creating one of the leading semiconductor companies and a leader in automotive semiconductors.
In 2017 and 2018 Maarten worked as head of strategy for ASML and AMS, after which he returned to NXP in early 2019.
Maarten holds a doctorate in fluid mechanics and a master’s degree in applied physics from the Delft University of Technology.
Paul Hart is executive vice president and general manager of Business Line Radio Power for NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for maximizing NXP’s leadership position in 5G and identifying new market opportunities to drive growth with best-in-class technologies, product offerings and system solutions spanning the entire range of 5G frequencies and power.
Paul joined Motorola Semiconductor as an RF engineer in 2001, transferring to Freescale in 2006 and to NXP in 2015. He has 19+ years of semiconductor industry experience specializing in the development, launch and life cycle management of cutting-edge RF solutions.
Prior to his current role, Paul managed the Radio Frequency business at NXP. Before that, he led NXP’s RF applications engineering teams and the engineering efforts that sharpened the company’s focus on next-generation power amplifier (PA) architectures, radio algorithms and radio system integration, and RF PA customer reference designs. He also has been responsible for the development and new product introduction of the digital front-end product family.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science degree in microwaves and optoelectronics from University College London.
Jens Hinrichsen is executive vice president and general manager of Business Line Advanced Analog (BL AA) for NXP Semiconductors. In this role, Jens is responsible for providing leading analog product solutions including secure interfaces, power management, charging and power supplies, sensors, car access and battery management.
Advanced analog product solutions support all industry verticals leveraging world-class technology and benchmark application expertise for automotive, mobile, computing, industrial & IoT.
Jens has 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, starting his career in 1995 at Philips Semiconductors in Germany. Having held several positions within Philips in Europe and Asia, such as supply chain management, assembly operations and international product marketing, he took over the responsibility as general manager for the Small Signal Diodes business in 2003. From 2005 onwards, Jens spent nine years in San Jose, CA, as general manager for the NXP Semiconductors Logic and later the Interface Products business. Returning to Europe in late 2013 he took over the automotive analog business line. By 2015, under his leadership, this line integrated all Freescale automotive analog business activities. Further, since January 2020 his business line was merged with all remaining NXP sensor and analog solutions to create BL Advanced Analog.
Jens holds a degree in mechanical engineering and business from the Technical University in Berlin.
Chris Jensen is executive vice president and chief human resources officer of NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s global human resources function, driving programs and process to enable NXP’s business performance.
Chris has been with NXP since the merger of Freescale and NXP in 2015, having been a key leader in the integration of the two companies. Prior to the merger, Chris was Vice President of Global Compensation, Benefits and HR Operations, where he led these functions through multiple transactions, including the company’s leveraged buyout in 2006, public offering in 2011 and ultimately the merger.
He has extensive experience in leading the various functions across human resources, with strength in change management, compensation and benefits design, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to Freescale, Chris held executive human resources positions at Applied Materials and Tandem Computers.
In addition to his corporate roles, Chris has been an adjunct professor in the Executive MBA Program at Baylor University since 2007.
Chris earned his bachelor’s of science degree in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with his MBA from Baylor University.
Kevork Kechichian is executive vice president of MCU/MPU Engineering for NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for leading global teams in architecture, IP and SoC, design enablement, targeting diverse markets in automotive microcontrollers and processors, high performance compute engines, ML/AI accelerators, media processors, industrial IoT and networking.
Prior to joining NXP in April 2019, Kevork held the role of senior vice president, engineering at Qualcomm, managing the global Snapdragon SoC and technology teams. In various leadership roles at Qualcomm, spanning more than 12 years, he was responsible for delivering 100+ SoCs in leading edge technologies, major breakthrough products in mobile and consumer markets, including 3G, 4G, 5G, snapdragon 8cx compute platform, automotive telematics and infotainment, and more.
Kevork’s career spans more than 30 years in various semiconductor engineering and leadership roles: ATI Technologies – graphics and media processors; PMC-Sierra – network processors and protocol engines; Silicon Optix – video and image processors; LSI – media processors; and Biorithmics Corp – protein fold recognition accelerators.
Kevork holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Torsten Lehmann is executive vice president and general manager, Business Line Radio Frequency Processing for NXP Semiconductors.
Torsten has a proven track record in the automotive electronics space, with experience across multiple market segments during his more than twenty years career in the industry. He has held various product management, marketing, sales, strategy and business leadership functions within Philips Components, Philips Semiconductors and since 2006 within NXP Semiconductors.
Since 2010, Torsten has been the Business Line General Manager with full P&L ownership. His responsibilities and scope have grown over the years, starting initially with a focus on infotainment, then extending the business into fast growth Driver Assistance applications and most recently responsibility for the complete NXP Radar business, as well as for Product Line Personal Health.
Additionally, Torsten is serving on behalf of NXP as director on the boards of SSMC (a semiconductor manufacturing JV with TSMC based in Singapore), Cohda Wireless (a start-up company based in Australia) and Hawkeye Technology (a start-up company based in China).
Torsten holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany. He also holds an executive M.B.A. with distinction from INSEAD Institute in Fontainebleau, France.
Ron Martino is senior vice president and general manager of Business Line Edge Processing for NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for driving embedded compute leadership for edge processing in industrial, IoT and networking markets.
Ron is an established leader with 31 years of experience in the microelectronics business focused on automotive electronics, embedded processing applications, high performance computing applications and semiconductor research and development. His industry activities include his board of director role in SOI consortium and board of director responsibilities for NXP’s joint venture design company in Tianjin, China.
Ron’s prior responsibilities include general manager of Product Line i.MX Application Processors and advanced technology adoption in NXP’s former Microcontrollers business. He achieved broad adoption and rapid growth of the i.MX application processor business across automotive and industrial applications. Ron was also the executive leader of NXP’s global microcontroller R&D organization, developing products for multiple applications across consumer, industrial and automotive segments. Responsibilities also included non-volatile memory process technology and IP module development. In addition, Ron was responsible for NXP’s joint development partnership with ST Microelectronics for automotive MCUs.
Ron joined Freescale (now NXP) in February 2008 from IBM, where he was Director of Power Architecture MPU Business. He worked at IBM for 20 years focusing on high performance computing, networking, RF communication, and gaming microelectronics. Ron also served as director of IBM’s ASIC and Core IP development organization, manager of IBM’s RF product introduction organization, and manager of an advanced technology support team.
Steve Owen is executive vice president of sales and marketing of NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for a solutions-oriented team focused on our company strategy: Secure Connections for a Smarter World.
During his 21-year career with Philips and NXP, Steve has been managing the sales and marketing of the company’s broad based mixed signal technologies in Automotive, Communications, and Mobile as well as the rapidly evolving Industrial and IOT markets focusing on Secure Edge Processing. A specific focus has been evangelizing the evolution and adoption of Contactless RF-based secure solutions in the areas of payment, electronic government credentials, access, and transit solutions. He has also been leading NXP’s distribution and EMS channels, which are vital growth vectors for the company so a key role is overseeing the growth of deployment of the multimarket semiconductors’ product portfolio to the Mass Markets.
Prior to Joining Philips Semiconductors Steve worked for a number of years in Distribution sales in the UK as well as serving for 12 years in the Royal Navy.
Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and electrical engineering from the Royal Navy, has lived in the Netherlands for the last 19 years and is married with 4 daughters.
David Reed is executive vice president, Operations at NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he is responsible for NXP’s internal and external manufacturing operations, supply chain, information technology, quality, and procurement.
David has 30 years of extensive international experience with global execution of fabs, assembly and test, packaging, R&D, foundries and joint ventures for Analog, Automotive, Logic, and Wireless customers. David joined Freescale Semiconductor in 2012 as senior vice president, manufacturing operations. Previously he was Vice President and General Manager at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, where he led global turnkey, reticle, back-end operations, and the launch of 28nm in Dresden, Germany.
David began his career at Texas Instruments in 1984 where he held multiple overseas and leadership assignments in operations, development, and in the analog, digital, memory, and DLP™ businesses of TI. David served on the boards of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and the Circle 10 Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He is also a BSA Eagle Scout and a Tocqueville Society member of the United Way of Dallas, Texas.
David earned a bachelor’s of art degree in chemistry from Austin College and a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M. He also holds a master’s of business administration degree in corporate finance from the University of Dallas.
Lars Reger is executive vice president and chief technology officer for NXP Semiconductors. As CTO, Lars is responsible for managing new business activities and R&D in the focus markets of automotive, industry 4.0, internet of things (IoT), mobile, and connectivity & infrastructure.
Before joining NXP, Lars gained deep insight into the microelectronics industry with a focus on the automotive sector. He began his career with Siemens Semiconductors as product engineer in 1997. His past roles at Infineon included head of the process and product engineering departments, project manager for Mobile System Chips, and director of IP Management. Prior to joining NXP as CTO of the automotive division in 2008, he was responsible for business development and product management within the connectivity business unit at Continental.
In December 2018, Lars was appointed NXP’s CTO and has since then been responsible for the overall technology portfolio of NXP. Since April 2019, he has been a board member of the committee for digital economy, telecommunications and media in the German Industry Association. Lars is also on the board of directors of ITS World Congress and a member of the Forbes Technology Council.
Rafael Sotomayor is executive vice president and general manager of Business Line Connectivity and Security for NXP Semiconductors. In this role, he oversees solutions that drive ecosystems, which foster security and connectivity. These solutions include connectivity devices with NFC, UHF, UWB, Bluetooth and WIFI; and secure products for mobile payment, banking, secure ID, transit, and secure services for IoT.
Prior to joining NXP in 2014, Rafael was as vice president of marketing at Broadcom in the wireless connectivity business, and prior to that, he was at Motorola and Intel.
Rafael holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSEE from Georgia Tech, and BSEE from Purdue University.
Jennifer Wuamett is executive vice president and general counsel of NXP Semiconductors. In this role, she is responsible for legal and intellectual property matters.
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the electronics industry. Jennifer joined NXP in 2015 with the merger of Freescale to become NXP’s deputy general counsel and chief intellectual property officer. Before joining NXP, she was Freescale’s general counsel, and prior to joining Freescale worked for Motorola’s legal department in a variety of roles starting in 1997. Before joining Motorola, Jennifer was an attorney in private practice with the law firm Quarles & Brady.
Jennifer is a frequent speaker on legal and intellectual property matters, an advocate for the advancement of women and is committed to increase girls’ engagement in STEM. She serves as a governance committee member of Girlstart, is the president of the board of the NXP Foundation and is a member of the board of directors of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Jennifer holds a doctor of law degree from Arizona State University and holds a bachelor’s of art degrees in Chemistry and Biology from McDaniel College.