Rudi De Winter wants limping X-Fab to get up to speed

April 05, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Past February, Rudi De Winter has been appointed co-CEO for semiconductor foundry X-Fab. Since his appointment took place shortly after X-Fab had released nine-month figures in red ink, speculations circulated that the move was aiming at a major course correction or a generational handover in the company. De Winter knows X-Fab very well: during the past 14 years he was CEO of fabless automotive chipmaker Melexis SA, a major customer for the foundry.

EE Times Europe : Mr. De Winter, X-Fab now has a dual leadership, with you being responsible for R&D, marketing and sales, and long-standing CEO Hans Juergen Straub for finance, HR and operations. This looks like in the long term you are intended to replace Mr. Straub. Does the move initiate a generational succession?

Rudi De Winter : No. Perhaps not many companies have two CEOs, but I’ve worked before at Melexis which was also running with two CEOs, and that worked very well.

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