Board of Directors

Dato Sri Ahmad Tarmizi

Chairman and non-executive director

Dato Sri Ahmad Tarmizi bin Haji Sulaiman is the state financial secretary of the Malaysian State of Sarawak since July 1, 2004. Prior to his current appointment, he was the deputy state financial secretary of the Malaysian State of Sarawak since October 1, 2002, and served as chief executive officer of Amanah Saham Sarawak Berhad from August 1993 to September 2002. He worked as a fund manager at the Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank Berhad and, following that, the American International Assurance. Dato Sri Tarmizi currently is a board member of several corporate and governmental agencies. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University, New York, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, USA.

Rudi De Winter

CEO and managing director

Rudi De Winter joined X-FAB in 2011 as Co-CEO and became CEO in 2014. Between 1996 and 2011 he served as the chief executive officer and managing director of Melexis NV. Prior to that date, Mr. De Winter served as a development engineer at Mietec Alcatel, Belgium, from 1984 to 1985 and as a development manager at Elmos GmbH, Germany, from 1985 to 1989. In 1990, Mr. De Winter became director of XTRION NV, the parent company of X-FAB. Mr. De Winter holds a Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ghent. Mr. De Winter is married to Ms. Chombar, the chief executive officer and managing director of Melexis NV.

Roland Duchâtelet

Non-executive director

Roland Duchâtelet started his career serving in various positions in production, product development, and marketing for several large and small companies. He contributed to the start-up of two other semiconductor manufacturers: Mietec Alcatel, Belgium, from 1983 to 1985 as business development/sales manager, and Elmos GmbH, Germany, from 1985 to 1989 as marketing manager. Mr. Duchâtelet is the co-founder of XTRION NV, the parent company of X-FAB. He holds a Degree in Electronic Engineering and Applied Economics as well as an MBA from the University of Leuven.

Hans-Jürgen Straub

Non-executive director

Hans-Jürgen Straub has more than 30 years of experience in the management of semiconductor companies. From 1982 to 1990, Mr. Straub served as head of central planning at the Kombinat Mikroelektronik in Erfurt. Thereafter, Mr. Straub was a member of the managing board of PTC Electronic AG, a holding company that managed 18 subsidiaries. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Straub served as president of several companies, including Mikroelektronik und Technologie-Gesellschaft mbH, Dresden, and Thesys Gesellschaft für Mikroelektronik mbH, Erfurt. From 1999 to 2014, Mr. Straub served as chief executive officer of X-FAB. He holds a Diploma in Economics from the Hochschule für Ökonomie Berlin (Berlin Business School).

Tan Sri (Dr) Hamid Bugo

Non-executive director

Tan Sri (Dr) Hamid Bugo has worked as personnel manager for Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between Petronas, Shell, and Mitsubishi. He was the first general manager of the Land Custody and Development Authority, Sarawak, and is permanent secretary to the Ministry of Resource Planning, and state secretary of Sarawak. Tan Sri (Dr) Hamid Bugo has also served as a board member of several corporate and governmental agencies and charitable organizations. After graduating with a Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, he gained a postgraduate diploma in teaching from Christchurch Teachers’ College, New Zealand, and a certificate in business studies from the Harvard Institute of Development Studies, USA. Tan Sri (Dr) Hamid Bugo was awarded an Honorary PhD in Commerce by Lincoln University, New Zealand. Currently, he sits on the board of Sapura Energy Berhad, Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad, and the Institute of Integrity, Malaysia.

Christine Juliam

Independent non-executive director

Christine Juliam started her career in clinical research at MSD in Belgium before moving into product management, and subsequently into sales, marketing, and business planning responsibilities. In July 1996, she started to work for Abbott Belgium as director of the pharmaceutical product division, and joined Nycomed as managing director Belgium/Luxembourg in 2006. From 2011 onwards, she was region head for France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg for Nycomed, which was acquired by Takeda in the same year. Subsequently, Ms. Juliam managed Takeda Italy and France as country manager between 2013 and 2017. Christine Juliam has a Doctor’s Degree of Medicine from the University of Ghent, a License in Marketing from St. Aloysius College in Brussels, a Master in Management from Solvay Commercial School in Brussels, and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Christel Verschaeren

Independent non-executive director

Christel Verschaeren served for 29 years at IBM. She held different technical positions as well as commercial leadership positions in general business, channel sales, and inside sales. She led business operations for IBM Belgium/Luxembourg for three years. In 2005, she became director of business transformation and IT for IBM Europe. From 2010 until 2012, she served as director for global organizational change management. From 2012 until 2016, Ms. Verschaeren was the Vice President of CIO services in EMEA. She holds a Master in Economics from the University of Antwerp.

Estelle Iacona

Independent non-executive director

From 2008 to 2012, Estelle Iacona served as director of EM2C laboratory (CNRS, École Centrale Paris). Afterwards, she became dean and vice president research of the École Centrale Paris until December 2014. She then became dean and vice president Research and Industrial Partnership of the École Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec) in Paris. From 2015 until 2016 she served as dean and vice president research of the CentraleSupélec. Currently, Ms. Iacona is executive vice president for academic affairs, research professor at CentraleSupélec, and member of the board of École Centrale Casablanca. Ms. Iacona holds an Engineering Degree and a Master of Science from the University of Nantes (Polytech’Nantes) and a PhD in Physics of Transfer from the École Centrale Paris.