Investor Relations

X-FAB Silicon Foundries SE

Board of Directors

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. Hamid bin Bugo

Chairman of the Board

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. Hamid bin 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 was permanent secretary to the Ministry of Resource Planning, and state secretary of Sarawak. Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. Hamid bin Bugo has also served as a board member of several corporate and governmental agencies and charitable organizations. After graduating with a master’s 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 has a certificate in business studies from the Harvard Institute of Development Studies, USA. Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. Hamid bin Bugo was awarded an honorary PhD in commerce by Lincoln University, New Zealand. Currently, he is Chairman of the National Library Council of Malaysia, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad and board member of Sapura Resources Berhad.

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. 

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. In 2021, she started as general manager at Orifarm. 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.

Dato Sri Dr. Wan Lizozman Haji Wan Omar

Non-executive director

Dato Sri Dr. Wan Lizozman Haji Wan Omar is the State Financial Secretary of Sarawak. Before that he served as Deputy State Financial Officer and formerly as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources as well as the Ministry of Housing Sarawak. Besides his role as State Financial Secretary, Dato Sri Dr. Wan Lizozman Haji Wan Omar is Chairman of two state GLCs (government-linked companies) and Director of various state-owned companies. Moreover, he is Board Member of the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC). His academic qualifications include a Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies from the Columbia University, New York City, USA, a Bachelor of Sciences in Economic & Political Science from the University of Northern Illinois, USA, followed by a Master degree in International Affairs (Economic Development) from the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York City, USA. In 2014, he was awarded a PhD in Business Studies from UNIMAS (University Malaysia Sarawak). 

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

Estelle Iacona is professor in physics of CentraleSupélec. She was a director of EM2C laboratory (CNRS, École Centrale Paris) from 2008 to 2012 after which she became Dean and Vice-President Research of the École Centrale Paris and of CentraleSupélec. She served as Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs at CentraleSupélec from 2016 to 2019. She was also a member of the board of École Centrale Casablanca. In 2020, Estelle Iacona was elected as Senior Vice-President at Paris-Saclay University. Currently she is President at Paris-Saclay University. 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.

Roland Duchâtelet

Non-executive director

Throughout his career, Roland Duchâtelet has founded several companies and has organized approximately 50 acquisitions or sales of companies. He has been active in the internet business since 2000 and was a member of the Belgian Senate from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Duchâtelet is the co-founder of the parent company of X-FAB. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and applied economics from the University of Leuven and obtained an MBA from the same university.

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).

Ling Qi

Non-executive director

Vlinvlin BV is represented by Ling Qi. Ling Qi has more than 20 years of international business management experience in China. After winning an English language competition from a field of one thousand competitors, she organized international trade fairs and trade missions for the city government of Shenyang and was the personal translator for the mayor of Shenyang. She left politics to host a weekly TV program with news and interviews of foreign expats in China. In 1996, she became vice-president of the animation film company OHY in charge for the company’s business in the US. In 2000, Ling Qi married Belgian director Wouter Dierickx with whom she founded Sophie Animation Ltd. Currently, she is CEO of two multimedia and animation film companies. Alongside this, Ling Qi has been consulting for foreign invested companies in China and is a board member of a Belgian private bank. She holds a degree in international trade and English from the University of Liaoning and obtained a certificate of Dutch at University of Antwerp.