CEO Roundtable

One of the highlights on the evening before electronica is the CEO Roundtable. This international discussion panel made up of CEOs and decision makers has been talking about the future of the electronics industry as well as sociopolitical and other relevant topics during electronica since 1998.

Topic of the CEO Roundtable 2022 was:

“The contribution of the electronics industry to climate protection. The all-electric society—driving the sustainable ecosystem.”

For many experts, the coming years will determine whether we will succeed on the path to a sustainable future. The electronics industry is a key factor: Among other things, it is developing the technologies for the decentralized, sustainable power grid of the future and for a new era of mobility.

In the CEO Roundtable at electronica 2022, the panelists talked about the major global challenges facing the industry: climate change, energy transition, raw materials crisis. How is the industry dealing with them? What contribution can the electronics industry make to climate protection and the creation of an all-electric society?


Jean-Marc Chery is STMicroelectronics’ President and Chief Executive Officer and has held this position since May 31st, 2018. He is the Sole Member of ST’s Managing Board and chairs its Executive Committee.

Chery began his career in the Quality organization of Matra, the French engineering group. In 1986, he joined Thomson Semiconducteurs, which subsequently became ST, and held various management positions in product planning and manufacturing, rising to lead ST’s wafer fabs in Tours, France, and later in Rousset, France. In 2005, Chery led the company-wide 6-inch wafer-production restructuring program before taking charge of ST’s Front-End Manufacturing operations in Asia Pacific. In 2008, he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer and assumed additional responsibilities for Manufacturing and Quality (2011) and the Digital Product Sector (2012). In 2014, Chery was appointed ST’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for Technology and Manufacturing operations. In July 2017, Chery was appointed Deputy CEO with overall responsibility for Technology and Manufacturing, as well as for Sales and Marketing operations.

Chery is a member of the Board of Directors at Legrand and Chairman of the France—Malaysia Business Council at Medef International. Previously, he was President of the European microelectronics R&D program AENEAS and served as President of the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) in 2019- 2021. Chery was promoted Knight of the Legion of Honor by the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in July 2019.

Jean-Marc Chery was born in Orleans, France, in 1960, and graduated with a degree in Engineering from the ENSAM engineering school in Paris, France.

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Jochen Hanebeck has been CEO of Infineon since April 2022 and a member of the Management Board since 2016.

He was born in Dortmund and holds a degree in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University. He started his career at Infineon (until 1999 Siemens AG) in 1994 as a development engineer at the East Fishkill site in the US. Before joining the Management Board, Jochen Hanebeck held various management positions at Infineon, including Head of the Automotive Division from 2008 to 2016.

Gregg Lowe joined Cree, Inc. (now Wolfspeed) in September 2017 as president and chief executive officer (CEO) to translate vision and strategy into world- class execution and bottom-line growth.

Prior to Wolfspeed, he served as president and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor, a $5 billion global company with products serving automotive, industrial, consumer and communications markets. During his time at Freescale, Gregg led the successful merger with NXP Semiconductors N.V. creating a high- performance, mixed-signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of more than $10 billion. Prior to Freescale, Gregg had a long career spanning 28 years at Texas Instruments including executive roles as senior vice president and leader of the analog business.

In addition to his roles as a corporate executive, Gregg also holds numerous board positions including Silicon Labs in Austin, Texas; Semiconductor Industry Association in Washington, DC; and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, where he serves as chairman of the board.

Gregg holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, (where he played football for the “Fighting Engineers”) and has completed the executive program at Stanford University. He is the recipient of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Career Achievement Award, which honored both his accomplishments in the semiconductor industry as well as his community service, and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the Institute in 2014.

Gregg is married and has two adult children. His career spans living in Houston, Detroit, Munich, Nice, Dallas, Austin, and now Durham, NC. He is fluent in German.

Kurt Sievers has been President and Chief Executive Officer of NXP Semiconductors since May 2020.

Kurt Sievers has been a member of NXP's executive management team since 2009 and was instrumental in defining and implementing NXP's strategy for "secure connectivity for a smarter world." Prior to being elected CEO, he served as President of NXP, overseeing all of the company's business units. In 2019, Kurt led the successful acquisition of Marvell's Wi-Fi Connectivity Business Unit. This enabled NXP to provide scalable processing and connectivity solutions to customers in NXP's key end markets. In 2015, he played a key role in the merger of NXP and Freescale Semiconductor. It created one of the world's leading semiconductor companies, primarily pioneering the automotive industry and secure edge processing.

Kurt Sievers joined NXP in 1995 and progressed through a series of leadership positions in sales and marketing, product definition and development, strategy and general management in a variety of market segments.


Kurt Sievers holds a Master of Science in Physics and Information Technology from the University of Augsburg.

Board positions

  • Managing Director, NXP Semiconductors N.V.
  • Member of the Board of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI)

  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Trade Fair Electronica
  • Board member of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)
  • Board member of AENEAS, an industry association promoting R & D&I to strengthen EU competitiveness
  • Member of the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) Committee


Kurt Sievers has a passion for mountain sports, desert travel, digital photography and Land Rover.
He enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying Mediterranean food and wine.

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