'Exit interview' with Carlo Bozotti of STMicroelectronics

June 13, 2018 // By Peter Clarke
Carlo Bozotti retired as president and chief executive officer of STMicroelectronics NV at the end of May 2018 after 41 years and 4 months at the company.

Bozotti was CEO of ST for the last 13 of those years and oversaw the creation of ST-Ericsson, the 50:50 joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson focusing on semiconductors and platforms for mobile applications. Although this venture was unsuccessful Bozotti then drove the turnaround of the company with a shift towards more stable, longer-term markets such as automotive and industrial electronics and revenues growing 20 percent in 2017.

Peter Clarke met Bozotti shortly after his retirement from ST to look back at a long career and ask "What next for Carlo Bozotti?"

eeNews: Where were you born and educated?

Carlo Bozotti: Close to Milan in a place called Noviglio in 1952. I went to elementary school there and at age 11 I had to take a bus to Pavia to go to junior high school, then to liceo scientifico. I also went to university there. Liceo scientifico is a form of specialised secondary school in Italy.

eeNews: What drew you to study science, engineering?

Carlo Bozotti: I liked physics and maths in high school and so I went on to take electronic engineering at university. We were the class of 71 and many of us still meet up a couple of times a year. The first couple of years were general but then the next three years the course was more specialized; quantum physics, semiconductor device operation, lasers and advanced optics and so on. We were already looking at integrated circuits and we made a discrete device as part of the course. We even talked about digital electronics.

And one of the assistant professors there also worked at SGS, as it was then.

eeNews: Can you remember the discrete device you made?

Carlo Bozotti: Yes, it was a 5A, 400Vceo bipolar power transistor. We were working on the optimization of the switching times. It was only a bidimensional study but very interesting. I can even remember the part number. It was a BU126-type device, which was used for power supplies in television.

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