'Exit interview' with Carlo Bozotti of STMicroelectronics : Page 2 of 7

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.

eeNews: But was there anything in your childhood, in Noviglio, that drew you to engineering rather than physics or to electronics rather than another type of engineering.

Carlo Bozotti: Not really, music was my thing. I started learning piano as a child but stopped when I went to junior high school. But I picked it up again at 15 and was in a band until the second year of university, playing keyboards. We used to support some big acts and played in front of as many as 2,000 people; Saturday nights, Sunday nights. Sometimes we would open for the main band and then close the evening at midnight and have two hours' drive to get back to Noviglio.

eeNews: What was the line-up and what sort of music did you play?

Carlo Bozotti: Two guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. We were called Le Immagini, which translates as The Images. We played two types of music. One was international pop music. I liked Brian Auger, a Hammond organist with a jazz influence; Santana, Deep Purple, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis. And then we played Italian music, still contemporary but slightly different.

I can play Jazz piano a bit and it is one of the things I want to do more of now.

Carlo Bozotti: Jazz pianist and power guy.

eeNews: When did you join SGS?

Carlo Bozotti: In 1977 on February 1. It was my first real job and I had done 41 years and 4 months when I retired. The company found the original employment contract that I signed and gave it back me when I retired. I worked at Castelletto on power semiconductors. I am a power guy at heart. ST still has the facility and I went there recently. Now it is focused on smartpower technologies.

eeNews: Can you remember what you did on your first day at work?

Carlo Bozotti: Not really, but my first job at SGS was measuring the performance of transistors we were producing and making sure they matched the requirements. We had a 3-inch fab there for production. Castelletto is important to me because it was the first phase of my career; my first trip to the United States was to discuss power transistors and my first time in an airplane was a flight down to Catania [SGS manufacturing site in Sicily].

Castelletto was an R&D fab for power semiconductors and I remember I had access to a curve tracer for measuring I-V characteristics and, of course, it was very different to how it is now. I had something that was partly an office and partly a measurement lab and was employed as product and applications engineer for the next three years.

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