The news of Ploss' retirement from the Infineon command bridge is actually not a big surprise - already during the recent presentation of the current annual figures, Ploss and journalists joked together about this topic and the possible successor. The successor, it is now becoming clear, sat on the podium during the presentation of the figures and acted clueless.
Hanebeck, like Ploss, is an "Infineon offspring". Since he started working for the company in 1994 as a development engineer in the DRAM development department, which was still part of Siemens at the time, he has had a steep career with numerous positions, including President of Infineon's Automotive Division. In 2016, he was appointed to the company's board of directors; as COO, his responsibilities include Logistics, Quality, Customs and Procurement as well as Production. As such, the chipmaker's strong market performance is likely due in large part to his skill.
"We are very pleased to present Jochen Hanebeck, an outstanding expert both in the semiconductor industry and of course in Infineon, for the position of CEO," said Dr. Wolfgang Eder, Chairman of Infineon's Supervisory Board. In the coming months, the details of the change at the top of the company will be determined together with Ploss. "With Jochen Hanebeck as CEO, the company will continue its success in the undoubtedly very challenging times ahead." Eder thanked Ploss for his "extraordinarily successful" work at the helm of Infineon. "He has led the company into the global top ten. Thanks to his visionary power, and equally to his personal prudence, Infineon is today excellently positioned as a technology leader worldwide in high-growth markets," Eder praised.
"I have known Jochen Hanebeck for many years as a competent and reliable colleague," said Ploss. "He is very familiar with our industry and its challenges and I am proud that Infineon's course will continue to be determined by a member of the current