Semiconductor industry veteran Frans Scheper has led Nexperia from a commodity business to a global innovator. The Wevolver community asked him their most burning questions.
After earning his MBA from IMD Lausanne, Frans Scheper started his career at IBM. He went on to become Vice President Corporate Strategy & Alliances at Philips, one of the largest electronics companies in the world. Later, after his role had grown to CMO and Senior Vice President, Frans had a leading role in the transition of Philips Semiconductors into NXP as an independent company.
With NXP Frans created a trusted brand in the semiconductor industry. After the spin-off, he stayed for 11 years at the new company. As the Executive Vice President and General Manager of NXP’s Standard Products division, revenue grew to $1.2 Billion dollar.
The Standard Products division developed and produced Discrete, Logic, and Power MOSFET semiconductors, and it focused on the Automotive, Industrial, Computing, Consumer, and Wearable application markets.
In 2017, under Frans Scheper’s leadership, the division was divested from NXP to enable it to grow on its own, while NXP continued to focus on its High-Performance Mixed Signal business.
As an independent company, Nexperia owns 5 factories: 2 wafer fabs in Hamburg, Germany and Manchester, UK, as well as assembly centers in China, Malaysia, and the Philippines. They produce over 90 Billion units per year. According to Nexperia, virtually every electronic design in the world uses Nexperia parts.
The company is headquartered in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where I spoke with Frans Scheper on behalf of the Wevolver community.
Prior to my conversation with Frans, we invited the Wevolver community to submit their most burning questions via our social media channels. A selection was made of the most informative, frequent, or interesting questions.