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20 CEOs in the electronics industry you should know


We love being inspired by people with a vision, high expertise and ambition to continuously improve. Here are 20 CEOs of outstanding companies in the field of electronics. Read, be inspired and connect with them!

1. Tobias Pohl

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Tobias Pohl studied automotive and mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich. After his graduation, bringing with him visionary leadership and innovative solutions, he founded CELUS. СELUS is the world's first electronics engineering automation company that makes the work of engineers 90% easier and guarantees added value with its complex library management. 

2. Aram Mirkazemi

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Aram Mirkazemi has a long and influential history at Altium, leading Altium Limited as CEO since 2014. Previously, he was Altium's Chief Technical Officer, Senior Executive Vice President of Engineering, as well as other leadership positions within the company since the early 1990s. We want to highlight that under Mirkazemi's leadership Altium has become the fastest-growing EDA company. 

3. Dr. Wally Rhines

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(Former) President and CEO of Mentor Graphics, Dr. Wally Rhines, is widely recognized as an expert in business value creation and technology for semiconductor and electronic design automation (EDA). Mentor Graphics was taken over by Siemens in 2017, when Wally Rhines devoted himself to other tasks. Since January 2021 the company is renamed to "Siemens EDA". Before joining Mentor Graphics, Raines was executive vice president, among various other positions, at Texas Instruments (TI) Semiconductor Group. Rhines received the 2015 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to EDA, presented by the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESDA), and the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA). 

4. Dr. Andrew Anagnost

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Dr. Andrew Anagnost is the president and CEO of Autodesk, having been appointed to the position in 2017. Over the last 24 years he has been holding various executive positions across Autodesk. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, as well as a Masters of Science in Engineering and a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University. These impressive degrees allow him to have a extensive and high expertise for CAD programs from Autodesk. 

5. Phil Gallagher

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During his time at Avnet, Phil Gallagher held leadership positions in sales, marketing and operations and was named CEO in 2020. Prior to his CEO position, he was the Global President of Avnet’s Electronics Components business. Formerly, Gallagher was the President of the National Electronic Distributors Association and currently serves on the advisory board of Women in Electronics.

6. Thomas Wild

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After graduation in business administration, Thomas Wild held leading positions at Wagener & Simon WASI GmbH & Co. KG as well as Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG and has been working successfully for the Würth Group since 2001. Becoming the СEO in 2019, he continues to be responsible for finance, controlling, reporting and administration worldwide.

7. Glenn Smith

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Hard work, attention to detail and extensive customer service experience have made Glenn Smith a leader in the North Texas business community since 2004, when he was promoted to president and CEO of Mouser Electronics. In 2019 he has been named the Top Public CEO by Fort Worth Business Press. Mouser Electronics offers the widest and newest selection of semiconductors and electronic components.

8. Dave Doherty

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Before joining Digi-Key, Dave Doherty started his career in engineering at Digital Equipment Corp and held management positions at Toshiba and Exar. In 2008, he joined the Digi-Key leadership team until he became President and Chief Operating Officer of Digi-Key Electronics in 2015. Moreover, Dave Doherty has been awarded the ECIA North Star Award by the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) at their annual Executive Conference in Chicago.

9. Rich Templeton

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Rich Templeton joined the company in 1980 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering on the Union College in New York. He started his career in the sales department at Texas Instruments, climbed up the career ladder and became president and CEO of the entire Semiconductor company in 2004. He led TI to be the world leader in analog integrated circuits, while maintaining the company's strengths in embedded systems and digital signal processing. In addition, he supports Southern Methodist University and Southwestern Medical Foundation.

10. Ralf Bühler

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Ralf Bühler's previous career step was in the Executive Management Team of Conrad Electronics. He was named CEO from 1 January 2021, succeeding Werner Conrad. His aim in the new position is to support the Conrad Electronic SE development and strengthen work in the B2B field. Before that, Bühler was responsible for sales, marketing and e-commerce worldwide at Farnell and played a key role in reshaping the company. Prior to that, he has also successfully introduced new business models and their consistent implementation at companies as STMicroelectronics, Cree and Littelfuse.

11. Robert Miller

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Robert Miller is the CEO and founder of Future Electronics. He was born in 1943 and co-founded the company at the age of only 25, after graduating from Rider University. He bought out his partner after 8 years and pushed his company to be one of the world's largest electronics distributors. The Canadian is a self-made billionaire.

12. Dr. Reinhard Ploss

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Dr. Reinhard Ploss has been a member of the Management Board of Infineon Technologies AG since 2007 and is mandated until 31 December 2022. He has been CEO since October 1 in 2012. Reinhard Ploss was born in 1955 in Bamberg. He studied process engineering at the Technical University of Munich and did his doctorate in 1990. He started his career at Infineon in 1986, which during that time had been part of the Siemens AG until 1999.

13. Dr. Volkmar Denner

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Dr. Volkmar Denner is a true Bosch-man. After he had done his doctorate in physics in Stuttgart, he started his career at Robert Bosch GmbH. There, he held many leading position and was named CEO in 2012. Volkmar Denner was born in 1956 in Uhingen, a city in Baden-Württemberg. Besides his job, he is a member of the Managing Board of the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry) as well as the BBUG (Baden-Baden entrepreneurs' conference).

14. Andreas Haller

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Andreas Haller is the fifth generation to run the family company Haller GmbH & Co. KG, which has been existing since 1882. Within this corporation, he founded and heads Quantron AG as their CEO. His vision is to establish e-mobility in regional and inner-city transports.

15. Dr. Guido van Tartwijk

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Dr. Guido van Tartwijk is the current CEO of Heliatek GmbH since 2 years and 5 months. Additionally, he is a member of the OE-A, the Organic and Printed Electronics Association. He studied Physics in Eindhoven and Amsterdam and finished it with a PhD. Also, he visited the Wharton School in Pennsylvania and studied executive leadership. Before Heliatek, he has a history of management positions at Tridonic, Momentum Capital and Philips Lighting as CEO or Senior Advisor.

16. Joe Nelligan

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Joe Nelligan studied Electrical Engineering in Notre Dame, Indiana, and Finance/Marketing in Chicago before he started his career at Molex. Beginning in Singapore as Senior Vice President, he currently is Chief Executive Officer in Lisle, Illinois since 2018. Molex offers over 100,000 electronic, electrical and fiber optic connectivity systems across a variety of industries.

17. Philip Harting

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Philip Harting took over the HARTING group as CEO from his parents in 2015. His goal is to lead the company further into globalization and digitization. Born in 1974, he started his academic career by studying industrial engineering. Then, he jumped right into the business as a Managing Director at HARTING Hong Kong followed by being Board Member until now. Additionally, he is a member of ZVEI (Germany's Electrical Industry).

18. Annette Heimlicher

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Anette Heimlicher has an extraordinary academic education studying financial and monetary economics in Geneva, Italy, followed by the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as the IMD Business School. This year, she additionally attended the Harvard Business School. Her professional career is in no way inferior being a Member of the Board of Directors at the Chamber of Commerce Fribourg and blueFACTORY AG, Contrinex and INEGRA Holding. Today, she is CEO of Contrinex and part-time Board Member at INTEGRA.

19. Dr. Chiraz Ennaceur

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Dr. Chiraz Ennaceur did her doctorate in mechanical engineering. After her PhD, she worked in the research area of structural health monitoring and non-destructive testing. Subsequently, she worked as Section and Programme Manager at TWI. She founded two companies and is still working as CEO and Co-founder in the second: CorrosionRADAR. CorrosionRADAR’s mission is to the support industry moving from reactive to predictive corrosion management, using cutting-edge technologies.

20. John Xin

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John Xin has been Co-Founder and CEO at Lunewave Inc. since 2017. He studied at the Boston University, the Carnegie Mellon University as well as at the Harvard Business School. He took important career steps at Liberty Mutual Insurance leading him to the position of Head of Strategic Partnership Acquisition at the American Family Insurance Group. Finally, he co-founded Lunewave Inc. developing disruptive antenna and radar sensor technology.