Interview

Meet Charles Smit, chairman of BCSemi NL

Paul van Gerven
Leestijd: 3 minuten

Charles Smit, recently installed as chairman of Business Cluster Semiconductors The Netherlands, hopes to make a clean sweep of Dutch high tech industry organizations and help make the Chip Integration Technology Centre a success.

Working as a corporate lawyer at NXP, Charles Smit had his share of divestments, mergers and acquisitions. Until, while working on one, he was offered “an adventure,” as he puts it. Future CEO Frans Scheper asked him to join the management team of the spin-out now known as Nexperia. Smit figured he would enjoy the change of pace, expanding his management experience outside the legal domain. Plus he had gotten to know the Chinese buyers well while working with them on previous dealings with NXP.

Having served at Nexperia both as general counsel and country manager The Netherlands for several years now, Smit has acquired a taste for the tech world. “I’m not a technologist and never will be, but I enjoy the energy in my current job. At NXP, I would work in the Eindhoven corporate office and would not know much about the company’s products. At Nexperia, I work much closer to the business. I can see things happening,” Smit says.

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