Umicore appoints An Steegen as Chief Technology Officer

Umicore has appointed An Steegen as its new Chief Technology Officer and as a member of its Executive Committee, succeeding Denis Goffaux who was appointed Executive Vice President, Energy & Surface Technologies earlier this year. She will join Umicore as of 1st October.

An has a PhD degree in Material Science and Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She currently serves as Executive Vice President Semiconductor Technology and System R&D at imec, a leading research center with a focus on nanoelectronics and digital technology innovation that lays the foundation for more personalized healthcare, smarter cities, cleaner energy and more efficient mobility, logistics and manufacturing solutions. Prior to joining imec in 2010, An worked at IBM’s Semiconductor Research & Development center in Fishkill, NY and in the last several years of service at IBM, was in charge of the bulk CMOS technology development.

Commenting on the appointment, Umicore CEO Marc Grynberg said: An is a brilliant materials scientist and has an impressive track record of leading large research organizations. Her competences and experience will nicely complement the unique expertise of Umicore’s scientific community in clean mobility materials and recycling and add diversity to the Executive Committee. I am delighted that An has accepted to join Umicore and I am sure she will help us strengthen our long-term innovation roadmap.

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