IMEC today announced that
its board of directors has named Luc Van den hove as IMEC's new President and
Chief Executive Officer. Gilbert Declerck is elected as member of the Board
of IMEC International. In addition, he will continue to serve IMEC as Executive
Officer, concentrating on key governmental and industrial relations and on strategic
advice. Changes will become effective on July 1, 2009.
Luc Van den hove has spent his entire career at IMEC, where he started as a
team leader in silicide and interconnect technologies research. In 1988, he
became manager of IMEC’s micro-patterning group (lithography, dry etching).
As of 1998, he led as Vice President the Division of Silicon Process and Device
Technology. Since 2007, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Anton De Proft, Chairman of IMEC’s Board, commented: “The board
is excited to have Luc Van den hove as new CEO. Luc combines strong personal
skills with experience, having served in several senior leadership roles at
IMEC. He has been instrumental in bringing IMEC’s silicon scaling research
program to a world-leading research partnership in semiconductor technology.
We look forward to working closely together with him and his team.
We also want to thank Gilbert Declerck for his outstanding contribution to
IMEC during his 10 year tenure as CEO. His achievements are stellar and his
dedication, his hard work and his warm leadership have been inspirational to
all of us in the board and to the whole IMEC organization.”
Luc Van den hove said: “It’s a great honor to manage one of the
world's greatest research centers, with a proud history of 25 years of innovation
and outstanding talent. Under Gilbert’s management, IMEC has grown into
an internationally renowned institute with solid partnerships around the world.
Since my start at IMEC, I have closely teamed with Gilbert and I’m looking
forward to continue this fruitful collaboration and to build further on its
success. By connecting technology and industry through research partnerships
as initiated by Gilbert, I’m confident that IMEC will play an important
role in providing leading-edge nanotechnology R&D which will enable solutions
for a sustainable society.”
Gilbert Declerck stated: “I’m proud of what IMEC is today. By providing
independent and quality research, IMEC has become probably the world’s
largest research partnership in IC technology scaling and has extended successfully
in areas like photovoltaics and biomedical electronics.
I have decided to pass on my responsibilities as CEO, but I will continue to
serve IMEC in my new role. I have known Luc for many years and I am confident
that under his leadership, IMEC will continue to grow and prosper. Luc is the
ideal person to sustain our leadership position in chip scaling research, while
expanding IMEC’s activities towards more application-oriented research
in areas such as biomedical and energy. I’m really excited to support
Luc in his new role and to further collaborate with IMEC to achieve its ambitious