A brilliantly frank interview with Kurt Sievers. During the session Kurt shares his professional experience, advice to stay ahead in business, and illustrates the rapid transformations happening within the automotive industry - "a fascinating, thrilling and fantastic challenge". Dennis Shuler meets Kurt to talk this, and much more in our latest edition.
Kurt currently serves as EVP and General Manager of the Automotive Business for NXP as well as Managing Director at NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH. Before helping speed the robot uprising, Kurt earned a master’s degree in physics and information technology from Augsburg University and a master’s of business administration degree from the Ashridge Business School.
During his 21-year career with Philips (whose “Philips Semiconductors” division would eventually become NXP semiconductors) and NXP, Kurt gained a proven track record in the development, marketing, sales and general management of semiconductor solutions, with experience across a number of market segments. Now heading up automotive, Kurt oversees the technology that may one day soon allow you to just ask your car to take you somewhere as you sit back and relax.
In addition to his NXP duties, Kurt is Chairman of the Electronic Components and Systems division at the German National Electrical and Electronics Industry Association ZVEI and he chairs the Advisory Board of the international trade-fair Electronica. He also serves as a board member of PENTA, AENEAS and CATRENE, the networking and innovation clusters for application and technology research in Europe on nano-electronics.
An experienced senior-level human resources executive, Dennis has over three decades of business experience specialising in strategy development and deployment, building high performance organisations and with large-scale mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
He has worked at some of the world’s most admired companies, across multiple industry sectors, as Chief Human Resources Officer for Walt Disney, Kellogg, Scripps Networks Interactive and NXP Semiconductors. In addition, he held senior executive positions at Procter and Gamble in the United States and the United Kingdom. Currently, Dennis serves as Executive Chairman of Kinetic Consulting NA and President, Core Strengths Management Consulting in Cincinnati, Ohio.