Françoise Chombar (Melexis) wins the Vlerick Award 2016

Tonight Françoise Chombar, CEO of Melexis, has won the Vlerick Award 2016. The audience – who was able to vote both via internet as well as live at the event – chose her, because she led her company as business leader in its market segment with sustained results to the top.

The central theme of the award is "Legacy & Promise": each of the nominees runs a company with a proud history and valuable legacy that must be safeguarded. At the same time, the company must also continue to develop and grow in order to fulfill the promise of the future.

Almost 400 alumni, former winners and nominees, and VIPs attended the 16th Vlerick Award that took place on Thursday June 2nd at Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels. The other nominees were:

  • Ann & Bart Claes (JBC)
  • Eric Domb (Pairi Daiza)
  • Rudi Pauwels (Biocartis)

Françoise Chombar (°1962) is the co-founder and has been the CEO of Melexis for 12 years. Before that she had been the COO of the company for 6 years.

Melexis is a mixed signal semiconductor manufacturer. It designs, develops, tests and markets advanced integrated semiconductor devices for the automotive industry. The core experience supplying ICs for automotive electronics sustains the expansion into Application Specific Standard Products for industrial and consumer product applications. The company enthusiastically pursues its role as a component supplier whose innovations are the essential element in nearly every one of its customers’ extraordinary systems. This is also reflected in the company’s slogan “We engineer the sustainable future”. Melexis’ products include sensor, communication, actuator ICs and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). The company employs about 1,100 employees worldwide and has its corporate headquarters in Belgium.

Before starting at Melexis, Ms Chombar worked for Elmos (a semiconductor vendor) in Germany, where she was responsible for Production Planning and Customer Service. She also worked for Elex group, where she had many different functions such as purchasing officer.

Ms Chombar is also an active member on the advisory board of the STEM Platform, aiming to encourage young people to follow a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics education. Next to that, she has been a mentor for the SOFIA Women’s Network for 17 years, a mentoring, networking and educational programme for women working in management in the profit sector. During the past 5 years she’s been committed to promoting female access to directorship roles within Belgian enterprises (public and private) through her membership of the Woman on Board organisation.
Ms Chombar has a Master’s Degree in interpreting (Dutch, English and Spanish) from University Ghent. She has been an Honorary Ambassador for Applied Language Studies for the university since January 2012.

About Vlerick Alumni

Vlerick Alumni, a non-profit organisation, is the official alumni organisation of Vlerick Business School. The organisation represents 20,000 alumni in 100 countries worldwide. Almost all of the alumni are active at management and director level within international and national companies and organisations. Vlerick Alumni's mission is to encourage Vlerick's former students in their growth, both personally and in companies and in society through professional networking and lifelong learning.

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