Santa Clara University

Willem P. Roelandts

Willem P. Roelandts

Willem (Wim) Roelandts received his electronic engineering degree from the Rijkshogere Technische School in Anderlecht, Belgium in 1965. He started his career with Hewlett Packard in Belgium in 1967. He held several jobs for HP in Belgium. Wim moved to Grenoble, France in 1975 and continued his career with HP. He moved to HP in the U.S. in 1983. He held several management positions and finished his career at HP as Senior Vice President in charge of HP 's Computer Systems Organization, with responsibility for HP's worldwide computer systems business of about $6B.

In 1996 Wim left HP to become CEO of Xilinx and later also became Chairman of the Board. Under Wim's leadership the company's revenue more than tripled to just under $2B , and increased market share in the programmable Logic Business from 30% to over 50%. During his tenure, Xilinx was nominated several times in the top ten of Fortune Magazine's "100 best companies to work for." Wim retired as CEO of Xilinx in January 2008, but remained Chairman of the Board. He retired completely from the company in August 2009. Wim is active on several company and charity boards. He holds an honorary doctorate from Santa Clara University (2004) and from the Katolieke Universiteit Leuven (2009).