|[February 27, 2014]
Wim Roelandts Appointed to Board of Trustees at Santa Clara University
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
A longtime adviser and contributor to Santa
Clara University, Willem "Wim" Roelandts, was appointed to the Board
of Trustees of the Jesuit, private University in Silicon Valley. This
brings to 45 the number of members of the governing body
that helps steer strategies and priorities of the 162-year-old
"We are honored and gratified to welcome Wim Roelandts as a trustee
after his years of dedication and loyalty to Santa Clara," said
President Michael Engh, S.J. "His executive experience, technological
knowledge, and passion for social justice will be great assets to us as
we advance our integrated strategic planning and capital projects."
Born in Lennik, Belgium, Roelandts earned his bachelor's degree in
electrical engineering from Rijkshogere Technische School in Anderlecht,
Belgium, in 1965.
He started his career with Hewlett
Packard (HP) in Belgium in 1967. He held several jobs for HP in
Belgium. In 1975 Roelandts moved to Grenoble, France and continued his
career with HP. In 1983 he moved to the U.S. 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 $6 billion.
In 1996 Roeandts left HP to become CEO of Xilinx
and later also became chairman of the board. Under his leadership the
company's revenue more than tripled to just under $2 billion, and market
share increased in the programmable logic business from 30 percent to
over 50 percent.
During his tenure, Xilinx (News - Alert) was nominated several times in the top 10 of Fortune
Magazine's "100 best companies to work for." Roelandts retired as
CEO of Xilinx in January 2008, but remained chairman of the board. He
retired completely from the company in August 2009.
Roelandts serves as lead outside director and chairman of the
compensation committee of Applied Materials (News - Alert), Inc. He is also a director
of Aruba Networks, Inc. and serves as chairman of the compensation
committee. He is a board member and a member of the compensation
committee of eSilicon, a private company, and is a board member of IMEC,
a Belgian research organization.
He is a board member of the El Camino Hospital Foundation, a member of
the Board of Trustees of the Lincoln Law School in San Jose, and the
chairman of the advisory board of Engineering Pathways to Success at San
Jose State University.
Roelandts holds an honorary doctorate from Santa Clara University (2004)
and from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2009).
Roelandts, 69, and his wife Maria have a long history of service to SCU.
After his years of service on SCU's Center
for Science and Technology Advisory Board, the couple founded the
Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program in
Science and Technology for Social Benefit, which provides nearly $50,000
a year in annual support for awards to students and faculty researchers
whose work emphasizes the use of science and technology to benefit
underserved communities around the globe. Funded projects have included
bamboo housing for Haiti, a motorized bike powered by clean compressed
air, a portable solar/hydrogen fuel cell generator for off-grid
electrification to meet basic needs, and a mobile application that helps
piece workers in developing countries learn if they're getting a fair
Maria Roelandts also has a record of providing scholarship support
through SCU's Board of Fellows.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university
located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California's Silicon Valley,
offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in
arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master's
and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one
of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master's universities,
California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates
faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more
information, see www.scu.edu.
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