Françoise Chombar

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Françoise Chombar
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BornMay 1962 (age 60)
Alma materGhent University
  • CEO
  • Semiconductors
  • Businesswoman
TitleCEO, Melexis
Term2004 -
PredecessorRudi de Winter

Françoise Chombar (born May 1962) is a Belgian businesswoman. She is the current CEO and one of the original founders of the Semiconductor device company Melexis. She took over as a CEO from her husband and co-founder Rudi de Winter in 2004,[1] having previously served as the Chief operating officer of the company since 1997.[2] She is also a Chairperson non-executive board member for Soitec[3] and Umicore,[3] and a member of the Advisory Board at Byteflies.[3]

She has a master's degree from Ghent University in interpreting Dutch-English-Spanish.[2]

STEM and gender equality work

Françoise Chombar is the president of STEM Platform, an independent advisory body to the Flemish Government on children's Science, technology, engineering, and mathematicseducation.[4] She also promotes gender equality through involvement in organizations including Women on Board, an association that aims to give women better access to directorial roles in Belgian companies,[5] and SOFIA Academy, a networking program for female managers and entrepreneurs in Hasselt University,[6] where she has been a mentor for 17 years.[5]


In 2016, she won the Vlerick Award, given out by the Vlerick Business School for excellence in management. It was the first time the management award was won by a female entrepreneur.[7]

In 2018, Chombar was awarded the BNP Paribas Global Prize for Women Entrepreneurs,[6] and was named the ICT Personality of the Year by Belgian magazine DataNews. She was also awarded a Science Fellowship at Vrije Universiteit Brussel-VUB the same year.[8]

In 2019, Chombar received the Flemish Community Honor for her work as a STEM and gender balance advocate[9] and was named the Limburg Entrepreneur of the Year by Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg.

In 2020, she was elected to Inspiring Fifty Belgium, a list of the 50 most inspiring women in the Belgian technology sector.[3]


  1. "Is Melexis NV's (EBR:MELE) CEO Overpaid Relative To Its Peers?". Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Françoise Chombar (Melexis) wins the Vlerick Award 2016 - Vlerick Business School". Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Inspiring Fifty Belgium: Françoise Chombar". Inspiring Fifty Belgium. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  4. "Françoise Chombar, STEMinist: "Meisjes even geschikt voor wetenschap en techniek als jongens"". HLN. 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2021-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Junko, Yoshida (2017-11-17). "Françoise Chombar: 'Doing better is good; doing good is better'". EE Times. Retrieved 2021-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Flemish CEO wins global entrepreneurship award | Flanders Today". Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  7. "Françoise Chombar wint Vlerick Award". De Tijd (in Nederlands). 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  8. "#ZigZagHR-Brainpickings: Waarom we meer gematigde stemmen nodig hebben - met Françoise Chombar - #ZigZagHR". #ZigZagHR (in Nederlands). 2020-11-30. Retrieved 2021-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Laureates chosen for Flemish Community Honours | Flanders Today". Retrieved 2021-01-29.

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