Fari names former physics graduate as its new director

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Fari names former physics graduate as its new director

The Ferrari logo is pictured during the first press day of the Paris auto show in Paris, France on October 2, 2018. REUTERS Benoit Tessier.

On Wednesday, Italian luxury sports car maker Ferrari named Benedetto Vigna as its new director, a former physics graduate who has spent the last 26 years at chipmaker STMicroelectronics. Following are some highlights of Vigna's career.

Vigna, 52, leads the ST Division in charge of sensors and micro-electromechanical systems, the company’s largest and most profitable business in 2020.

The Analog, MEMS and Sensors division of ST, where Vigna was appointed president in January 2016, had in 2020 revenues of $3.89 billion with an operating margin of 20.8%.

Vigna, who holds a degree in Motion-activated physics from the University of Pisa, joined ST in 1995 and oversaw the first steps in MEMS, helping it build its strong market position in sub-human interfaces.

Vigna and his team were among the pioneers in the three axis gyroscope that debuted in the Apple iPhone 4 screen. As users turned the handset around portrait or landscape format, the screen could be adapted to. This sensor technology is now used in all mobile phones as well as ADAS navigation and active safety in cars.

Vigna, a recognized industry leader and innovator, has more than 200 patents on micromachining and has authored numerous publications. In 2013 he won the European SEMI Award and the MEMS Industry Group Executive of the Year Award in Europe.

He joined the MEMS Sensor Industry Group board in June 2019. Since February 2020, Vigna has been a member of the Electronics Cluster Advisory Board for the Agency for Science, Technology and Research of Singapore.

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