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ST communications chief Carlo Ottaviani passes away

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Carlo Ottaviani, STMicroelectronics NV's corporate vice president for communications, has passed away.

With a career spanning the semiconductor age, Ottaviani will be remembered by journalists and industry analysts as a reliable and accommodating provider of information on Europe's leading chipmaker STMicroelectronics. Serving under the leaderships of former CEO Pasquale Pistorio and successor Carlo Bozotti, Ottaviani has relentlessly worked to build and maintain what has always been a fundamentally considerate and decent corporate culture at STMicroelectronics.

Carlo Emanuele Ottaviani was born in Voghera, Italy in 1943. He studied political science at the University of Milan (Universit? degli Studi di Milano) and electronics at Istituto A. Beltrami of Milan.

Ottaviani began his professional career in 1965 in advertising and public relations with SIT-Siemens (now Italtel) and soon took over responsibility for the communication activities of the associated semiconductor company ATES Electronic Components. When ATES merged with SGS in 1971, he took charge of marketing communications of the newly formed SGS-ATES, a predecessor company to STMicroelectronics. In 1975, Ottaviani was appointed head of corporate communication worldwide, and he maintained this responsibility with the merger of SGS Microelettronica with Thomson Semiconducteurs in 1987.

In addition, Ottaviani was one of the prime movers in, and subsequently the president of, the STMicroelectronics Foundation, a non-profit organization created by the corporation to develop, coordinate, and sponsor social projects, including a worldwide computer literacy program called Digital Unify.

Having met with Carlo Ottaviani at many events over the years, I can say he was rarely without a smile and a kind word for the many people he met. He never acquired any of the self-important airs that senior executives often do as they endlessly circle the globe in pursuit of business. Ottaviani was a professional and a gentleman, whose approach to other people was without doubt a contributor to the success achieved by STMicroelectronics.

He will be missed by colleagues and by many co-professionals around the world.

Peter Clarke
EE Times

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