PARIS Mario Rivas, Philips Semiconductors' executive vice president, will resign effective May 1 for personal reasons, EE Times has learned.
Rivas, currently responsible for Philips Semiconductors' communications business, is also a member of Philips Semiconductors' executive management team.
According to memo signed by Frans van Houten, Philips Semiconductors' CEO, Rivas will serve as an advisor to Philips Semiconductors for the remainder of the year.
The company did not return calls seeking comment. Rivas was believed to be leaving the company due to his wife's illness.
Rivas, who held design, management and senior executive positions at Motorola prior to joining Philips in April 2001, was instrumental in strengthening the Dutch semiconductor company's position in a booming multimedia mobile phone chipset market and forging critical relationships with leading cellphone makers.
Before heading the company's Communications Businesses unit, Rivas was responsible for supply-chain management foundries, assembly and test operations and information technology.