LONDON – The ST Foundation, an independent charitable organization created by STMicroelectronics, has appointed Pietro Fox as chairman. Fox takes up the position previously held by the prime instigator of the organization, Carlo Ottaviani, who passed away in January of this year.
Fox spent most of his professional career with STMicroelectronics before
retiring in 2000. Since then, Fox has worked with several charities.
The ST Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), created in 2001, sets up projects for sustainable development and to overcome the "digital divide" in developing countries.
"We set up the ST Foundation ten years ago, spearheaded by its first chairman Carlo Ottaviani, as a key plank in ST's goal to deliver excellence in corporate social responsibility," said Carlo Bozotti, president and CEO of STMicroelectronics, in a statement. "As an ST veteran with an additional track record in aiding human progress in less privileged communities, Pietro Fox has our full confidence and support to drive the foundation on to even greater heights."
The Digital Unify program works with local partners, such as schools, NGOs and local administrations, to set up computer training centers. Since its inception in 2003, the program has delivered free computer education and access to more than 110,000 beneficiaries. Countries in which Digital Unify programs are running include: Burundi, Congo, Ethiopia, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Uganda, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Nepal, India and Thailand.
About Pietro Fox
Born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1938, Pietro Fox began his professional career in
1958 at Standard Telephones & Cables in the UK, where he worked as an
applications engineer in the semiconductor field. Soon after this, he returned
to his native country of Italy and began his career at ST in 1964 in product
marketing at SGS-Fairchild, a forerunner company of STMicroelectronics. During
his career with ST, Fox took on several product marketing and senior management
roles in both the U.S. and Europe, including becoming the general manager of
SGS-Thomson Microelectronics in Germany in 1976, and vice-president of the telecom business unit for Europe in 1997, culminating with his appointment as corporate vice president for ST's Europe region in 1998.
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