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Gilles Delfassy (born 22 July 1955) is a French American business executive and electrical engineer. He is known for leading Texas Instruments' (TI) wireless terminals business unit from its inception in 1995 until his retirement in 2007.[1], growing it into a multibillion-dollar operation and the leading supplier worldwide of semiconductor chips for mobile phones[2][3].[4]

He serves as member of the board of directors at ON Semiconductor[5] since August 2015. He also serves on the board of directors at Cavendish Kinetics since November 2014 ,[6] He is Chairman of the Board at Kalray S.A. since April 2014.[7] He is Chairman of the Board at e-Lichens since June 2018.[8]


Delfassy received an Engineering Diploma at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electronique et d’ Automatique de Toulouse in 1977. He then graduated in Business Administration from Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Paris in 1978.[9]


Delfassy was senior vice-president and general manager of the Wireless Business Terminals Unit at TI at the time of his retirement in 2007, after nearly 30 years at the company. Delfassy built an operation that included the introduction of Locosto,[10] a new single-chip cell phone,[11] which brought affordable cell phones for the first time to people in emerging economies such as China, India and Africa.[12] Under his leadership, TI's OMAP platform was developed and launched, enabling multimedia on cellphones[13] and broadening wireless capability beyond voice.[14]

Delfassy served as president and CEO of ST-Ericsson from 2009 until 2011.[15][16]


Delfassy is a member of the board of directors at ON Semiconductor since August 2015.[5] He also serves as a member of the board of directors at Cavendish Kinetics since November 2014[6], He is the chairman of the board at and Kalray S.A. since April 2014.[7] He is also chairman of the board at e-Lichens since July 2018.[8]

Previously, he served on the boards of directors at Imagination Technologies[17], Sequans Communications[18], Movea[19], Spansion[20], Decawave[21], Discretix[22] and ANADIGICS, where he was also interim chairman and CEO[23]. He has served on the venture advisory board of 3i.[24]

Awards and honors[edit]

On May 12, 2019, Gilles Delfassy received the "Global Industry Leader Award" at ChipEx2019[25], the largest annual event of the Israeli microelectronics industry. Delfassy was recognized specifically for establishing the chipset for smartphones at Texas Instruments, encouraging innovative innovation and technological developments in the wireless industry.[26]

Recognizing in particular the investments and acquisitions in research and development for Wireless semiconductor solutions, TI received a European Investment Project Award at the World Investment Conference[27] held in La Baule, France on May 27, 2004. Delfassy accepted the award on behalf of the company.[28]


  1. ^ Williams, Elisa (May 21, 2001). "Mixed Signals". Forbes. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Pringle, David (May 2, 2002). "Chip Makers Strive to Overtake Market Leader Texas Instruments". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Hesseldahl, Arik (February 13, 2002). "Intel's New Rival: Texas Instruments". Forbes. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Koenig, David (February 13, 2006). "Texas Instruments says new chip will add power to cell phones". Midland Reporter Telegram. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Gilles Delfassy director ON Semiconductor". ON Semiconductor. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Company also Appoints Gilles Delfassy to Board of Directors". Cavendish Kinetics. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "New leadership in place at KALRAY along with $8 million funding" (PDF). Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "eLichens Board of Directors Appoints Gilles Delfassy as New Chairman of the Board". Business Wire. June 12, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Executive profile Gilles S. Delfassy". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Shen Daniel, Yu Carrie (February 16, 2006). "TI respects MediaTek for gaining market share on the low-end, but the company expects to ship millions of its own Locosto low-cost solution". DigiTimes. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  11. ^ McCarthy, Jack (January 24, 2005). "Nokia to produce single-chip mobile phone from Texas Instruments". InfoWorld. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Parthasarathy, Anand (November 9, 2003). "World's first single-chip mobile phone solution on the cards". The Hindu. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "Texas Instruments New OMAP3 Architecture Will Spark Development of a New Class of Mobile Phones". Design & Reuse. February 14, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "Texas Instruments Wireless Manager Gilles Delfassy to Retire". Texas Instruments. January 19, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "ST-Ericsson Board of Directors appoints wireless expert Gilles Delfassy as President and CEO". Ericsson. September 2, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  16. ^ Rahn, Cornelius (November 28, 2011). "ST-Ericsson Names Lamouche New Chief on Smartphone Plan". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  17. ^ Clarke, Peter (July 6, 2012). "Gilles Delfassy joins board of Imagination". EE Times. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  18. ^ "Gilles Delfassy joins board of Sequans". Sequans. June 28, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  19. ^ "Movea Appoints Gilles Delfassy as New Chairman of the Board" (PDF). iSource. July 2, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "Silicon Valley Pioneer Don Lucas Named Spansion's Chairman of the Board; Semiconductor Veteran Gilles Delfassy Joins Board". Cypress. September 24, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  21. ^ "DecaWave appoints Gilles Delfassy as Director". DecaWave. September 30, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  22. ^ "Board of Directors". Discretix. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  23. ^ Steffora Mutschler, Ann (August 18, 2008). "Retired TI exec Delfassy takes helm at ANADIGICS". EDN. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  24. ^ "Barcelona 2008 3i Venture Advisory Board Meeting" (PDF). martinhaemmig. February 14, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  25. ^ "The annual event of the Israeli semiconductor industry". ChipEx. Advanced Systems Group. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  26. ^ Blizovsky, Avi. "Three of the world's most senior semiconductor industry won the "Global Industry Leader" for 2019". Chiportal. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  27. ^ "World Investment Conference". ResponseSource. March 25, 2004. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  28. ^ "Texas Instruments Receives European Investment Project Award at World Investment Conference in La Baule, France" (PDF). Texas Instruments. June 7, 2004. Retrieved March 27, 2019.