New Osram Opto semi CEO comes from BMW

February 15, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
New Osram Opto semi CEO comes from BMW
Osram Opto Semiconductor (Regensburg, Germany) has a new CEO. He comes from BMW, an important customer of the lighting company. His curriculum vitae exemplifies how closely semiconductor technology, automotive technology and IT are interlinked today.

Dieter May will assume the role of CEO at Osram Opto Semiconductors from 1 May. May succeeds Aldo Kamper, who was appointed CEO of cable system manufacturer Leoni AG last year. May currently works for the vehicle manufacturer BMW, where he has built up the "Digital Services and Business Models" division since 2014.

Before joining BMW, the CEO-to-be of Osram Opto Semiconductors held various positions at telecommunications provider Nokia in Berlin and Helsinki. The common feature of these positions was the development of new digital business models and platforms. Before joining Nokia, he worked for chip manufacturer Infineon, where his responsibilities included business development for discrete semiconductors as well as overall corporate strategy. May gained the necessary experience at the consulting company Booz & Company, chip manufacturer Motorola and IBM. In the latter case, the microelectronics engineer led an automatic fault analysis project for electron beam-based chip testing.

May takes the job on the command bridge at Osram Opto Semiconductors at a difficult moment: the company is just reporting severe dents in its sales statistics; 300 employees will have to leave soon. The parent company Osram Licht AG is also maneuvering in the rough – as recently as yesterday the company admitted that it was looking for an investor for 100% of the shares.

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