Piero Martinotti, born in Vercelli (Italy) has got his Master in Electronic Engineering at the “Politecnico” of Turin; he is married with three children and three grand-children.
Piero began his working career at SGS as Application and Marketing Engineer. In 1968, he moved to Motorola Semiconductors with the responsibility of Strategic Marketing for Europe and in 1975, he became Marketing & Sales Director for Europe. He held this position until 1979, when he left Motorola to join Weber Carburatori, a company belonging to the Fiat Group, as Managing Director. In March 1981, he was back to the semiconductor world and to SGS to take the responsibility of the growing MOS Division which he kept till October 1985, when he became Corporate Director for Technology and Strategy.
In April 1986, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in Innovative Silicon Technology, the ASIC company belonging to the SGS Group, a position he kept through the creation of the SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics, the international semiconductor Group born in 1987 as a result of the merger of Thomson Semiconducteurs and SGS Microelettronica.
In November 1990, Piero Martinotti was called back to the Corporation, to take charge of Corporate Strategic Planning of SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics, which changed its name to STMicroelectronics in May 1998. In this position, he was at the heart of the growth of the Group till it posted a symbolic net profit in 1992 first, and then a substantial one in 1993.
In April 1994, Piero Martinotti was appointed General Manager of the New Ventures Group, a unit created to identify, evaluate and incubate new opportunities to lead ST into new business segments. Inter alia conceived and launched the ST Design in India and Czech Republic and, before retiring from ST, planned and guided the spin-off of an ST internal Biometric unit, into UPEK, a fabless corporation of USA, in the Biometric Fingerprint Recognition System arena.
Piero is currently an independent Hi-Tech business advisor as well as a board member in several companies.
Since the early 70’s Piero, in parallel to his professional duties, has been engaged in several humanitarian projects, which has lead him to Board seats at CIAI (Centro Italiano Aiuto all’Infanzia) of Italy, and more recently at the Pistorio Foundation of Switzerland.