Lars is executive vice president and CTO for NXP Semiconductors. As CTO, Lars is responsible for managing new business activities and R&D in the automotive, industry 4.0, internet of things (IoT), mobile, connectivity and infrastructure focus markets. Before joining NXP as head of automotive strategy in 2008, Lars gained deep insight into the microelectronics industry. He began his career with Siemens Semiconductors. His past roles at Infineon included head of the process and product engineering departments, project manager for mobile system chips and director of IP management. At Continental, Lars was responsible for business development and product management within the connectivity business unit. In 2012, Lars was appointed CTO of Automotive at NXP and in December 2018, he was appointed NXP’s CTO with responsibility for the overall technology portfolio. Lars earned a degree in physics from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn and an MBA from London Business School.