World’s best female entrepreneur is Belgian
The Belgian Françoise Chombar, CEO of Melexis, has received the ‘Global Prize for Women Entrepreneurs’ in New York. The prestigious prize rewards the most successful career woman.
The leading lady of chip producing company Melexis was chosen out of 30 nominates from 14 countries on 4 continents.
The jury, consisting of several business women working in Europe, Asia and the United States, focused on four criteria: economic performance, positive impact on society, disruptive innovation and promotion of female entrepreneurship. Chombar scored best on all criteria.
136 million euro profit
Melexis was founded in 1988 and became one of the four world leading companies specialized in semi-conducting sensors for the automotive sector. Melexis, with headquarter in Tessenderlo (Belgium) and a development site in Ieper (Belgium), has 1.400 people on its payroll, in 14 countries.
Last year turnover was 512 million euro, 12% more than the year before. Profit was 136 million euro, one fifth more than in 2016.
Melexis launches on average one new product per month, the jury said. “Its technology contributes to the development of safer, smarter and more energy-efficient cars.”
The jury also praised Chombar’s efforts to promote women in the engineering sector, demonstrated by the composition of the company’s board (60% women) and it’s management team (40% women).
Françoise Chombar is married to Rudy De Winter, CEO of X-Fab. The business couple sits on the 23rd place in the list of ‘Richest Belgians’, with an estimated fortune of 1,19 billion euro.