John Baekelmans, Managing Director and Vice President, IMEC, The Netherlands
Managing Director and Vice President

As Managing Director and Vice President at IMEC, John is responsible for the overall business and operations which encompasses development of technologies for wireless autonomous sensing solutions, innovative health solutions and flexible electronics in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. Prior to IMEC, John spent 21 years at Cisco where he held various global leadership positions within Engineering, Services and the M&A departments.  He has authored numerous US and European patents, and also co-founded a Belgian residential solutions startup called fifthplay. Before Cisco, John designed, implemented and operated large PBX-networks at Siemens.