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He was born in 1947 in Derbyshire and was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School, a boys' grammar school. He attended the University of Liverpool, where he gained a BEng degree in Electronics in 1968.
Saxby had an electronics kit at the age of eight and a TV repair business at the age of 14. Reflecting on this in 2006, he considered himself "destined for the electronics industry". He worked at Rank Bush Murphy, Pye, Motorola and Henderson Security. Immediately prior to his appointment at ARM, he worked at European Silicon Structures.
In 1991 he joined Cambridge-based ARM as their first CEO and built it to "a global giant" with offices round the world. He was Chief Executive from 1991-2001, then Chairman from 2001-6.
Saxby is a chartered engineer, an Honorary fellow if the FIET and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Liverpool (where he is a visiting professor), Loughborough University, the University of Essex, Nottingham Trent University and Anglia Ruskin University.
In 2013 he presented the IET prestigious Pinkerton Lecture.
President Old Cestrefeldians Society 2012/13
He married Patricia Bell in 1970. They have a son and a daughter.
Notes and references
- "Q5: Sir Robin Saxby, chairman of ARM". Electronics Weekly. February 24, 2006. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
- The Andrew Davidson Interview: ARM chairman steps down, but not out Sunday Times May 28, 2006
- IET press release
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