Robin Saxby

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Sir Robin Keith Saxby (born 4 February 1947) FREng[1] was Chief Executive and then Chairman of ARM Holdings which he built to become the dominant supplier of embedded microprocessor architectures.

Early life[edit]

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".[2] 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.[3] He was Chief Executive from 1991-2001, then Chairman from 2001-6.


Saxby is a chartered engineer, an Honorary fellow of the FIET and a Fellow[1] of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[1] He has honorary doctorates from the University of Liverpool (where he is a visiting professor), Loughborough University,[4] the University of Essex, Nottingham Trent University and Anglia Ruskin University.[5]

He received the Faraday Medal of the IEE (now the IET). He was knighted in the 2002 New Year's Honours List. He became President of the IET on 1 October 2006[6] and stepped down on 30 September 2007.

In 2013 he presented the IET prestigious Pinkerton Lecture.

He was President of the Old Cestrefeldians Society 2012/13.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He married Patricia Bell in 1970. They have a son and a daughter.

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Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Sir John Chisholm
President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Succeeded by
John Loughhead