Robin Saxby

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Sir Robin Saxby
Sir Robin Keith Saxby FRS.jpg
Robin Saxby in 2015, portrait via the Royal Society
Born Robin Keith Saxby
(1947-02-04) February 4, 1947 (age 68)
Institutions ARM Holdings
Alma mater University of Liverpool
Notable awards FRS (2015)

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 and education[edit]

Saxby 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.[4]

Honours and awards[edit]

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,[5] the University of Essex, Nottingham Trent University and Anglia Ruskin University.[6]

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[7] 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.[8] Saxby was elected a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Saxby married Patricia Bell in 1970. They have a son and a daughter.[8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "List of Fellows". 
  2. ^ "Q5: Sir Robin Saxby, chairman of ARM". Electronics Weekly. February 24, 2006. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ The Andrew Davidson Interview: ARM chairman steps down, but not out Sunday Times May 28, 2006
  4. ^ "Robin Saxby Ph.D.: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Businessweek. Retrieved 2015-03-24. Sir Robin Saxby, Ph.D. served as the Chief Executive Officer of Arm Inc. 
  5. ^ Peter Day (4 June 2007). "An Evening with Sir Robin Saxby". IET. Retrieved 2015-03-24. Sir Robin Saxby FREng BEng CEng HonFIET was involved in the founding of ARM and served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since joining the company full-time in February 1991. 
  6. ^ ISMS. "Anglia Ruskin University's Honorary Graduate Site". Retrieved 2015-03-24. Sir Robin Saxby is a highly respected engineer, manager and entrepreneur. He was born in Derbyshire, educated at Chesterfield Boys Grammar and obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) from Liverpool University where he is now a Visiting Professor. 
  7. ^ IET press release
  8. ^ a b "OUR 2012 PRESIDENT: Sir Robin Keith Saxby" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  9. ^ [ Royal Society page
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Sir John Chisholm
President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Succeeded by
John Loughhead