You may be wondering, “What’s next for you, Aart?”
My first task is completely clear: support Sassine, support Sassine, support Sassine! After that, I intend to ‘re-invent’ myself for Synopsys. It’s both exciting and I have some trepidation at the same time!
Let me offer you a glimpse into what I am thinking… Caution! Work in progress; but here we go:
The role of the CEO is fairly clear: be on top of ‘WHAT WE DO’ and deliver on the company’s ambition. That’s Sassine! In contrast, going forward, my deep aspiration goes to the ‘WHO WE ARE’: the people, the culture, the relationships inside and outside; in one word: our vitality.
Actually, since ‘Yes, if…’ became our Synopsys mantra, ‘vitality’ has become my favorite word for what we aspire to be!
High vitality -
You feel it, when you have it!
You feel it, when you meet it!
You feel it, when you share it!
The aspiration of vitality is both internal with our teams at Synopsys, and external with our brand, our industry, and as a positive force in the world.
What is so cool is that the ‘who’ and the ‘what’ of a company multiply each other. That’s why Sassine and I will do our utmost to work seamlessly for the best of Synopsys, for our employees, our customers, our eco-system partners, our shareholders, and the semiconductor industry!
In the early days of Synopsys, when the impact of our first product, synthesis, was exploding, one of our teammates loved to cite a Walt Kelly line from the Pogo comic strip, “We are surrounded by insurmountable opportunities!”
I feel exactly the same today. Let’s make it happen again!