Episode 74

Lessons from the Rapidly Evolving Electronics Industry

Join host Sannah Vinding, the host of the “Mind the Innovation Leadership Podcast,” as she engages in a thought-provoking conversation with industry expert Nigel Watts, President at WPG, EMEA.

In this episode, Nigel shares his insights and expertise on the lessons learned by the electronics manufacturing industry.

Discover how technology, innovations, and the recent global pandemic have shaped the industry’s supply and demand dynamics. Gain valuable knowledge about the continuous growth and challenges faced by the semiconductor industry.

Don’t miss this engaging discussion that offers a glimpse into the future of this ever-evolving industry. Tune in now to gain a deeper understanding of the innovations and lessons that have shaped the electronics manufacturing industry.


Sannah Vinding


Nigel Watts



Key takeaways

Leaders in this industry are under constant pressure to stay ahead and cannot settle for the status quo. By embracing this fast-paced environment, leaders can gain valuable insights from past experiences and use them to drive innovation and success in their organizations.

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Leaders mus learn to look at things from a different perspective and be unafraid to cross boundaries. By adopting this mindset, leaders can explore new approaches and strategies that can lead to breakthroughs and advancements in their industry.

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With the advent of digital media and video conferencing, finding alternative ways to maintain and develop relationships is essential in today’s digital landscape. By prioritizing communication and relationships, leaders can foster collaboration, trust, and success within their teams and with external stakeholders.

 “The electronics industry has changed the world in the past 45 years and will continue to do so in the next 25 years. It is a privilege to be a part of an industry that has such a profound impact on society.”

Nigel Watts

President, WPG, EMEA

“As an innovation leader, I believe in the power of conversation and learning from others. It is through these interactions that we gain valuable insight, feedback, and relevance in our work.”

Sannah Vinding

Leadership & B2B Marketing Strategist, Technical Engineering Expert

Show Notes:

In this episode of the Mind the Innovation Leadership Podcast, host Sannah Vinding is joined by guest Nigel Watts, a seasoned leader in the electronics industry.

Nigel shares his insights on the rapid pace of change in the industry and the valuable lessons it has taught him over the years. Nigel’s journey in the industry has been nothing short of remarkable. From the early days of having a computer in every building, to the industry’s continuous evolution and the enormous impact it has had on our lives, he has witnessed it all.

Nigel’s passion for innovation shines through as he discusses the importance of looking at things differently and taking risks. He truly believes in the power of the electronics industry to shape the world, both in the past and in the future.

But Nigel’s leadership philosophy extends beyond just the industry. He values the dreams and aspirations of his team members, even if it means they may outgrow their current roles. For Nigel, it’s not just about money or titles, but about supporting and empowering individuals to achieve their goals. He finds immense pride in seeing others succeed.

As we delve deeper into the conversation, Nigel reveals his strategies for attracting and retaining talent, particularly the younger generation. He acknowledges the need to balance experience with fresh perspectives, while also adapting to the digital landscape that has become the new norm. The pandemic has brought about significant changes in how we communicate and connect, and Nigel shares his insights on leveraging digital technology while still maintaining meaningful personal interactions.

We also explore Nigel’s own personal growth journey, including his foray into podcasting as a means of expanding his network and becoming a better leader. As a salesperson, he navigates the advantages and challenges of maintaining relationships in the digital realm, offering valuable insights for leaders in any industry.

Join us in this captivating episode as Nigel shares his wisdom and experiences, reminding us of the importance of embracing change, nurturing relationships, and taking the time to plan for the future.

So grab your headphones, sit back, and get ready to dive into the world of innovation leadership with Nigel Watts on Mind the Innovation Leadership Podcast!

Remember to subscribe, like, and share our content. Connect with us on LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram to unlock your leadership potential in the electronics manufacturing industry.

“Retaining people in an organization is not just about money or titles, but about creating an environment where individuals can pursue their dreams and aspirations. Seeing others achieve their goals and knowing that I played a part in that brings me a sense of pride and satisfaction.”

Nigel Watts

President, WPG, EMEA

Nigel Watts

Nigel Watts

Nigel Watts


Nigel Watts is the President at WPG EMEA B.V, a leading company in the electronics and semiconductor industry.

With over 43 years of experience in the field, Nigel has held various roles including engineering, sales, marketing, and corporate management.

He is known for his passion, positive attitude, and commitment to excellence. Nigel is dedicated to driving growth and delivering outstanding customer service.

He is also a co-founder of Axcelled Ltd, where he provided design, sales, and support for the emerging LED lighting market. Nigel’s extensive experience and expertise make him a valuable leader in the industry.

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