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Published on April 15, 2024

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ON Semiconductor (ON) Long: 97.9% Alpha Based on CEO Ability

On March 26, 2021, ManagementTrack recommended a long position on ON Semiconductor (ON), predicting the company’s performance would significantly benefit from the leadership of CEO Hassane El-Khoury. ManagementTrack’s unique process, combining investigative journalism with a deep dive into executive backgrounds, identified El-Khoury’s prior success and fit with ON’s strategic needs as key indicators of potential outperformance.

ManagementTrack’s Investigative Process

  1. Interviews with Peers: Conducted in-depth interviews with former colleagues and board members who worked closely with El-Khoury, gathering insights into his leadership style, strategic vision, and operational effectiveness.
  2. Analysis of Prior Success: Reviewed El-Khoury’s tenure at Cypress Semiconductor, focusing on his track record of driving value through strategic realignments and operational efficiencies.
  3. Evaluation of Fit: Assessed how El-Khoury’s skills, experience, and leadership approach aligned with ON Semiconductor’s strategic challenges and opportunities.

Why ManagementTrack Believed They Would Succeed

  1. Strategic Vision: El-Khoury’s history of identifying and capitalizing on market opportunities in the semiconductor industry was seen as directly applicable to ON’s growth strategy.
  2. Operational Excellence: His proven ability to streamline operations and improve margins at Cypress was expected to translate into significant improvements at ON.
  3. Leadership and Culture: El-Khoury’s leadership style, characterized by setting aggressive goals and holding teams accountable, was anticipated to invigorate ON’s corporate culture and drive performance.

Outcome and Performance

The recommendation to go long on ON Semiconductor was validated as the company generated 97.9% alpha between the recommendation date and the close date. This exceptional performance was attributed to El-Khoury’s strategic initiatives, which aligned perfectly with ManagementTrack’s initial analysis.

Key Takeaways

  1. Executive Impact: The case underscored the significant impact a well-matched CEO can have on a company’s performance, validating ManagementTrack’s emphasis on executive analysis.
  2. Strategic Alignment: El-Khoury’s experience and strategic vision were perfectly aligned with ON’s needs, highlighting the importance of fit between an executive’s skills and the company’s strategic direction.
  3. Validation of Process: The success of this recommendation served as a strong validation of ManagementTrack’s investigative process, combining fundamental analysis with deep executive insights.


The ON Semiconductor case study exemplifies the power of ManagementTrack’s unique approach to investment analysis, focusing on the pivotal role of executive leadership in driving company performance. Hassane El-Khoury’s successful leadership at ON not only delivered outstanding returns but also reinforced the value of integrating deep executive insights with traditional investment analysis.

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