• Jan 1, 1934
    (b.) - ?

Bio/Description

Born in western Pennsylvania, in the town of Warren, north of Pittsburgh, his parents had emigrated from Italy. After graduating from High School in June of 1952, he entered Purdue University Engineering School in September. He graduated from Purdue in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then went to work for Sylvania in their TV division out of Buffalo New York; however, within a month, he got his notice to go take a physical for the draft. He volunteered to go in the army and spent two years in the Chemical Corp in Edgewood, Maryland making munitions. He was discharged in October 1958 when the semiconductor industry was just getting underway. He went to work for CBS Hytron, which changed eventually to become CBS Electronics. They were an offshoot of the Columbia Broadcasting System which wanted to get into high technology, so they bought the CBS Hytron Factory, which was one of the factories that was established during the Second World War to provide tubes for the needs of the military. He joined them just as they had just started their semiconductor operation. He has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. He has been a Director of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. since 1989. He served as the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Energy from 1993 to 1995. He served as an Executive Officer of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. He served as an Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President of Planning & Development and Chief Administrative Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation from 1991 to 1996. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maxtor Corporation. He held executive management positions at Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. and Motorola Semiconductor. He founded the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and served as its Chairman. He served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Apple Computer Inc. from March 1996 to May 1997, and then joined SIA. He directs and oversees SIA programs focused on public policy, technology, workforce, international trade and government affairs, environment safety and health, and communications. He has been a Special Advisor at Jazz Technologies Inc., since 1997. He serves as the Chairman of the Board and President of Network Equipment Technologies Inc. He has also been a Special Advisor of Acquicor Technology Inc. since 1997. He served as the Chairman of the Board of the Semiconductor Research Corporation. He has been a Director of Intermolecular, Inc. since December 2004. He has been an Independent Director of MindTree Consulting Pvt. Ltd. (later MindTree Limited) from October 24, 2006 to March 31, 2012. He has been a Director of ATMI Inc., since September 7, 2010. He serves as a Director of SEMATECH Inc. and serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and Nantero, Inc. He served as President of the Semiconductor Industry Association from June 1997 to July 17, 2010 and serves as its Director. He also served as a Director of Isuppli Corporation. He served as a Director of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He served on the Boards of American Electronics Association and the Bay Area Economic Forum. He serves as a Member of the Joint High-Level Advisory Panel of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission. He served on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He participates on advisory committees of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and the California Council on Science and Technology. He was awarded Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Purdue in 2002. In November 4, 2010 he, as President Emeritus of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), was named the 2010 winner of the semiconductor industry’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the microelectronics industry. It was said by Ray Stata, chairman of Analog Devices, Incorporated and Chairman of SIA, “George Scalise shaped policies that propelled the semiconductor business to become America’s number one export industry and enabled U.S. semiconductor companies to remain the global innovation leaders. George has had an extraordinary career in business and public policy, and without him, the semiconductor industry would not be the engine of innovation, high-wage jobs and economic growth that it is today. George defended the industry against attacks by foreign competitors, helping the United States to maintain its worldwide sales and technology leadership. George Scalise is a true icon in the semiconductor industry, and so it is only fitting that he should join the ranks of other great leaders in receiving our industry’s highest award.” He served as Deputy Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from January 2001 to May 2003 and its Chairman from May 2003 to December 2005.
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    Jan 1, 1934
  • Noted For:

    Defender of the semiconductor industry against attacks by foreign competitors, helping the United States to maintain its worldwide sales and technology leadership
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