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Named Director Emeritus of the SEMI International Board of Directors on January 11, 2012, he had served as the President and CEO of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) since 1996. SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, LED, display and photovoltaic industries. On April 28, 2011 he announced to the SEMI International Board of Directors of his intention to step back from executive leadership of SEMI. As Director Emeritus, he joined an elite group of industry visionaries who have contributed to the development of the global industry association over an extended period of time. For more than 50 years, he had participated in the semiconductor industry, including 24 years as a SEMI Board member and 15 years as President and CEO of the association. He was chairman of the SEMI International Board in 1993. Prior to his appointment as SEMI President he worked for 17 years at Siltec, based in Salem, Oregon; a manufacturer of silicon wafers. He served as President and CEO of Siltec since 1985, and in 1986 he completed negotiations for the acquisition of Siltec by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation. In July 1996, Siltec officially changed its name to Mitsubishi Silicon America Corporation. Preceding his time at Siltec, he worked for Monsanto Corporation in Cupertino, California from 1975 to 1979. They dissolved the silicon business group, and Monsanto established a global group combining the LED operation of Monsanto and the silicon operation. He was promoted to VP and Director of Operations for Monsanto Electronics Division and he took over the operations of both, which included global responsibility for Europe, Japan and North America. They had a venture with Mitsubishi Chemical Company, and the operations in Kuala Lumpur and in Jakarta, Indonesia as well as in Ghent, Belgium. He sits on the boards of Ecosol, SKW Corporation, and MATEC (Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center). He is also a member of the Engineering Advisory Council of San Jose State University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1960.
Noted For:Former President of SEMI
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