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Future Horizons adds India to market watch

01 December 2009
Pradeep ChakrabortyFuture Horizons has entered the India market by signing up Pradeep Chakraborty as an affiliate. Chakraborty is a former Executive Editor of CyberMedia India Online Ltd (CIOL). Malcolm Penn, Chairman and CEO, Future Horizons regards Chakraborty as knowledgeable authority on semiconductors. He specialises in semiconductors as well as electronics applications and telecoms research and will represent Future Horizons in India and help promote the sale of documents, the Start Up Service, as well as Future Horizon’s International events, including the International Electronics Forum (IEF 2010) in May next year.

Voltaix names Mark Fine as interim CEO from Jan. 2010

24 November 2009
Mark FineMaterials provider to the semiconductor and solar industries Voltaix has announced an executive management change as company founder and CEO Dr. John P. de Neufville has resigned his post. Remaining in the role of president, chairman and chief scientist for the company, Dr. de Neufville will be replaced in the CEO role on an interim basis by Mark K. Fine (left) from January 1, 2010. Matthew Stephens, COO, has also announced that he is departing the company to pursue other opportunities. Read more >>

Daniel Armbrust named president and CEO of Sematech

18 November 2009
SematechDaniel Armbrust, former vice president of 300mm Semiconductor Operation, has been named president and Chief Executive Officer of Sematech. Armbrust will be replacing Michael R. Polcari, who has held the position since February 2003. Polcari succeeds OB Bilous as chairman of Sematech's Board of Directors. Read more >>

IBM veteran Nicholas Donofrio joins AMD‚??s board

18 November 2009
Nicholas DonofrioAMD has added industry veteran and 44-year employee of OBM, Nicholas Donofrio, to its board of directors. Initially working as a logic and memory chip designer, Donofrio moved to lead IBM’s technology strategy as executive vice president and IBM fellow prior to retiring from the company in 2008. Read more >>

Interim Chairman appointed at GlobalFoundries as Ruiz departs

03 November 2009
Although the fledgling foundry did not say why the former head of AMD and its first Chairman, Hector Ruiz was leaving the company on a ‘voluntary leave of absence effective immediately,’ Ruiz was to have stood down in his role in January, 2010. An interim Chairman, Alan Ross will take over the role until a permanent Chairman has been appointed by the board. Ross, the former CEO of Broadcom was a current board member. Read more >>

NXP adds to management team

23 October 2009
R. ClemmerBetween them bringing more than 20 years of management experience in the semiconductor industry, Kurt Sievers and Frans Scheper have joined the NXP Semiconductor management team as general manager for the automotive business and general manager for the standard products business, respectively. The appointments were made to further the company’s strategic High Performance Mixed Signal (HPMS) technology development. Read more >>

Dr. Ben Tsai joins Ultratech Board of Directors

15 October 2009
Dr. Ben Tsai, KLA-Tencor’s Executive Vice President, and CTO has been appointed to serve as a member of Ultratech’s Board of Directors. Ultratech chose Tsai due to his 23 years of experience at KLA-Tencor and is a key member of its executive management team and deep technological insight and a valuable global perspective into future trends. Read more >>

SEMI Europe honours 3 standards committee members

12 October 2009
Middle: Jean-Marie CollardThree members of different standards committees were honoured recently by SEMI Europe. Jan Rothe of Globalfoundries, Jean-Marie Collard from Solvay and Wolfgang Sievert, now retired from Honeywell. The awards were given in the presence of over 220 industry executives at the 3rd Executive Summit during SEMICON Europa, held last week in Dresden, Germany. Read more >>

Halla retiring from National Semiconductor

12 October 2009
Brian HallaBrian Halla will retire as Chief Executive Officer of National Semiconductor at the end of November, remaining as Executive Chairman of the company. He will also retire from the Board of Directors at the end May, 2010, exactly 14-years after joining the company. Donald Macleod will replace Halla, currently National's President and Chief Operating Officer. Read more >>

MEMC appoints new executives to run semiconductor and solar business units

09 October 2009
MEMC Electronic Materials has shuffled its senior management with the aim of having executives responsible for its two core markets, semiconductor and solar. Ken Hannah, who has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2006, has been promoted to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of MEMC and President of MEMC Solar Materials. Hannah will therefore be responsible for all sales and manufacturing operations for polysilicon and solar wafers.