Intensifying its focus on analog foundry processing capabilities, Dongbu HiTek’s Semiconductor Division announced that Felicia James has joined the company as Strategy Director of its Analog Foundry Business Unit (AFBU), a new position reporting to Lou N. Hutter, SVP and GM of the Unit.
The Korean foundry’s recruitment of Ms. James, a widely recognized analog and mixed-signal expert, closely follows appointments of four other chip industry veterans, namely, Dr. Badih El-Kareh, Dr. Howard R. Test, Mr. Toshiaki Taniguchi and Mr. Yoichi Okumura.
The Unit continues to implement analog intensive chips that enable power management (PMIC), LED driver (LDI), DC/DC converter, data inverter, motor driver and audio amplifier applications. The AFBU is still recruiting industry experts, currently interviewing seasoned analog technology professionals to fill the Unit’s Quality & Reliability Analysis function.
“We look forward to Ms. James applying the full measure of her product development and management skills to strengthen both our supply chain infrastructure and strategic 3rd party relationships,” said Hutter.
Felicia James brings to the company 27 years of experience working with semiconductor design and processing technologies, and has held senior management posts at several major companies. She was previously the VP of Business Development for Microtech Labs and also holds a BSEE from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Badih El-Kareh comes to Dongbu HiTek with more than 40 years chip technology experience. El-Kareh worked previously for nine years with a cross-functional team at Texas Instruments and has earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Stuttgart in Germany where he was also a Post-doctorate fellow.
Dr. Howard R. Test arrives with more than 40 years semiconductor industry experience. Prior to joining Dongbu HiTek, he served as an Engineering Manager at Texas Instruments; he earned both Ph.D. and Master’s Degrees in Physics from Texas University.
Toshiaki Taniguchi has 40 years of sales/marketing experience and was posted most recently as GM of Sales & Marketing for Nippon Denso Ind. Co., Ltd., one of Dongbu HiTek’s distributors.
Yoichi Okumura, a seasoned chip designer, has 32 years’ experience in the industry. He comes to Dongbu HiTek from Universal Device Technology Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) and earned his Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from Nippon University in Tokyo.