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SMIC appoints Hua Hong NEC executive at new CEO

08 August 2011 | By Mark Osborne | Going Places

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Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, the former President and CEO of Hua Hong NEC Electronics has been selected as the new CEO and Executive Director of SMIC, effective immediately. Dr. Chiu has over 27 years of experience in the industry.

"My mission is to further improve SMIC's operations, customer support, technology offerings, and market competitiveness, while continuing to develop long-team strategic relationships with key customers. I envision that SMIC in the future will play a more important role in the world semiconductor foundry sector, while maintaining its leadership position in the China," commented Dr. Chiu.

The CEO position was made available after boardroom disputes and loss of support for David Wang from key investors.

Prior to joining SMIC as CEO and Executive Director, Dr. Chiu was President and CEO of Hua Hong NEC Electronics Company Limited, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation, President and COO of Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hua Hong International Management Shanghai Co., Ltd., President of Hua Hong Semiconductor International Shanghai Co., Ltd., Senior Vice President of Shanghai Operations at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), and Senior Director of Fab Operations at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC).

He began his career in the United States with AT&T Bell Laboratories, rising to become the department head of its High Speed Electronics Research Department. Dr. Chiu holds a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an executive MBA from Columbia University. A senior member of the IEEE, Dr. Chiu holds ten semiconductor technology patents with three patents still pending, and has published thirty technical articles.

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