Pebble Beach, California–Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) has presented its second-annual Bob Graham Awards for outstanding contributions in the field of semiconductor equipment and materials marketing to Barry Rapozo, president of Tokyo Electron America, and James Healy, president of ASAT, Inc.
The Bob Graham Award was established to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to customers through the creation and/or implementation of marketing programs that enhance customer satisfaction and further the growth of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry. The award is named in honor of the late Bob Graham, the distinguished semiconductor industry leader who co-founded Intel and who helped establish industry-leading companies Applied Materials and Novellus Systems.
Rapozo is recognized for his outstanding abilities in relationship-building and in cross-cultural business development. Active in the semiconductor industry for more than 32 years, Rapozo has excelled in “bridge-building,” forging business and personal relationships built on trust and mutual respect.
Healy is recognized for his career-long leadership in advancing the sales, marketing and development of test equipment and processes. Healy was an early proponent of the idea that the cost of test plays a critical part in lowering the overall cost of manufacturing semiconductors and he help pioneer sales and marketing strategies that focused on customer cost benefits in test.
“Barry and Jim have made contributions to our industry that far-outweigh their skills at sales and marketing. They have brought to their companies and to their customers innovative thinking and new approaches to doing business, advancing new equipment, new processes, and the industry as a whole,” says Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI.
Rapozo has been president of Tokyo Electron America (TEA) since April 1997. Prior to joining TEA, he held several senior management and executive positions with KLA Instruments, Eaton, TRE Corp., and GCA Corp. At KLA, he served as general manager of the advanced electron beam technology SemSpec division and as vice president of international operations. During his tenure as vice president, he helped establish and grow KLA’s overseas presence and develop strategic partnerships in Japan, including with TEA’s parent, Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL).
Healy has been president of ASAT, Inc. USA since March 2000. He also serves as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for its parent, Hong Kong-based ASAT Ltd. Prior to joining ASAT, Healy held several executive-level positions, including executive vice president of sales and marketing and general manager of the WOW business unit at FormFactor, Inc., president and CEO of Genus Corp. and president and CEO of Credence Systems. Healy co-founded and served as president of Trillium Corp. in 1982 and also served as director of operations for GenRad Semiconductor Test, Inc. Healy’s career in the semiconductor industry began in the Test Systems Division of Fairchild Semiconductor, where he worked for more than 15 years in various sales and marketing positions.
Eligible candidates are nominated by their industry peers and are selected by an award committee comprised of members of the Sales and Marketing Executive Council of SEMI (SMECS).