(January 6, 2011) — SEMI appointed Debasish Paul Choudhury to the position of president of SEMI India, effective January 15, 2011. Choudhury will succeed Sathya Prasad, who is leaving SEMI but will continue to participate as a member of the SEMI India PV Advisory Committee through the management transition.

Choudhury assumes full responsibility for SEMI operations in India and will oversee development of the association’s programs, committees, products and services in the region. He is responsible for relationships with SEMI members as well as industry, government, academia and other local associations in India. Additionally, he is charged with supporting SEMI members from all regions that have interests in SOLARCON India and the region’s burgeoning photovoltaic manufacturing supply chain. Also read: SEMI News and Views by Jonathan Davis

"This is a critical time for India’s high-technology manufacturing future," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, "with a rapidly developing solar PV supply chain, a growing global role in semiconductor development and consumption, and a promising future in emerging high-growth markets such as high-brightness LEDs. Debasish Choudhury will bring valuable industry experience that will be a tremendous asset for India industry and SEMI members."

Debasish Choudhury brings over 16 years of management, industry information and exposition planning experience to SEMI. Choudhury previously served as Country Manager and Regional Editor for Trafalgar Publications Ltd. and was responsible for the South East Asia editions of Global SMT & Packaging magazine and Global Solar Technology magazine. He launched the online edition of the Global SMT & Packaging magazine and was also instrumental in launching the online version of Global Solar Technology magazine. He was the website editor of Global Solar Technology.

From 1998 to 2008, Choudhury was a general manager in the Electronics Business Group of Exhibitions India, where he started Solar Tech India, a solar technology trade show, as well as numerous other trade events dedicated to the technology, electronics and financial services industries.

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