SEMI Board of Directors election brings new and familiar faces

July 9, 2012 — SEMI’s annual Board of Directors election results are in, with new directors Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar; Nobu Koshiba, president of JSR Corp.; Sue Lin, vice chairman of Hermes-Epitek; and Natsunosuke Yago, president of Ebara Corp., joining. The re-election of existing board members was also announced. 

The elected board members’ tenure becomes effective at the annual SEMI membership meeting, to be held July 11 during the SEMICON West 2012 and Intersolar North America expositions in San Francisco, CA.

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Douglas A. Neugold, chairman, CEO and president of ATMI, Inc., will continue to serve as SEMI chairman and André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president, CEO and chairman of the Board of Soitec Group, will continue in the position of vice-chairman of the board.

Yong Han Lee, chairman of Wonik, was elected to the position of second vice chair.
In accordance with the association’s by-laws, the following nine board members were re-elected for a two-year term:  Yong Han Lee, chairman, Wonik; Toshio Maruyama, chairman, Advantest Corp.; Osamu Nakamura, CEO and president, Hitachi High-Technologies (Singapore) Pte Ltd.; Douglas Neugold, chairman, CEO and president, ATMI, Inc.; Steve Newberry, vice chairman of the Board, Lam Research Corp.; Mary Puma, chairman and CEO, Axcelis Technologies, Inc.; Tetsuo Tsuneishi, vice chairman of the Board, Tokyo Electron Ltd.; Richard Wallace, CEO and president, KLA-Tencor; and Eicke Weber, director, Fraunhofer Institute.

Robert P. Akins, chairman and CEO of Cymer Inc., J.C. Kim, group director of Edwards Limited, and Kosei Nomiya, chairman of Ultratech K.K , will continue on the Board as non-voting members for one year.

SEMI’s 20 voting directors and 11 emeritus directors represent companies from Europe, China, Japan, Korea, North America, and Taiwan, reflecting the global scope of the association’s activities. SEMI directors are elected by the general membership as voting members of the board and can serve a total of four two-year terms.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. For more information, visit

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