Executives from Q-Cells and Suntech Join SEMI Board

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Executives from Q-Cells and Suntech Join SEMI Board

Zhengrong Shi

Gerhard Rauter

The SEMI International Board of Directors recently added two new members by appointing Zhengrong Shi, Ph.D., founder, chairman and CEO of Suntech Power Holdings, and Gerhard Rauter, COO and member of the Executive Board of Q-Cells SE. They represent the first appointments of PV solar manufacturers to the SEMI board and the first appointment of a SEMI board member from China.

Joining Professor Eicke R. Weber, director, Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems on the board, Rauter and Shi enhance the breadth and depth of the SEMI leadership expertise dedicated to global PV market and technology issues. Currently, SEMI serves member interests in the solar industry through the PV Group, a SEMI special interest group comprised of over 400 member companies and supported by Regional Advisory Boards around the world.

“Many of the crucial issues facing the solar PV industry today — including standards, technology roadmaps, open markets, and industry advocacy — increasingly require global perspectives and solutions,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “With the election of Gerhard Rauter and Zhengrong Shi, the PV Group’s ability to positively affect PV markets worldwide, along with the growth and profitability of our members, will be greatly enhanced.”

In addition to naming the two new voting board members, the SEMI International Board of Directors bestowed honorary emeritus board member status upon former SEMI chairman and industry pioneer Ed Segal. Segal, director of Simax Global Services and advisor to Confluence, was named an emeritus director of SEMI. From 1995 to 2004, Segal was chairman and CEO of Metron Technology. He also served for 10 years on the SEMI International Board of Directors, including a term as chairman (2005-2006).


“In recognition of his great dedication and many contributions to SEMI and our global membership, I am also delighted to honor our long-time friend and industry advocate Ed Segal as a distinguished emeritus member of the SEMI Board of Directors,” said Myers. “For more than a decade, Ed supported SEMI as a board member. He was a tireless advocate for our members and is only the 10th person in the nearly 40-year history of our association to earn this distinction.”

The global industry association's 19 voting directors, three non-voting ex-officio and 10 emeritus directors, represent companies from Europe, China, Japan, Korea, North America and Taiwan, reflecting the global scope of its activities. The association's charter stipulates that individuals may be elected as voting members of the board for a total of four two-year terms and non-voting ex-officio members for a total of three one-year terms. Rauter and Shi were appointed by the SEMI board to fill two vacated board seats and will be eligible for re-election by regular vote of the membership in 2011.

January 5, 2009