R.L. Chen Named Acting President of SEMI China
SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 13, 2009– SEMI today announced the appointment of Rong Ling (R.L.) Chen as the acting president of SEMI China. Chen assumes responsibility for the association’s programs, products and services in China. He will maintain relationships with SEMI members, government and academia in the region. He will also support SEMI international programs and serve SEMI members from all regions that have interests in China. Chen succeeds Mark Ding, who is leaving SEMI to launch a new company. Ding will remain an advisor to SEMI until a permanent replacement is appointed.
Prior to joining SEMI as acting regional president, Chen served as chairman of the SEMI China regional advisory board. Chen previously served as vice president of Applied Materials, Inc. and Chairman of Applied Materials China. Prior to joining Applied Materials in 1984, Chen worked at Tianjin Semiconductor Device Factory. He holds a degree in semiconductor device and materials technology from Zhe Jiang University, Hangzhou, China and was a visiting scholar at Louisiana State University and University of Maryland majoring in semiconductor process technology and IC design.
“Over the past five years, Mark Ding has been an energetic and charismatic leader with numerous contributions to the growth and success of SEMI members in the region,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Mark demonstrated a great entrepreneurial spirit as the regional head of SEMI China. It is therefore natural that he now wishes to apply that spirit to his new business enterprise. We thank him for his years of service and wish him similar success in his new venture."
"We are both fortunate and honored that R.L. Chen has agreed to serve as acting president during this transitional period," said Myers. "R.L. has had an illustrious career in the Chinese semiconductor industry and possesses great familiarity with SEMI members and operations in the region."
SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Bangalore, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.