SEMI Presents the 2009 North American Government Leadership Award to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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SEMI Presents the 2009 North American Government Leadership Award to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2009 – SEMI today recognized Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with the industry’s 2009 North American Government Leadership Award. The award was presented to the Senator during a lunch on Capitol Hill attended by over 25 industry executives.

“On behalf of SEMI members in North America, we are pleased to present the award to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,” said Jonathan Davis, president of SEMI North America. “During her tenure with the House of Representatives she co-founded and co-chaired the House High Tech Caucus and cosponsored the R&D tax credit legislation. We look forward to her continued leadership in the Senate on high-tech and renewable energy issues.”

The SEMI North American Government Leadership Award was established in 2004 to recognize policymakers in the United States who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on issues and policies that advance the development and growth of the advanced manufacturing industries served by SEMI member companies.

The recipients of the award are selected by the SEMI North American Advisory Board. The award is presented in conjunction with the SEMI Washington Forum, the organization’s annual executive conference in Washington, DC.

“Senator Gillibrand has established herself as a champion for our industry and our policy issues,” said Leo Berlinghieri, CEO and president of MKS Instruments and chairman of the SEMI North America Advisory Board. "Now more than ever we need solid leadership in the Congress to fight for R&D funding for basic research, a permanent R&D tax credit, workforce development, and solar energy.

"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, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Ken Schramko/SEMI North America
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