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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – July 14, 2010 – SEMI today announced the results of its annual elections, and the appointment of Richard P. (Rick) Wallace, president and chief executive officer of KLA-Tencor Corporation, to the position of chairman of the industry association's International Board of Directors. Tetsuo (Tom) Tsuneishi, vice chairman of the board, Tokyo Electron Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, and Yong Han Lee, chairman of the Wonik Group, Seoul, Korea, were newly elected to the association board. The elected board members officially took office at the annual SEMI membership meeting, held Wednesday, July 14, during the SEMICON West 2010 exposition in San Francisco.

Rick Wallace succeeds J.C. Kim, representative director and chairman, Edwards Korea Ltd., who served as SEMI chairman for the past year. In addition, the association’s executive committee appointed Douglas Neugold, CEO and president of ATMI, to the position of vice-chairman of the board.

"On behalf of SEMI and its members, I am pleased to welcome Tsuneishi-san and Yong Han Lee to the SEMI International Board of Directors," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "We are also fortunate to confirm Rick Wallace and Doug Neugold as the new chair and vice-chair. Their industry leadership and strategic insight will benefit SEMI, our worldwide membership and the industries we serve.”

“For nearly 40 years SEMI has served to advance the semiconductor industry’s collective agenda, working to drive progress on important matters such as strengthening IP enforcement, developing globally accepted technical standards, and advocating for the industry on critical public policy issues,” said Rick Wallace, newly appointed SEMI chairman and CEO of KLA-Tencor. “Today, our industry has reached a critical juncture and it will be increasingly important for SEMI to evolve. SEMI must continue to meet the historical needs of the industry but must also look forward to address the emerging challenges and opportunities. It's a very exciting time to be part of this critical organization."

In accordance with the association's by-laws, the following board members were re-elected: Toshio Maruyama, chairman, Advantest Corporation; Osamu Nakamura, vice president and executive officer, Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation; Steve Newberry, president and CEO, Lam Research Corporation; Richard Wallace, CEO, KLA-Tencor; and Prof. Eicke Weber, director, Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems.

Robert Akins, chairman & CEO, Cymer, Inc.; JC Kim, representative director and chairman, Edwards Korea Ltd.; and Kosei Nomiya, chairman, Ultratech K.K. were elected to a first term as ex-officio members of the SEMI board. Franz Richter, president and CEO, Thin Materials AG was elected to a third term as an Ex-Officio member of the SEMI board.

SEMI’s 18 voting directors, four non-voting ex-officio members and nine emeritus directors, represent companies from Europe, China, Japan, Korea, North America, and Taiwan, reflecting the global scope of the association’s activities. The SEMI charter stipulates that individuals may be elected by the general membership as voting members of the board for a total of four (4) two-year terms and non-voting ex-officio members for a total of three (3) one-year terms.

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, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

Association Contact:

Steve Buehler/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7049
E-mail: sbuehler@semi.org

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