SEMI Announces Management Changes, Reorganization

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SEMI Announces Management Changes, Reorganization

Jonathan Davis becomes president, Semiconductor IC Business Unit; Karen Savala assumes role of president, SEMI Americas

SAN JOSE, Calif. – August 12, 2010 – SEMI, the global industry trade organization for micro and nano-manufacturing, today announced a reorganization into three dedicated business units for IC manufacturing, photovoltaic (PV), and Emerging and Adjacent Markets. As part of the organizational changes, SEMI announces that Karen Savala succeeds Jonathan Davis as president of SEMI North America, and Davis will assume the new position, president of the Semiconductor IC Business Unit.

Approximately one year ago, the SEMI Board of Directors initiated a process to review and recommend potential changes to the mission, charter, scope, operations, and organization of the global trade organization. As part of this analysis, during the recent Board of Directors meeting the Board approved a reorganization into three business units to achieve better accountability and improved member service in the primary market areas of semiconductor ICs, PV solar, and related markets such as high-brightness LEDs, MEMS/MST, and printed and flexible electronics. The three new business units will be responsible for developing and delivering member services on a global basis through SEMI regional offices based in China, Europe, India, Japan, Korea, North America, Russia, Taiwan and Singapore.

Jonathan Davis, formerly president of SEMI North America, will now serve as president of the Semiconductor IC Business Unit with global profit and loss responsibility for the business unit, including all SEMICON expositions, market research and statistics programs, and SEMI International Standards. Karen Savala, formerly vice president of Member Services, will replace Davis as president of SEMI Americas, and assume responsibility for serving member needs and delivering member services, including public policy advocacy, in the United States and pan-Americas region. Dan Martin will continue to lead the PV Group, now recognized as a dedicated SEMI business unit, assisted by Bettina Weiss who will take on new global responsibilities as executive director, PV Group. Tom Morrow will direct the activities of the Emerging and Adjacent Markets Business Unit, in addition to his duties as vice president of Global Expositions and chief marketing officer.

“These changes are intended to more effectively and efficiently address the increasing complexity and diversity of member needs serving the IC, PV, LED, MEMS, and other markets,” said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “While all these areas share a common process technology base and need for effective supply chain collaboration, these changes are intended to enable more responsive and specialized products, services and leadership in the multiple industries that SEMI members now serve.”

About SEMI

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

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