Takashi Kumagai to Become President of SEMI Japan

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Dennosuke Uchida, Industry Veteran and 10-Year SEMI Japan President, to Retire After 2005

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 20, 2005 -- SEMI today announced that Takashi Kumagai will be appointed to the position of president of SEMI Japan. Kumagai will succeed Dennosuke (Dennis) Uchida, who served in the role since joining the global industry association in 1994. Uchida will assist in the transition of responsibilities to Kumagai and becomes president emeritus on July 1, 2005. He will continue to report to SEMI president and CEO Stanley Myers and serve as a senior advisor on international strategy.

Takashi Kumagai has become a SEMI employee and reports to Myers. Effective July 1, Kumagai will assume full responsibility for the 40-person SEMI Japan office and oversee the association’s programs, products and services in the region. He will be responsible for relationships with SEMI members as well as industry, government and academia in Japan. Additionally, he will support SEMI international programs and serve SEMI members from all regions that have interests in the Japan market. Notable among the major event responsibilities of the SEMI Japan office are the SEMICON Japan exposition, FPD International (organized in cooperation with Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.), global standards activities, ISS Japan and SEMI Forum Japan.

"I'm very pleased to have Kumagai-san join SEMI Japan as one of the leaders of our global management team. He joins our other regional presidents in China, Europe, Korea, North America and Southeast Asia in guiding our activities in the major markets for microelectronics, display and nanotechnology," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Kumagai-san has important industry experience, management expertise and familiarity with multi-cultural working environments."

Kumagai was previously a senior director, corporate operation for Applied Materials Japan, Inc. He joined Applied Materials Japan in 1994 as a project manager for chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) products and in 1996 became general manager of Applied's CMP division in Japan.

Prior to his tenure with Applied Materials, Kumagai served in various management, engineering and quality control positions at Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. including executive vice president, Nissan Forklift North America, for which he oversaw operations in Illinois, USA from 1990-1994. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo University.

"Dennis Uchida has had a long and distinguished career in the semiconductor industry and, for the past decade, has made numerous contributions as the president of SEMI Japan," said Terry Higashi, chairman of the SEMI International Board of Directors and chairman and CEO of Tokyo Electron Limited. "The SEMI membership and our strong constituency in Japan honor Uchida-san for his years of dedication to the semiconductor and display industries which experienced many dramatic changes in the past decade, especially in Japan.

"Making SEMICON Japan one of the world premier expositions during this extremely difficult time, strong and longtime dedication for the establishment of 300mm large wafer global standards, accelerating SEMI FPD activities in Asia resulting in the creation of Global FPD Partners Conference which ended this March with great success are just a few of Uchida-san’s contributions,” said Higashi.

"It has been a great honor to serve the many SEMI members in Japan and around the world. I sincerely thank the many industry people and SEMI staff that have contributed to the quality of programs, products and services from SEMI Japan," said Dennis Uchida. "I congratulate Kumagai-san on his appointment and add my good wishes for his continued success. I look forward to retirement and continued service to SEMI global headquarters on an advisory basis as needed."

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.


Jonathan Davis/SEMI
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E-mail: jdavis@semi.org