Jonathan Davis - Innovation at Risk: The Industry Talent Challenge

Session 3: Start-Up Business Strategies

Innovation at Risk: The Industry Talent Challenge
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
2:15 PM - 2:35 PM

Innovation is the lifeblood of the high tech manufacturing sector – and human capital is the essential catalyst to sustain it. Qualified high-skilled people and new means to attract and retain them are essential to the sustainable success of sectors that produce ever-more pervasive semiconductors, MEMS, sensors and flexible / hybrid electronics. There is increasing evidence of an industry talent crisis and greater motivation for SEMI and its members to do something about it. Directly related to this phenomenon is the fact that women are disproportionately underrepresented within the semiconductor industry workforce. This presentation will cover current SEMI programs to encourage STEM education and greater awareness of careers in high tech manufacturing; assessment of a deepening talent challenge; and planned SEMI workforce development initiatives to address recruitment, retention and diversity within the electronics manufacturing value chain.

Speaker's Biography

As Global Vice President of Advocacy, Jonathan Davis works to ensure that the interests of SEMI members are represented on critical public policy, government relations, regulatory, and workforce development issues. Previously, he served as President of SEMI’s Semiconductor IC Business Unit, responsible for all business unit operations, including SEMICON expositions, SEMI International Standards, and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). He has also served as President of SEMI North America and Executive Vice President of Global Expositions, Communications, Marketing, and EHS.  Prior to joining SEMI in 1992, Davis worked at HNTB, a national architecture and engineering firm. He earned a professional degree in architecture from the Kansas State University College of Architecture and Design, and studied at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


Jonathan Davis
VP of Global Advocacy