Ajit Manocha is chief executive officer of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Appointed in 2011, he has strong executive experience in the semiconductor industry, most recently as executive vice president of worldwide operations and a member of the executive management board at Spansion. In that role, Manocha managed global integrated circuit manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing for its semiconductor division. Manocha also served as an advisor to the Advanced Technology Investment Corporation (ATIC), GLOBALFOUNDRIES' investor.
Earlier Manocha was executive vice president and chief manufacturing officer at NXP Semiconductors (formerly Philips Semiconductors). Manocha has also worked at AT&T Microelectronics and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Manocha began his career as a research scientist and was granted over a dozen U.S. and international patents for several inventions in the field of technology for microelectronics, including one for anisotropic etching, a process for treating very-large-scale, patterned integration lithographic masks to retain their shape during processing of VLSI wafers.
Manocha currently serves on the boards of directors for SVTC Technologies and the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA). He also serves on the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) board and will be the 2013 board chairman. He previously sat on the boards of International Sematech, the Crolles Alliance, and ASMC, and has also served as chairman of the board of directors of SSMC in Singapore.
Manocha holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Delhi and a master's degree in physical chemistry from Kansas State University.