SMC 2014 Speaker - Risto Puhakka, VLSI Research, Inc. - Biography

Risto Puhakka
President 

VLSI Research, Inc.

As President of VLSI Research Inc, Risto Puhakka has responsibility for subscription services, sales, marketing, and business development.  Mr. Puhakka oversees and contributes to ongoing research projects and also spearheads product launches.  He manages VLSI’s advisory activities and regularly supplies advice and analysis to leading companies in the chip making industry, the financial community, the press, as well as various government agencies.  Joining VLSI in 1995, Mr. Puhakka has been an important contributor to VLSI’s success.  Starting as a senior analyst in Chip Making Markets, he has expanded his role through all critical positions within the company.  He has served as Vice President since 1998.  Mr. Puhakka’s prior experience includes sales, marketing, and engineering activities with a global capital equipment manufacturer in Finland . He has earned his MBA from UC Berkeley and MS in Mining and Process Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.