Business & High Tech Editors
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 10, 2001--
Industry Leaders Round Out FSA Board of
Directors Adding Growth and Diversity
The Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA), a leading industry
organization representing the unique needs of the fabless/foundry
business model, today announced the expansion and subsequent election
of several new members to its board of directors. To lay the
foundation for the FSA's continued success, the board of directors
expanded the number of seats aimed at broadening and strengthening its
board structure in 2001.
Among the elected board members representing the fabless segment
of the industry, re-elected members include Greg Aasen, COO of
PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ: PMCS), and David French, president and COO of
Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS). Newly elected board member posts are now
occupied by Di Ma, vice president of operations at NVIDIA (NASDAQ:
NVDA) and Dwight Decker, chairman and CEO of Conexant (NASDAQ: CNXT).
Perhaps the most important and far-reaching impact of the board
expansion is the allocation of three new seats to manufacturing
suppliers - such as foundry partners, backend test and packaging
assembly member companies. Elected representatives for these seats
include Barry Waite, president and CEO of Chartered Semiconductor
Manufacturing (NASDAQ: CHRT); Rick Tsai, executive vice president of
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) (TSE: TSM, NYSE:
TSM); and Jim Kupec, president of United Microelectronics Corporation
(UMC) (TSE: UMC, NYSE: UMC). The opportunity for partnerships and the
creation of synergistic relationships will cultivate and nourish the
FSA's primary focus to encourage a more optimal balance between wafer
supply and demand.
Another advantage to the board's expansion is the increase in the
board's geographical presence beyond the traditional boundaries of
Silicon Valley to represent other regions with significant
technological development. PixelFusion Ltd. represents the United
Kingdom, PMC-Sierra comes to the FSA from Canada and TSMC represents
Taiwan. "The FSA expanded its board to reflect the diversity of the
fabless community in terms of size, geography, markets and executive
levels," said Jodi Shelton, FSA executive director. "With this growing
regional and international coverage, we are more diverse than ever."
The board actively recruited and sought out key industry leader,
Willem (Wim) Roelandts, president and CEO of Xilinx, to serve as
chairman of the board. "The FSA has an impressive list of
accomplishments to date. We will continue to evaluate the FSA mission
to ensure we are meeting the evolving needs of our membership and that
we have established programs that support and encourage innovation. We
strongly believe the next generation of semiconductor visionaries will
come from the fabless segment," said Roelandts.
Also noteworthy, a new seat was created to represent the segment
of integrated device manufacturers, with Wayne Nesbit, vice president
and director of Motorola's worldwide external technology group,
appointed to fill the position.
Existing fabless board representatives emanate from some of the
largest, most successful fabless companies, including Vahid Manian,
vice president of manufacturing and operations at Broadcom (NASDAQ:
BRCM); Donald (Don) Schrock, president of CDMA technologies at
Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM); Dolores Marciel, vice president of worldwide
materials at Adaptec (NASDAQ: ADPT); and Evert Wolsheimer, vice
president and general manager of the CPLD business unit at Xilinx
(NASDAQ: XLNX), who was named to an appointed seat representing the
chairman of the board. In addition, several well-respected, mid-sized
and small fabless startups are represented, including John Moor, vice
president of operations at PixelFusion; Steve Michael, vice president
of operations at EXAR Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAR); Mark Allen,
president and COO of Transmeta (NASDAQ: TMTA); and Michael Elliot,
chairman of Tropian.
Other board members include Gina Gloski, operations consultant,
and Dr. Robert Pepper, who was given the honor of director emeritus.
The FSA's goal is to provide business tools and technical programs
that make running fabless operations easier and constantly evaluate
ways to bring more value to the membership. "We believe the new board
- representing fabless companies, IDMs and their partners - will work
together to better understand our business models and help temper the
industry's cycles in the long term. Furthermore, the newly elected
board members represent the substantial growth and diversity this
industry has attained, and I look forward to watching them respond to
industry challenges and chart new courses of success," said Shelton.
About the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA)
The FSA was incorporated in July 1994 by industry leaders wishing
to achieve a more optimal balance between wafer demand and capacity
for fabless companies. The FSA has over 240 corporate members
representing fabless companies, foundry providers, packaging and
assembly houses, investment bankers, providers of intellectual
property (IP) and a variety of other suppliers and partners.
The mission of the organization is to support the fabless model by
encouraging the ongoing, symbiotic relationship between fabless
semiconductor companies and suppliers; facilitate productive business
partnerships; create awareness and promote the acceptance of the
fabless business model; disseminate relevant data; and nurture the
creation, adoption and implementation of standards and policies vital
to the fabless model. To learn more about the FSA, please visit
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