Kulicke & Soffa Appoints Chan Pin Chong as Vice President, Wedge Bonder
SINGAPORE -- February 25, 2014
Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) ("Kulicke & Soffa", "K&S" or
the "Company") today announced that the Company appointed Chan Pin Chong as
Vice President, Wedge Bonder Business Unit, effective immediately. Mr. Chong
will be based at the K&S Office in Santa Ana, California, and report to the
Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruno Guilmart. Mr. Chong
will succeed Matt Vorona, Vice President, Wedge Bonder Business Unit, who will
be leaving in March 2014 after a long and successful career with K&S that
began when the company acquired Orthodyne Electronics.
Mr. Guilmart continued, “Matt has done a tremendous job navigating our Wedge
Bonder business through acquisition, moving manufacturing from California to
Asia, and through difficult business conditions. I thank him for his hard work
and dedication during his long leadership career with wedge bonding. I’m very
pleased that he will remain with us for a transition period in order to
transfer responsibilities to Chan Pin. I also welcome Chan Pin to the K&S
leadership team. He’s a seasoned executive that will lead the Wedge Bonding
business unit to creatively look for and aggressively develop new market
opportunities and strengthen our product portfolio.”
Mr. Chong brings over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor and
electronics industries, having held engineering and operations roles in his
early career, spending the last 10 years in sales, business unit management
and executive management roles. He started his career first as a Process and
Test Engineer for Motorola, then Manufacturing Manager for Flextronics
(NASDAQ: FLEX), followed by a long career at KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ: KLAC),
holding such diverse positions as Sr. Technical Director and General Manager
for a specific business unit. His most recent accomplishments were as Vice
President of Sales and General Manager for Form Factor (NASDAQ: FORM) in
Singapore, and then as Global President & CEO at Everett Charles Technologies.
Mr. Chong received bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer
science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree
in business administration from the University of Leicester, UK.
"I look forward to the challenge and am excited to join the K&S Wedge Bonding
team," said Mr. Chong. "The semiconductor and hybrid markets will continue to
evolve with technology requirements and challenges. I will focus on aligning
our roadmap to meet our customer’s requirements and grow our business by
partnering with existing and emerging customers."
About Kulicke & Soffa
Kulicke & Soffa (NASDAQ: KLIC) is a global leader in the design and
manufacture of semiconductor and LED assembly equipment. As a pioneer in this
industry, K&S has provided customers with market leading packaging solutions
for decades. In recent years, K&S has expanded its product offerings through
strategic acquisitions, adding wedge bonding and a broader range of expendable
tools to its core ball bonding products. Combined with its extensive expertise
in process technology, K&S is well positioned to help customers meet the
challenges of assembling the next-generation semiconductor and LED devices.
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