GSA EMEA Leadership Council Names New Chair

President of TSMC Europe to Lead Council in New Strategic Direction

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 5, 2013 — The Global Semiconductor Alliance ( GSA), the voice of the global semiconductor industry, today announced the appointment of Mrs. Maria Marced as the EMEA Leadership Council Chairperson. In her new position, Mrs. Marced will provide advice and counsel to the GSA Board of Directors on the challenges and issues facing the region's semiconductor companies. She will also assist in developing strategies for industry-wide solutions to the most critical challenges.

“We are pleased to have Maria as our new EMEA Leadership Council Chair,” said Jodi Shelton, co-founder and president of GSA. “Maria has been an active member of the Council for the last four years, where she has been especially focused on helping European companies to enable high quality innovation. This, combined with her leadership, vision and business acumen will ensure GSA better addresses how European, Middle Eastern and African companies can stay ahead of the changes in the industry and enable them to be successful.”

The EMEA Leadership Council is comprised of leading executives from EMEA companies who advise GSA’s Board on Regional needs and supports GSA’s focus on entrepreneurship. The goals of the Council are to reduce the barriers and improve the probabilities for success of semiconductor companies active in the region.

“I am honored to be the new Chairperson of the EMEA Leadership Council, following in the footsteps of Dr. Jalal Bagherli, an exceptional leader,” said Marced. “I look forward to collaborating with my fellow council members to address the exciting times facing EMEA semiconductor companies. I firmly believe this group is capable of delivering strategic solutions to the most critical challenges facing our industry.”

Mrs. Marced is the President of TSMC Europe BV with responsibility for driving the development, strategy and management of TSMC Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before joining TSMC, Mrs. Marced held Vice President Sales and Marketing positions in NXP Semiconductors, Philips Semiconductor and Intel Semiconductor.

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The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) mission is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. It addresses the challenges within the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions. Providing a platform for meaningful global collaboration, the Alliance identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence. Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 30 countries across the globe.


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