SAN JOSE, Calif. – August 31, 2015 – SEMI, the global association serving the electronics supply chain, today announced the appointment of Laith Altimime as president of SEMI Europe, effective October 1, 2015. Altimime will report directly to SEMI’s CEO, Denny McGuirk, and will lead SEMI’s activities in Europe and Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Altimime has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with the majority spent in Europe. Most recently, he was senior director of business development at imec. Prior to this, Altimime held leadership positions at Altis/Infineon/Qimonda, KLA-Tencor, Communicant Semiconductor AG, and NEC Semiconductors. He has deep experience driving multi-cultural globally dispersed teams to achieve ambitious goals in competitive and technically demanding markets. Altimime holds a Bachelor's of Science (Honors) degree in applied physics and semiconductors electronics from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
Altimime will have overall responsibility for SEMI Europe’s events, programs, membership, advocacy, and collaborative forums. He will also be responsible for strategic development and world-class service of relationships with SEMI members as well as industry, government, academia and other local associations and constituents in Europe. As SEMI is a global association, Altimime will provide navigation, support, and services to SEMI’s members from all regions that have electronics supply chain interest in Europe.
“Laith’s deep technical and leadership experience in semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor equipment companies, as well as his experience at imec, make him an exceptional fit for leading SEMI Europe. Not only is imec a world-leading research center in nanoelectronics with global industrial partnerships, but it an important partner of SEMI,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “Laith is well positioned to lead SEMI Europe in the vibrant and rapidly evolving technology development and manufacturing ecosystem.”
“I wish Laith lots of success in his new role as president of SEMI Europe. Laith’s deep knowledge of semiconductors - the industry, the eco system, technology, roadmaps and strategies - make him extremely suited to advance the European semiconductor industry in these challenging times. I would like to thank Laith for his valuable contributions at imec and I’m looking forward to collaborate with him in strengthening Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem as President of SEMI Europe” said Luc Van den hove, President and CEO, imec.
SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains. Our 1,900 member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.
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