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SEMI welcomes new board members

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SEMI has elected four new members to the SEMI North America Advisory Board (NAAB).

The new members are: Dr. Russell Low, President and CEO of Axcelis; Martin Elzingre, Vice President and General Manager of Semiconductor Division North America at Edwards Vacuum; Audrey Charles, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Lam Research; and Dr. Jeorge S. Hurtarte, Senior Director of SoC Semiconductor Test at Teradyne.

The Board appointments took effect September 15, 2023. Members serve a three-year term. The principal advocate for member companies located in North America, the NAAB provides guidance on SEMI Americas programs designed to advance their business interests and address significant challenges in the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain.

“We continue to expand the breadth of our board to further strengthen industry representation in components, design, device, equipment, materials and services,” said Joe Stockunas, President of SEMI Americas. “The board is comprised of small to large companies to provide varying perspectives to meet the needs of our members during this incredibly challenging and exciting time for our industry. We are extremely fortunate to add the depth of knowledge and expertise from Russell, Martin, Audrey and Jeorge to carry us forward.”

Dr. Russell Low, President and CEO of Axcelis, joined the board of directors of Axcelis in 2016, providing skills in R&D, engineering, operations and general management. During his seven years with Axcelis, Dr. Low has been instrumental in developing and launching Axcelis' expanding Purion ion implant product line, including its successful Purion Power Series. He has more than 30 of leadership experience in the semiconductor industry from his tenure at Applied Materials, Varian, and Veeco. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Southampton University, Executive Master of Business Administration from MIT, a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from University of Oxford and was a visiting fellow at Stanford University. Additionally, he was awarded 44 U.S. patents.

Martin Elzingre, Vice President and General Manager of Semiconductor Division North America at Edwards Vacuum, brings process engineering, applications, product marketing, sales and operations management to the NAAB from his career at Lam, Electroglas, and KLA. During his tenure at KLA, he held a senior director position for more than 16 years. He is also a board member of Atlas Copco North America and Atlas Copco Europe Financial Services Board. Elzingre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix.

With over 25 years at Lam Research, Audrey Charles, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, is responsible for aligning and driving strategic priorities across the company in support of Lam’s long-term growth plan. She also oversees Lam’s Corporate Development team and the company’s investment arm, Lam Capital. Her experience includes engineering, customer technology management, and a range of leadership positions including Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources, Vice President of Corporate Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the CEO. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Dublin City University and a Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan.

Dr. Jeorge S. Hurtarte, Principal Marketing Strategist at Teradyne for SoC semiconductor test, has more than 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in design engineering, semiconductor fabrication, assembly and test, and sales and marketing. Dr. Hurtarte has held various technical, management and executive positions at Teradyne, Lam Research, LitePoint, TranSwitch, and Rockwell Semiconductors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from University of California, Irvine, a Master of Science in computer science from National University, a Master of Science in telecommunications engineering from Walden University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Auburn University. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program (AMP) for executives.

Dr. Hurtarte has served on the advisory Board of Directors of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (previously called the Fabless Semiconductor Association), TUV Rheinland of North America, and the NSF’s Wireless Internet Center for Advanced RF Technology. Dr. Hurtarte is the lead co-author of the book Understanding Fabless IC Technology.

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