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Pair tied to area get top jobs in semiconductor group

Pair tied to area get top jobs in semiconductor group

Two men with Capital Region connections have been elected to the top leadership positions in the Sem

Two men with Capital Region connections have been elected to the top leadership positions in the Semiconductor Industry Association, the trade organization of the U.S. computer chip manufacturing and design industry.

The association, currently holding its annual meeting in San Jose, Calif., has elected GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha as its 2013 chairman.

John E. Kelly III, an Albany native who is an IBM senior vice president and director of IBM Research, was named its 2013 vice chairman.

“Through hard work and ingenuity, the U.S. semiconductor industry has helped improve our lives, strengthen our country and build a brighter future,” Manocha said in a statement. “Working together, we will ensure that our industry takes the next step forward.”

GlobalFoundries has built the $7 billion Fab 8 complex in Malta, where 1,800 people now work as the plant starts to enter commercial computer chip production. GlobalFoundries, headquartered in Silicon Valley, has chip plants in Singapore and Germany, but Fab 8 is its only U.S. manufacturing site.

GlobalFoundries was recently identified as the fastest-growing semiconductor company in the world by industry analyst IC Insights.

Before joining GlobalFoundries, Manocha served as executive vice president of worldwide operations and a member of the executive management board at Spansion.

Kelly joined IBM in 1980 and now directs the worldwide operations of IBM Research, which employs approximately 3,000 scientists and technical employees at 12 laboratories in 10 countries.

Kelly is a native of Albany and graduate of Union College in Schenectady. He also holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Kelly has been a prominent advocate of the advanced research being done in Albany at the College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering, in which IBM and GlobalFoundries are among numerous industrial partners.

“Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Kelly has successfully led efforts to promote innovation and protect intellectual property — two of the key issues that drive the American semiconductor industry and the overall U.S. economy,” said SIA President Brian Toohey.

“We’ve come a long way as an industry, but our greatest potential lies ahead,” Kelly said. “I look forward to advocating for effective government policies that strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry by promoting American competitiveness and removing barriers to innovation.”

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