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Ajit Manocha



Published on 22 April 2021


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Ajit Manocha

President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMI



Analysis of semiconductor supply chain risks and recommendations on strengthening industry resiliency, get the keys to understand the next changes”


ABSTRACT

Ajit Manocha is the president and CEO of SEMI. Headquartered in Milpitas, California, SEMI is the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain. Throughout his career, Manocha has been a champion of industry collaboration as a critical means of advancing technology for societal and economic prosperity.  

  • Manocha was formerly CEO at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Prior to this he held the role of EVP of worldwide operations at Spansion and earlier served as EVP and chief manufacturing officer at Philips/NXP Semiconductors.  He began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a research scientist where he was granted more than a dozen patents related to semiconductor manufacturing processes that served as the foundation for modern microelectronics manufacturing.  He has served on the boards of SEMI, SIA and GSA.
  • Today, there is a much broader scope for SEMI to help foster collaboration and fuel growth than we could have ever imagined at its inception in 1970.  This scope has to be accomplished without compromising the strong foundation of SEMI – the equipment suppliers and materials makers. Manocha feels SEMI must evolve as the industry's ecosystem rapidly expands to support smarter, connected applications based on artificial intelligence, machine learning and other disruptive technologies.
  • Manocha is active on global advocacy and workforce development issues and has served on the President's committees for "Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships" and the President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST).
  • In 2021, VLSIresearch added Manocha to its Semiconductor Industry Hall of Fame for his leadership of SEMI efforts to address geopolitical trade tensions as well as for his initiative in navigating the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting SEMI and the microelectronics industry. In 2020, Manocha was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, and VLSI named him an "All Star of the Semiconductor Industry" for his visionary leadership in 2019 to restructure SEMI to represent the expanded electronics supply chain.