SAN JOSE, Calif. David N. K. Wang, a long-time executive of Applied Materials Inc., has resigned from the chip-equipment giant and been named chief executive of Chinese semiconductor conglomerate Shanghai Hua Hong Group Co. Ltd.
This represents the latest executive departure from Applied Materials in recent times. Meanwhile, in his new role, announced on Wednesday (August 31), Wang who had been president of Applied’s Asia unit will also serve as vice chairman, CEO and president of Shanghai Hua Hong International Inc. and chairman of Hua Hong Semiconductor Ltd.
Shanghai Hua Hong (Shanghai), a government-based entity, owns and operates several concerns in chip manufacturing, design, marketing, and systems integration. This includes foundry specialists Shanghai Belling and Shanghai Hua Hong NEC, a joint venture with NEC Corp. of Japan.
Another concern, Shanghai Hua Hong Integrated Circuits Co. Ltd., designs smart-card chips for the Chinese market.
"Dr. Wang will lead Hua Hong in its efforts to become an integral part of the international semiconductor industry," said Zhang Wenyi, chairman of Shanghai Hua Hong Group, in a statement.
“I am honored to be selected for this leadership role as Hua Hong Group looks to develop into an international semiconductor corporation," Wang said. “Hua Hong is a leader in China's semiconductor industry and is poised to benefit as the market for semiconductors grows around the world."
Since joining Applied Materials in 1980, Wang has led a number of key strategic initiatives and technology efforts for the chip-equipment giant. Wang was named executive vice president in 2000 and in July 2004 was appointed president of Applied Materials Asia.
Wang represents the latest executive departure from Applied. Last year, Novellus Systems Inc. appointed former Applied Materials executive Sasson (Sass) Somekh as president.
Novellus last year also named Fusen Chen as senior vice president of Asia-Pacific Operations. Chen joined Novellus after 10 years at Applied Materials, where he most recently worked as the group vice president and general manager for the Copper Physical Vapor Deposition and Interconnect Product Business Group.
Earlier this year, Novellus also announced the appointment of Gino Addiego, a former executive from Applied Materials, as senior vice president of corporate operations.
Foundry chipmaker Tower Semiconductor Ltd. earlier this year announced the appointment of Russell Ellwanger, formerly a senior executive with Applied Materials, as chief executive. Ellwanger came to Tower from a position as group vice president at chip making equipment company Applied Materials.
Meanwhile, ReVera Inc., a supplier of semiconductor metrology solutions, recently named J. Kelly Truman as vice president of marketing. Prior to joining ReVera, Truman served as general manager of the Wet Clean Division at Applied Materials.