MANHASSET, NY -- The Global Semiconductor Alliance has filled six positions on its board of directors including five semiconductor positions and one value chain producer position.
Ralph Schmitt, president and chief executive officer of PLX Technology, Inc, was elected a first time board member. Schmitt was appointed president and chief executive officer of PLX in November 2008. Prior to PLX, he was also CEO of semiconductor companies Legend Silicon, Exar Corp. and Sipex Corp.
“My rewarding experience as chairman of the GSA’s Emerging Company CEO Council led me to pursue the opportunity and I look forward to this expanded role. I have a real passion to see our industry thrive and foster new opportunities for growth,” said Schmitt, in a statement.
Re-elected semiconductor directors include Danny Biran, senior vice president, corporate strategy, Altera Corp.; Mark Ireland, vice president, semiconductor platforms, IBM; Neil Kim, executive vice president, operations and central engineering, Broadcom Corp.; and Deborah Shoquist, executive vice president of operations, Nvidia Corp..
Each board member will serve a three-year term.
Jack Harding, chairman, president and chief executive officer of eSilicon Corporation was re-elected to represent the value chain producer position for another two-year term. He also serves on the GSA Finance Committee.
“We welcome our new and returning 2012 directors and are pleased to have such a bright group of global leaders who offer their knowledge and leadership to contribute to GSA’s mission and vision,” stated Jodi Shelton, co-founder and president of GSA.
The GSA membership base spans large multinational corporations to start-up companies in their initial funding phase and represents every major region within the semiconductor industry. Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 30 countries across the globe.
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