July 14, 2008 20:44 ET

Bob Akins Named Chairman of SEMI International Board of Directors

Toshio Maruyama, Osamu Nakamura and David Peng Elected to SEMI Board

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - SEMI today announced the appointment of Robert P. Akins, chairman and CEO of Cymer, Inc., as chairman of the industry association's International Board of Directors. Akins succeeds Jerry Coder, president emeritus of the Semiconductor Materials Business Unit of Dupont Electronic Technologies, who served as chairman for the past year. J.C. Kim, chairman, CEO and founder of Edwards Korea Limited, will assume the position of vice chairman previously held by Akins.

Additionally, the association's membership elected Toshio Maruyama, president and CEO of Advantest Corp.; Osamu Nakamura, vice president and executive officer of Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation; and David Peng, chairman and CEO of Hauman Technologies Corp. to the International Board of Directors. The new board positions become effective at the annual SEMI membership meeting, which will be held July 16 during the SEMICON West 2008 exposition in San Francisco.

"On behalf of SEMI and its members, I am pleased to welcome Bob Akins as SEMI chairman and Maruyama-san, Nakamura-san and Mr. Peng as new board members," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The rich experience and thoughtful guidance that each brings will surely benefit the SEMI International Board of Directors and association membership as they continue to champion major initiatives that are key to the success of our industry."

Akins currently serves as chairman and CEO of Cymer and has held these positions since co-founding the company in 1986. In addition to the SEMI board, he currently serves on the corporate board for KLA-Tencor, and is on the board of directors for the University of California, San Diego Foundation. Akins is also a member of the Council of Advisors to the Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD. Alongside his fellow Cymer co-founder Rick Sandstrom, Akins has received such recognitions as the SEMI North America Award for contributions to the field of deep ultraviolet (DUV) lithography, the Outstanding Alumnus Award for UCSD, and the 2007 William W. Otterson Award, which is granted to the San Diego company whose products have demonstrated the most significant positive impact on society. Akins received his bachelor's degree in physics and literature, and a doctorate in applied physics from UCSD.

"SEMI has benefited member companies participating in the semiconductor and related manufacturing industries for almost four decades through advocacy efforts, standards, information and EHS initiatives, as well as its leading global conferences and expositions," said Akins. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the SEMI global membership through my term as chairman of the International Board of Directors."

In accordance with the association's by-laws, the following board members were reelected: JC Kim, chairman and CEO of Edwards Korea Ltd.; Steve Newberry, president and CEO of Lam Research Corp.; Kosei Nomiya, chairman of Ultratech K.K.; and Richard Wallace, CEO of KLA-Tencor Corporation.

The global industry association's 18 voting directors, four non-voting ex-officio and nine emeritus directors, represent companies from Europe, Japan, Korea, North America, Singapore and Taiwan, reflecting the global scope of its activities. The association's charter stipulates that individuals may be elected by the general membership as voting members of the board for a total of four, two-year terms and non-voting ex-officio members for a total of three, one-year terms.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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