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Posted: November 16, 2009

SEMATECH Names Daniel Armbrust as President and CEO

(Nanowerk News) SEMATECH, the global consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, today announced that it has named Daniel Armbrust to serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Armbrust will succeed Michael R. Polcari, who has been appointed SEMATECH’s Chairman of the Board.
Armbrust, 47, most recently served as Vice President of 300mm Semiconductor Operation, where he was responsible for the operation of IBM’s 300mm fab in East Fishkill, New York, which develops leading edge technologies with IBM’s alliance partners and manufactures products for IBM and OEM customers. Previously Armbrust held a variety of positions at IBM related to process development, manufacturing, and client engagement.
Michael Polcari, SEMATECH’s newly appointed Chairman of the Board, said that the SEMATECH Board selected Armbrust to lead the consortium based on his track record of leadership and execution in developing leading edge technologies, directing fab operations, and managing complex alliances.
“Our search for a new leader for SEMATECH was focused and thorough,” said Polcari. “Dan came to our attention because of his proven ability to lead top performing teams, his strong credentials in both R&D and manufacturing, and his experience in driving strategic alliances. Dan has the right blend of talents for the job, and we are delighted to welcome him to SEMATECH.”
Armbrust said, “SEMATECH is one of the world’s leading consortia, with a proud history, outstanding talent and significant technical innovations in many of its programs. SEMATECH has played a pivotal role in our industry, and it’s a great honor to join its leadership team and have the opportunity to build on its success.”
Armbrust will assume his new duties immediately, replacing Michael R. Polcari, who has been SEMATECH’s President and CEO since February 2003. Polcari succeeds OB Bilous as Chairman of SEMATECH’s Board of Directors.
Daniel Armbrust biography
Daniel Armbrust was named President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMATECH on November 12, 2009. The appointment is effective immediately.
Armbrust previously spent 25 years at IBM Corporation, culminating in his tenure as Vice President of 300mm Semiconductor Operations for the company’s Systems Technology Group. His leadership was marked by successful efforts to improve operating efficiency, lead executive collaborations within the industry, and build strong technical teams.
Prior to his role as Vice President, Armbrust served as Director of 300mm Engineering and Strategic Client Executive for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group. He began his career at IBM in 1983 and progressed through a variety of assignments in process development, manufacturing and client engagement.
Armbrust earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic science and engineering from Pennsylvania State University as well as a master of science degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
About SEMATECH
For over 20 years, SEMATECH® has set global direction, enabled flexible collaboration, and bridged strategic R&D to manufacturing. Today, we continue accelerating the next technology revolution with our nanoelectronics and emerging technology partners.
Source: SEMATECH (press release)

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