HEINZ A. KUNDERT TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF SEMI EUROPE/CIS
Industry Veteran and 11-Year SEMI Europe/CIS President Walter Roessger to Retire in January 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 18, 2005 -- SEMI today announced that Heinz A. Kundert will be appointed to the position of president of SEMI Europe/CIS on October 3, 2005. Kundert will succeed Walter Roessger, who served in the role since joining the global industry association in 1994. Roessger will become president emeritus of SEMI Europe/CIS on October 3, 2005 and serve in this advisory capacity until the end of January 2006, at which time he will retire from SEMI. Kundert, who is currently a member of the SEMI International Board of Directors, will relinquish his board position and report to SEMI President and CEO Stanley T. Myers when he becomes an employee of the organization.
Kundert will be in charge of SEMI offices in Brussels and Moscow and will oversee the association’s programs, products and services in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He will be responsible for relationships with SEMI members as well as industry, government and academia in Europe and the CIS. Additionally, he will support SEMI international programs and serve SEMI members from all regions that have interests in the European market. Notable among the major responsibilities of SEMI Europe are: the SEMICON Europa exposition, the SEMI CIS Expo, global standards activities, ISS Europe and European public policy advocacy programs.
"I'm very pleased that Heinz Kundert is joining our global management team and will oversee SEMI operations in Europe and the CIS. He joins our other regional presidents in China, Japan, Korea, North America and Southeast Asia in managing SEMI activities to support our members interests in microelectronics, display, MEMS and nanotechnology," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Heinz has been with the semiconductor industry since 1981 and has provided enormous support to SEMI in his tenure as a board member. We look forward to his new role in executive management with our global industry association."
Kundert previously served as chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Unaxis Corporation, Pfäffikon, Switzerland; chief operating officer of Oerlikon-Buehrle; chairman of ESEC and president of Balzers Process Systems at Balzers, Liechtenstein. From 1981-1991 he was the Asia area manager at Balzers (Japan). Kundert began his career as a Technical Sales Engineer at Oerlikon-Buehrle AG, Zurich, Switzerland. Kundert was elected to the SEMI International Board of Directors in 2002.
"Walter Roessger has had a distinguished career in the semiconductor industry and made important contributions as the president of SEMI Europe," said Myers. "He has been an energetic, creative and gregarious leader of our operations in Europe. Our membership, international board and staff very much appreciate his tireless dedication to our industry and SEMI.”
SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.