Intel CEO to Lead SIA as Chairman

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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that the SIA board of directors has elected Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, as its 2015 chairman and Dr. Necip Sayiner, president, CEO and director of Intersil, as its 2015 vice chairman.

“We are excited to welcome Brian Krzanich as SIA’s 2015 chairman,” said Brian Toohey, SIA president and CEO. “His exceptional understanding of semiconductor issues and extensive industry experience make him uniquely qualified to help tackle our industry’s challenges and lead us into the future. We appreciate his many achievements and look forward to his leadership in 2015 as SIA chairman."

Krzanich became the CEO of Intel in May 2013. He has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles at Intel, most recently serving as the COO since January 2012. As COO, his responsibilities included leading an organization of more than 50,000 employees spanning Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Custom Foundry, supply chain operations, the NAND Solutions group, human resources, information technology and Intel's China strategy. Prior to becoming COO, Krzanich held senior leadership positions within Intel's manufacturing organization. Krzanich began his career at Intel in 1982 in New Mexico as a process engineer.

“On the cusp of innovations such as the Internet of Things, wearable devices and smart cities, the U.S. semiconductor industry is poised for growth,” said Krzanich. “I look forward to collaborating with colleagues and policymakers to ensure that our industry reaches its full potential, continues to create jobs and keeps America at the forefront of technological advancement.”

Dr. Sayiner joined Intersil as president, CEO and director in March 2013. Prior to joining Intersil, he served as president, CEO and director of Silicon Laboratories from September 2005 to April 2012. Previously, Sayiner held various leadership positions at Agere Systems Inc., which included Executive Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise and Networking Division from August 2004 to September 2005; and Vice President and General Manager, Networking ICs Division from March 2002 to August 2004.

“Necip Sayiner has extensive industry experience and a strong technical background,” Toohey said. “His skills and leadership will be a tremendous asset to our association as we work to enact pro-innovation policies and build a stronger semiconductor industry in the U.S. We welcome him as 2015 SIA vice chairman.”

“I’m pleased to be supporting the SIA as vice chairman and helping to drive awareness of the importance of the semiconductor industry to our nation’s economic health,” said Sayiner. “Now more than ever, it is vital that we fight for government policies that promote growth and competitiveness.”

About the SIA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S. semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a key driver of America’s economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. Semiconductors, microchips that control all modern electronics, enable the systems and products that we use to work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness, and make new scientific discoveries. The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. In 2012, U.S. semiconductor sales totaled more than $146 billion, and semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics industry possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of America’s semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry stakeholders to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition. Learn more at


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