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Ultratech, Inc.(Nasdaq: UTEK), a leading supplier of lithography and laser-processing
systems used to manufacture semiconductors and nanotechnology devices,
announced today that its chairman and CEO, Arthur W. Zafiropoulo, has been
appointed director emeritus on the board of Semiconductor Equipment and
Materials International (SEMI). In this capacity, Zafiropoulo joins an
elite group of industry veterans that includes Ed Braun, Joel Elftmann, Ken
Levy, James Morgan, Dan Quernemoen, Shigeo Takayama, and Shoichiro Yoshida.
Zafiropoulo served as chairman of the SEMI board from 2002-2003. During
this time, he made numerous and significant additional contributions to the
global industry association.
"SEMI is pleased to appoint Art Zafiropoulo to the distinguished
position of emeritus board member in light of his extraordinary
contribution to the semiconductor equipment and materials industry and its
global membership association," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of
SEMI. "Through his tenure as a member of the SEMI board and his leadership
of the SEMI Foundation, Art has been an avid supporter and influential
advocate of the industry. His role as an emeritus member means that the
SEMI board will continue to benefit from his intense dedication to our
Zafiropoulo has been a dedicated member of the SEMI board of directors
since 1995. He was a founding member and chairman of the SEMI Foundation
board of trustees, which promotes SEMI education and workforce development
initiatives. He was also the first recipient of the Bob Graham Award for
enhancing customer value and promoting the growth of the semiconductor
equipment and materials industry through marketing excellence.
Zafiropoulo founded Drytek, a startup dry etch company that was
acquired by General Signal in 1986. He served as president of the General
Signal Semiconductor Equipment Group's international operations and became
president of its Ultratech Stepper business unit in 1990. After he led the
management buy-out of Ultratech Stepper and subsequently drove one of the
industry's most successful initial public offerings (IPOs) in 1993,
semiconductor research firm VLSI Research Inc of San Jose, Calif., inducted
him into the Semiconductor Industry Hall of Fame.
After nine years of development and R&D investments, Ultratech
pioneered laser-thermal processing (LTP) technology for integrated circuit
(IC) manufacturing and introduced its proprietary LTP technology in 2003.
During that year, the San Jose-based company changed its name from
"Ultratech Stepper" to simply "Ultratech" to emphasize its expansion beyond
its traditional photolithography applications. A true visionary,
Zafiropoulo holds numerous technology patents, and continues to masterfully
redefine and enable Ultratech for future growth and expansion.
The SEMI board of directors is composed of executives from equipment
and materials companies serving the global semiconductor and related
industries. The board governs the policies and activities of the
association on behalf of its international membership. Directors are
elected by the membership to two- year terms and may be re-elected to a
maximum of four terms. In addition, board members may be elected as
ex-officio, non-voting, members for up to three one-year periods. Directors
emeritus are nominated by the executive committee of the SEMI board in
recognition of outstanding achievements on behalf of the association and
SEMI is a global industry association serving companies
that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture
semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical
systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin,
Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai,
Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit
About Ultratech: Ultratech, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTEK) designs, manufactures
and markets photolithography equipment used worldwide in the fabrication of
semiconductor and nanotechnology devices, and has expanded its technology
scope in pioneering laser processing technology for IC manufacturing.
Founded in 1979, Ultratech is a market leader in gold and solder bump
lithography. Its products are designed to substantially reduce the cost of
ownership for manufacturers in the electronics industry. The company's home
page on the World Wide Web is located at http://www.ultratech.com .
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