Ajit Manocha is the president and CEO of SEMI. Headquartered in Milpitas, California, SEMI is the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Manocha, an industry leader has over 35 years of global experience in the semiconductor industry. Manocha was formerly CEO at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, during which he also served as vice chairman and chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Earlier, Manocha served as EVP of worldwide operations at Spansion. Prior to Spansion, Manocha was EVP and chief manufacturing officer at Philips/NXP Semiconductors. He began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a research scientist where he was granted several patents related to microelectronics manufacturing. Today, there is a much broader scope for SEMI to help foster collaboration and fuel growth than we could have ever imagined at SEMI’s inception in 1970. This has to be accomplished without compromising the strong foundation of SEMI comprising of Equipment Suppliers and Materials makers. Given our ecosystem is rapidly expanding due to the massive explosion of applications based on the Internet and mobile devices, biomedical devices, defense, social media, artificial intelligence/machine learning, autonomous vehicles e-commerce, the Internet of Things, etc., Manocha feels it is the right time for us to evolve as the space around us evolves. Additionally, Manocha has served on the President’s committees for “Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships” and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) during the last 4+ years.