ESD Alliance Elects 10-Member Governing Council

May 20, 2019 Laura Dolan

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today welcomed its newly elected 10-member Governing Council who will serve a two-year term.

Returning Governing Council members are:
• Dr. Aart de Geus, chairman and co-chief executive officer (co-CEO) of Synopsys, Inc.
• Dean Drako, president and CEO at IC Manage
• Dr. John Kibarian, president and CEO of PDF Solutions, Inc.
• Dr. Walden C. Rhines, CEO Emeritus of Mentor, a Siemens business
• Simon Segars, CEO at Arm
• Lip-Bu Tan, CEO of Cadence Design Systems

New Governing Council members are Dr. Raik Brinkmann, president and CEO of OneSpin Solutions, Dr. Prakash Narain, president and CEO of Real Intent and David Dutton, CEO of Silvaco. Robert P. Smith, executive director of the ESD Alliance, is also a member of the council.

The Governing Council was elected by the ESD Alliance's voting members during the voting period that ended May 3. The new chair will be elected at the first meeting of the Governing Council meeting Thursday, May 23.

2019 CEO Outlook
The ESD Alliance's 2019 CEO Outlook immediately follows the Governing Council meeting May 23, at 6 p.m. with networking, dinner and drinks. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m.

Ed Sperling, editor in chief of Semiconductor Engineering, will moderate a panel that includes Kibarian and Rhines. John Chong, vice president of product and business development for Kionix, and Jack Harding, president and CEO of eSilicon, round out the panel.

Members of the electronic system and semiconductor design ecosystem are welcome to attend free of charge, though advance registration is required. It will be held at SEMI, 673 S. Milpitas Boulevard, Milpitas, Calif.

ES Design West
The ESD Alliance's newest initiative, ES Design West, is the only event in North America that addresses commercial achievements of the electronic system design community and forward-looking, system-centric design approaches. Co-located with SEMICON West 2019 July 9-11 at San Francisco's Moscone Center, it links electronic system and semiconductor design with the electronic product manufacturing and supply chain, to highlight how the disciplines are drawing closer together. Program details, registration information and an exhibitor prospectus can be found at the ES Design West website. Follow ES Design West on Twitter: #ESDesignWest

About the Electronic System Design Alliance
The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner representing members in the electronic system and semiconductor design ecosystem, is a community that addresses technical, marketing, economic and legislative issues affecting the entire industry. It acts as the central voice to communicate and promote the value of the semiconductor design ecosystem as a vital component of the global electronics industry. Visit to learn more.

Follow the ESD Alliance
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Twitter: @ESDAlliance

About SEMI
SEMI® connects more than 2,100 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics design and manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members prosper, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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