Mr. Splinter is an accomplished veteran of the semiconductor industry, with long tenures in various senior executive roles at Intel and at Applied Materials. As the former Chairman & CEO of Applied Materials – a long-term member of the Council’s Board of Directors, with substantial investments in Taiwan – Mr. Splinter worked closely with local customers and suppliers in Hsinchu, Linkou, Taichung, Tainan, and Taoyuan. He brings his extensive experience and comprehensive understanding of the political, trade, and business relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan to the position of Council Chairman.
Mr. Splinter is a general partner at WISC Partners, and serves as Chairman of the board at NASDAQ. He serves on the board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is Taiwan’s largest semiconductor company. He also sits on the boards of Gogoro (also a leading Taiwan company), Meyer Burger Technology, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
Mr. Splinter served as President and CEO of Applied Materials from 2003 to 2013, and was Chairman of the Board between 2009 and 2015. Prior to joining Applied Materials, Mr. Splinter spent 20 years at Intel Corporation, where he held a number of positions including Executive Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing, and Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group. Mr. Splinter began his career at the Electronics Research Center of Rockwell International.
Mr. Splinter holds an Honorary Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds two patents.
Rupert J. Hammond-Chambers
Mr. Hammond-Chambers was born and raised in Scotland before emigrating to the United States in 1987 and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Denison University. As a new graduate in 1991, he worked for Advanced Telecommunication Corporation (ATC), managing a variety of clients with business interests in the Caribbean and Latin America.
In April 1993, he joined The Center for Security Policy, a defense and foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C., as the Associate for Development. The Center accomplishes its goals by stimulating and informing national and international policy debates, particularly those involving regional, defense, economic, financial, and technology developments that bear upon the security of the United States.
He began working for the US-Taiwan Business Council in October 1994. In March of 1998, he was promoted to Vice President of the Council with additional responsibilities for office management, oversight of the staff, financial bookkeeping and a clear mandate to build out the Council’s member/client base.
Mr. Hammond-Chambers was elected President of the Council in November 2000. As the trade relationship between the United States, Taiwan and China continues to evolve, he has worked to develop the Council's role as a strategic partner to its members, with the continuing goal of positioning the Council as a leader in empowering American companies in Asia through value and excellence.
Mr. Hammond-Chambers is also the Managing Director, Taiwan for Bower Group Asia - a strategic consultancy focused on designing winning strategies for companies. He is also responsible for Bower Group Asia’s defense and security practice.
He sits on the Board of the Project2049 Institute, and on the Advisory Boards of Redwood Partners International, The Sabatier Group, and the Pacific Star Fund. He is a Trustee of Fettes College and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He has two daughters.
1994 - Present
US-Taiwan Business Council
2012 - Present
Center for Security Policy
Advanced Telecommunications Corporation
Bachelor of Arts in History & Religion from Denison University, Ohio
Lotta was promoted to Vice President in January of 2003 from the position of Director of Corporate Affairs, which she had held since joining the Council in 2000. As Vice President, Lotta is responsible for day-to-day operations, for building out the Council's member/client base, and for working with the President on the future growth of the organization.
Lottas responsibilities include membership retention and development, research to identify the needs of U.S. corporations conducting business in Taiwan, and research on current Taiwan policy issues. Lotta oversees all member products and services, including e-bulletins and quarterly reports, and manages the development of new value-added membership services. She also oversees all events and conferences, including managing the annual US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference. In addition, she supervises responses to special member requests, press releases and press contacts, website development and management, and acts as the Council editor, IT director, and financial director.
As a student in the three-year International MBA program (Chinese Track) at the University of South Carolina, Lotta spent 19 months studying Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan and in Beijing, China. She also worked as a consultant and marketer for the Beijing Sun-King Paper Company, where she worked with the management team to develop new marketing and administrative strategies and to launch a new brand into the Beijing market. Prior to joining the masters degree program, she worked as Department Director at New South Associates in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Lotta has lived, studied, and worked in Asia, Europe, and North America, is a native level speaker of Swedish and English, and has some proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.
2000 - present
US-Taiwan Business Council
Beijing Sun-King Paper Company, Ltd.
New South Associates, Inc.
International MBA/Master of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina, Chinese Track
Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Georgia State University, Magna Cum Laude