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|Dr. Rick Tsai
||President, & CEO
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC)
Dr. Rick Tsai was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2005, after previously serving as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to his post as COO, he served as head of TSMC worldwide marketing and sales. Before that, Dr. Tsai served two terms as Executive Vice President of Operations. Between these two terms Dr. Tsai spent a short time away from TSMC, working as president of Vanguard International Semiconductor. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Tsai served as Executive Vice President of Operations, where he was responsible for six TSMC fabrication plants, as well as associated testing service and product assurance.
Dr. Tsai's work with TSMC began in 1989 and includes many distinguished roles: vice president responsible for operation of Fabs 3 and 4; senior director of Fab 3 responsible for design, construction, start-up, volume production and fab operation; and finally as director of Fab 2, Module A, responsible for operation, profit and loss, and process development.Prior to joining TSMC, Dr. Tsai moved through the ranks during his 8 years at Hewlett-Packard in Ft. Collins, Colorado, including as R&D project manager, manufacturing engineering project manager, and as a member of the technical staff. His responsibilities at Hewlett-Packard included 1µ CMOS VLSI process integration, yield improvement, process development and process reliability.
Dr. Tsai received his B.A. degree of science in physics from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan and holds a Ph.D. degree in material science and engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
|David H. McCormick
||Under Secretary, Bureau of Industry & Security
U.S. Department of Commerce
On October 7, 2005, the United States Senate confirmed President Bush's nomination of David McCormick, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Commerce. As Under Secretary, Mr. McCormick heads the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, which seeks to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests. The Bureau oversees issues at the intersection of business and national security, including strategic trade controls, imports and foreign acquisitions that affect U.S. security, enforcement of antiboycott laws, and industry compliance with international arms control agreements.
Mr. McCormick recently served as President and Director of Ariba, Inc., and before that as President and CEO of FreeMarkets, Inc., both publicly traded software and services companies. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company and served in the United States Army, where he was a veteran of the first Gulf War.Mr. McCormick received his bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his master's degree and Ph.D. from Princeton University.
|William E. Brock
US-Taiwan Business Council
Following his 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Bill Brock was Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1977-1980. He left that responsibility to join President Reagan's Cabinet in 1981 as the United States Trade Representative. In his capacity as United State Trade Representative, Senator Brock initiated the first free trade agreements ever negotiated by the United States and was recognized (by The Financial Times of London, along with many others) as a principal 'father' of the Uruguay Round of Trade Negotiations and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
In 1985, he was named Secretary of Labor where he was widely praised for his leadership in restoring the Department from a virtual state of collapse. Co-editor (with David Hormats) of "The Global Economy," Senator Brock was also one of the four founders of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).Senator Brock continues to be highly active in national & international affairs. He is currently Senior Counselor and also Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, and serves as well on the boards of a number of philanthropic, educational, and economic organizations.
|Dr. William Chen
||Senior Technical Advisor
ASE (US), Inc.
William T. Chen (Bill) holds the position of Senior Technical Advisor at ASE (U.S.) Inc. He has had more than thirty years of experience in the microelectronics industry. He joined IBM after receiving a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. At IBM he was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology for his contributions. He joined the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering in Singapore, where he held the dual positions of the Director of the Institute and a Principal Research Fellow. He is a member of Board Governors of IEEE CPMT Society and an Associate Editor of the Transactions. He is a Fellow of ASME.
|Charles W. Freeman III
||Managing Director, The China Alliance
Armstrong Teasdale, LLP
Charles Freeman is located in the Washington, D.C. office of Armstrong Teasdale LLP, where he serves as Managing Director of the China Alliance. He advises clients regarding government relations in the U.S. and China, regulatory and trade matters, and investment strategies in China. Prior to joining the China Alliance, he was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs.
With his extensive past experience, Mr. Freeman provides companies and trade organizations with information regarding current trends and changes in U.S. and China policy that may seriously impact businesses worldwide. He has facilitated access to key government decision makers in North America and China, as well as counseling clients in trade matters, trade disputes, anti-dumping actions and other trade and enforcement matters. He has also developed strategic planning services to help companies design and implement a China strategy that is responsive to, and takes advantage of, economic policies in both North America and China.As Assistant USTR for China Affairs, Mr. Freeman was the United States' chief China trade negotiator, responsible for the development and implementation of the United States' overall trade policy with respect to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He served a major role in the Bush Administration's management of the unique challenges of U.S. trade with China, and its efforts to secure the benefits of China's World Trade Organization accession for American businesses, workers, farmers and service providers. Mr. Freeman also played a central role in negotiating with China and solving problems across a wide range of issues, including intellectual property rights protection; financial and non-financial services; tax, industrial standards and technology policies; and agricultural market access.
|Robert P. Parker
Parker Price Venture Capital, Inc.
Robert Parker is a founder and Chairman of Parker Price Venture Capital, Inc. and its predecessor, Allegro Capital, Inc. He is the only American businessman ever awarded Taiwan's highest civilian decoration, the Order of the Brilliant Star.
Mr. Parker is a trustee and former chairman of the Taiwan Greater China Fund, a NYSE-listed mutual fund investing in Taiwan public companies doing business in China. He is an honors graduate of the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Texas Law School. He was awarded a Rotary International Fellowship for graduate study in international relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. He enjoyed a distinguished career as an international business lawyer before becoming Chairman of Parker Price Venture Capital.In his legal career, Mr. Parker founded and managed two of the leading international law firms in Taiwan. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the US-Taiwan Business Council in Washington, D.C. and is a former President of Taipei's American Chamber of Commerce. He is well known for his role in the formulation and implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act, the U.S. federal legislation governing relations with Taiwan, and as a co-founder of Taiwan's English language radio network, ICRT, which has more than a million listeners. He has served on the boards of directors of numerous educational and business organizations in the U.S. and Taiwan, including the board of Taiwan's largest private university.
||Director of Strategic Technology Services, Global Technology Centre
Ed has had more than 40 years of broad experience in the semiconductor industry with direct profit and loss responsibilities and has directed extensive multi-national organisations. This includes 25 years experience at the corporate officer level in all four segments of the industry: IDM, semiconductor equipment and materials (SEMI), semiconductor SATS, and fabless semiconductor. During his career he has directed 33 plants and subsidiary companies in 18 foreign countries and 11 plants in six US states. He has negotiated and executed six multi-million dollar international joint ventures and contracts in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Ed began his consulting career in 1990 after his retirement from National Semiconductor Corporation where he had served as Corporate Vice President of International Manufacturing and Services. As a consultant, Ed has focused his practice on assisting high-tech companies in the development and implementation of business strategies and continuous improvement policies and practices. Ed earned a BS with honors in Engineering, a MS in Metallurgy, and a graduate certificate in Business Management from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds the rank of Captain, United States Naval Reserve.
|Dr. Ford Tamer
||Senior VP & General Manager, Networking Infrastructure Group
Combining Broadcom's physical layer and switching organizations, the Networking Infrastructure Group headed by Ford Tamer oversees Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching and physical layer products, Fibre Channel switching, SerDes, security, broadband processors and optical solutions for the wide area network (WAN), metropolitan, enterprise, small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) and small office/home office (SOHO) markets. End products served by this Group include physical layer, switch, security, processor and optical solutions for Layer 2 to 7 switches, routers, SONET equipment, storage area network (SAN) switches, metro switches and routers, and security appliances - equipment that delivers and manages the flow of voice, video and data services within and across networks.
Dr. Tamer joined Broadcom in June 2002 and became Vice President and General Manager of the Switch and Security Business Unit in July 2002. In September 2003 Dr. Tamer was elected to the position of Group Vice President, Networking Infrastructure Group. Previously, from 1998 to 2002, Dr. Tamer co-founded and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Agere, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer, until it was acquired by Lucent Microelectronics, a networking communications company. Following the acquisition, he served as Vice President, Processing, Aggregation and Switching of Lucent's Agere Systems business unit. Prior to founding Agere, he was part of the founding executive teams at Dazel Corporation (which was acquired by Hewlett Packard) and MegaKnowledge (which was acquired by IntelliCorp). Dr. Tamer received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.