August 15, 2011 — SEMI appointed Dennis P. McGuirk as president and CEO, effective November 14, 2011. He replaces Stanley T. Myers, who is retiring after 15 years leading SEMI. McGuirk comes to SEMI from IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries, where he has been president and CEO for 12 years.
SEMI’s markets and customers — semiconductors, photovoltaics, microelectronics, and displays — are experiencing "very exciting points in their evolution," notes SEMI Board Chairman Doug Neugold (ATMI chairman, president and CEO). Watch a video about SEMI’s historic moments, and SEMI memories, from Stanley T. Myers.
McGuirk led IPC’s initiatives for printed circuit board design and manufacture and electronics assembly members. IPC is also a global trade association, like SEMI. McGuirk steered the organization through two difficult recessions, taking it from 2,500 members with less than 25% located outside of the US to 3,000 members of which 38% are located outside the US. "Denny has been a tremendous leader and a great friend to our industry…IPC is in a great position thanks to his hard work and dedication," says Robert Ferguson, chairman of the IPC Board of Directors.
McGuirk was executive director of the National Fluid Power Association from 1996 to 2000. From 1993 to 1996, he served in various positions with the National Rifle Association of America. Prior to his career in association management, he served for 24 years in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Colonel.
McGuirk graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Western European Affairs. He earned a Master