SEMATECH appoints IBM veteran to direct strategic growth initiatives

SEMATECH, the global consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, today announced the appointment of Edward Barth as director of Strategic Growth Initiatives. Dr. Barth will join SEMATECH’s executive management team and will be responsible for cultivating effective alliance relationships and driving key strategic partnerships that align with the company’s core business objectives and long-term value creation and growth.

“As we continue to refine and implement our strategies, which are designed to maximize both SEMATECH’s partnership opportunities and technical operations, it is very important for us to have the right people on board to enhance our capabilities and accelerate our aggressive goals,” said Ron Goldblatt, SEMATECH’s president and CEO. “Ed’s knowledge of the semiconductor industry, with specific experience in R&D strategy, coupled with his strong track record in coordinating and executing complex agreement structures provides us with the experience needed to strategically manage the direction and growth of SEMATECH’s very valuable partnerships and alliances.”

Barth brings more than 20 years’ industry experience, most recently in leading the development of technology alliances and research collaborations, and negotiating complex deals involving intellectual property licensing. Previously, he held various engineering and management positions with IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation, where he led development of advanced copper and low-k interconnect technologies. In his new role, Barth will focus on strengthening existing relationships, building new alliances, and ensuring their value and effectiveness toward SEMATECH’s growth.

Prior to joining SEMATECH, Barth served as a business development executive in the Technology Alliances and Intellectual Property group at IBM Corporation, where he played a leadership role in driving key partnership growth of the IBM-led semiconductor development alliance. During that time, he fostered relationships with a broad network of domestic and international technology clients and was the primary architect of the contract structure that has been used by the alliance since 2007.

Barth received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Columbia University, and later received a doctorate in Materials Science from The University of Texas at Austin. Barth served as a postdoctoral research fellow in Materials Science at Harvard University, where he led industry-funded research into the deformation behavior of amorphous metals and alloys. He holds six U.S. patents and is the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed publications.

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