GSA announces appointment of Dr. Leo Li as chairman of the GSA Board of Directors

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leo Li as the chairman of the GSA Board of Directors for 2016 and 2017.  Dr. Li serves as chairman, chief executive officer of Spreadtrum Communications, leading the Company’s mission to achieve industry leadership through continuous innovation and service.

The GSA Board chairman is a coveted position throughout the industry reserved for the most innovative leaders who represent the semiconductor industry’s most active global regions. Dr. Li will be the first chairman to serve from mainland China.  As a global Alliance, this is a key step for GSA to ensure the commitment to all important regions of the ecosystem.  It is vital to GSA that Chinese companies are being serviced and global members have access to all of the opportunities in China.

Dr. Li has served as a regional member of the GSA Board of Directors, representing the Asia-Pacific region since 2012. He has also served as a member of GSA’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Council since 2011.  The Asia-Pacific Leadership Council serves as advisors to the GSA Board on global and regional issues.

“I am honored that the GSA Board of Directors has appointed me as their Chairman,” commented Dr. Li. “The industry is constantly evolving and GSA has been instrumental in solving a variety of challenges and promoting collaboration between its member companies and partners. I am looking forward to serving as the Chairman to help advance GSA’s commitment to support globalization and continue to be the most prominent advocate to expand cooperation and innovation in our dynamic global semiconductor industry.”

Dr. Li has more than 30 years experience in wireless communications industry, joining Spreadtrum Communications in May 2008. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the chief executive officer of Magicomm Technology Inc., a cell phone product development company. From 2002 to 2005, he was senior business development director at Broadcom and was responsible for a line of GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA baseband business. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Li was appointed as general manager of Mobile Phone Product and Vice President of Mobilink Telecom, a GSM baseband start-up company that was sold to Broadcom in 2002. Prior to 1998, he held various senior engineering and program management positions at Rockwell Semiconductors and Ericsson. Dr. Li holds 10 patents in wireless communication systems, RF IC system and circuit designs, and RFID applications.

Dr. Li received a BS degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, China; a MS degree from the Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China; a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in College ParkMaryland, USA; and an MBA degree from the National University in La Jolla, California, USA.

“It is a great honor to have Dr. Li serve as the Chairman of the GSA Board of Directors,” said Jodi Shelton, president of the GSA.  “Dr. Li is one of the most influential leaders in the semiconductor industry in China and his involvement will be critical to our future success. GSA will greatly benefit from his global perspective and technical expertise, enabling GSA to expand its collaboration between China and the worldwide semiconductor industry.”

Steve Mollenkopf, the Chairman of the GSA Board of Directors from 2014 to present, will continue to serve as a regional leadership director for the Board.

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