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BERLIN, Germany ─ April 20, 2021 ─ SEMI today announced the appointments of Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of imec, as chair and Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec, as vice chair of the SEMI Europe Advisory Board. The SEMI Europe Advisory Board is the senior industry executive board that plays a critical role in the development and growth of Europe’s semiconductor industry.

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SEMI Europe Advisory Board members provide strategic guidance and represent the collective interests of all SEMI members to help foster the growth and profitability of the European microelectronics industry.

“We are honored to collaborate with a diverse group of executive leaders that epitomize both the technological and competitive advantages of Europe’s microelectronics industry,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “Together, we will work to advance the European microelectronics ecosystem to drive future growth and promote European strategic initiatives and partnerships in order to strengthen Europe's technological sovereignty and leadership in the digital age.”

“We thank Kevin Crofton, CEO of Comet, for his strategic leadership and valuable support to SEMI Europe as a chair over the past years and continued member of the board,” Altimime said.

Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of imec

“I am extremely honored to be appointed chair of the SEMI Europe board and consider this a recognition of the key position that imec has established over the years being one of the leading R&D centers in Europe. I am looking forward to taking up my role and leverage my expertise and knowledge to further strengthen SEMI Europe’s efforts in connecting and supporting its members and drive innovation and growth in Europe by protecting its core competencies while strengthening global supply chains."
Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of imec

Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec “Our world and societies are facing major changes and disruptions. This creates significant opportunities for the semiconductor industry and for Europe as a whole. SEMI is a key motor of this transformation, because it drives the development of our ecosystem, up and downstream, and helps us to bolster Europe’s leadership and sovereignty.”
Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec

SEMI Europe Advisory Board includes:


SEMI Europe has consistently broadened its diverse representation that now consists of female and male leaders representing the entire value chain across the semiconductor industry. To learn more about the European board, visit


About SEMI

SEMI® connects more than 2,400 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics design and manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Technology Communities, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Visit to learn more, contact one of our worldwide offices, and connect with SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Association Contact

Serena Brischetto / SEMI Europe
Phone: +49 30 3030 8077-11