Manocha, will take over from Denny McGuirk with effect from March 1. McGuirk announced his intention to retire in 2016.
Manocha has more than 35 years semiconductor industry experience and stepped down from the CEO role at Globalfoundries in January 2014 where he was replaced by Sanjay Jha.
"Ajit has a deep understanding of our industry’s dynamics and the interdependence of the electronics manufacturing supply chain," said Y.H. Lee, chairman of SEMI's board of directors, in a statement. "From his early days developing dry etch processes at AT&T Bell Labs, to running global manufacturing for Philips/NXP, Spansion, and, as CEO of Globalfoundries, Ajit has been formative to our industry’s growth. Ajit is the ideal choice to drive our SEMI 2020 plan and beyond…" Lee added.
Manocha began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a research scientist where he was granted several patents related to microelectronics manufacturing. Manocha holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Delhi and a master's degree in physical chemistry from Kansas State University.
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