Leon Panetta to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual SIA Award Dinner

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015, 3:57pm

by Semiconductor Industry Association


WASHINGTON—Aug. 13, 2015—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming SIA Award Dinner, taking place on Thursday, Dec. 3 in San Jose, Calif. Mr. Panetta, who has also served as CIA director, White House chief of staff, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and as a member of Congress, will offer insight on how the strength of U.S. technology, and a vibrant U.S. semiconductor industry in particular, are critical to our country’s standing in the world and to our economy and national security.

“Leon Panetta is one of America’s most respected leaders and experts on foreign policy,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “The semiconductor industry is a global industry with global challenges. We must ensure smart government policies are in place here at home so our industry can remain strong, and we must work closely with counterparts overseas to ensure we can play on a level playing field in the global markets. Given Mr. Panetta’s extensive and diverse experiences on the domestic and international stages, we very much look forward to his keen perspectives on these matters as we welcome him as the keynote presenter at this year’s SIA Award Dinner.”

Mr. Panetta has dedicated much of his life to public service. He served as the 23rd defense secretary from July 2011 to February 2013. Before joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Panetta served as the director of the CIA from February 2009 to June 2011. Previously, he spent 10 years co-directing with his wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. The Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit center that seeks to instill the virtues and values of public service in young men and women.

From July 1994 to January 1997, Mr. Panetta served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, he was director of OMB, a position that built on his years of work on the House Budget Committee. Mr. Panetta represented California’s 16th (now 17th) congressional district from 1977 to 1993, rising to House Budget Committee chairman during his final four years in Congress. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a law degree, both from Santa Clara University.

The SIA Award Dinner also will feature the presentation of the semiconductor industry’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award.

About SIA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S. semiconductor industry, one of America’s top export industries and a key driver of America’s economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. Semiconductors – microchips that control all modern electronics – enable the systems and products we use to work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness, and make new scientific discoveries. The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. In 2014, U.S. semiconductor company sales totaled $173 billion, and semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics industry possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of America’s semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry stakeholders to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition.