GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha Participates in President Obama’s Inaugural SelectUSA Summit


Last Thursday, GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO, Ajit Manocha, participated in President Obama’s inaugural SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C. The event was hosted by President Obama, who spoke to 1,200 attendees from companies around the world.

The Summit was designed to connect investors with United States businesses to explore business investment opportunities. Business leaders, global investors, state and local representatives and high-level U.S. Government officials gathered to learn more about the resources available to support business investment in the U.S. The Summit included two days of informative panels and breakout sessions on the U.S. market and industry sectors, and informative sessions with U.S. government officials on a variety of topics.

Manocha spoke on a panel entitled “U.S. Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing,” alongside co-panelists Dan Armbrust, CEO of SEMATECH, Jeannine Sargent, president of Energy Flextronics and William T. Powers III, executive vice president and CFO of Rolls-Royce North America. The panel addressed the topics of factors that contribute to U.S. competitiveness in advanced manufacturing.

During the panel, Manocha described GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ commitment to promoting advanced manufacturing in the United States and the economic factors that contributed to the company’s decision to locate its latest foundry in Saratoga County, New York. Manocha stated one of the keys to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ decision to locate in New York was the collaborative environment and relationships with the state of New York, industry partners and educational institutions. GLOBALFOUNDRIES believes these collaborations are the heart of the ecosystem that supports research and development of the workforce important to the semiconductor industry. New York has provided the necessary vision and leadership to develop a strategic focus on key industry sectors, like nanotechnology.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha Named to President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0

Last week, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee ‘2.0,’ part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha is excited to serve on the new Steering Committee comprised of leaders in industry, academia, and labor, committed to building on progress made by the President’s inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee.

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0 will function as a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). In addition, it will work closely with the White House’s National Economic Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Commerce, to fully implement the initial Steering Committee’s previous recommendations, scale promising manufacturing workforce innovations and partnerships, and identify new, concrete strategies for securing the Nation’s competitive advantage in transformative early-stage technologies.

In addition, the Advanced Manufacturing Steering Committee 2.0 will engage the broader manufacturing community through regional working sessions and forums designed to surface examples of innovative strategies to build US manufacturing competitiveness.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is deeply committed to the development of manufacturing and technology innovation in the U.S. At our Fab 8 campus in New York State, CEO Ajit Manocha has shared his vision for GLOBALFOUNDRIES and a greater vision for how the U.S. can shape the local, regional and global economy.  Our investment in New York began in 2009 with the construction of Fab 8 and has continued with the addition of approximately two million square feet of development and the creation of more than 2,000 new direct jobs, as well as thousands of in-direct new jobs in the economy.

Manocha has called for innovative approaches to public-private partnerships that will support new advanced manufacturing operations and has pressed that those operations must be part of the nation’s economic strategy. Through the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0, he will continue to promote the importance of manufacturing in the U.S. and advance our global competitiveness in industry.

CEO Ajit Manocha is excited to be expanding our support for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and to be serving on its second-generation Steering Committee along with leaders from across manufacturers of all sizes, leading universities, and labor. Chaired by Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company, and Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the new Steering Committee includes:

  • Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Mary Sue Coleman President, The University of Michigan
  • David Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
  • Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kenneth Ender, President, Harper College
  • Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers
  • Hon. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Eric Kelly, President and CEO, Overland Storage
  • Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa Inc.
  • Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Douglas Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Annette Parker, President, South Central College
  • G.P. “Bud” Peterson, President, Georgia Tech
  • Luis Proenza, President, The University of Akron
  • Rafael Reif, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corp.
  • Mike Splinter, Executive Chairman of the Board, Applied Materials Inc.
  • Christie Wong Barrett, CEO, Mac Arthur Corp.

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Alexie Lee Recognized for Excellence in Manufacturing

Earlier this week, the Manufacturing Institute, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, University of Phoenix and Deloitte named GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Alexie Lee one of the first recipients of their Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards. Honoring women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers, the announcement highlights Alexie’s achievements in manufacturing through her positive impact on both GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the industry as a whole.

Alexie Lee

In her role as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Alexie is responsible for litigation, intellectual property and corporate matters. Additionally, Alexie oversees worldwide corporate communications, government relations and corporate risk management and sustainability, while providing direction and counsel to the CEO, the Board of Directors and other top corporate leaders. GLOBALFOUDRIES’ growth from a one-facility operation to a company with 7 production facilities worldwide can be attributed in part to her actions and strong understanding of the importance of manufacturing to the entire economy. She adds, “I am excited about being involved in the most advanced of advanced manufacturing.  Not only is our industry vital to our nation’s strength, our products drive improvements, at times dramatic, in all our lives.”

GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO, Ajit Manocha said, “Since helping to launch GLOBALFOUNDRIES in 2009, Alexie has exhibited a tremendous track record of execution and collaboration, helping to propel our company as one of the fastest-growing semiconductor companies in the world. Her leadership is helping GLOBALFOUNDRIES create thousands of new advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and expand the high-tech manufacturing capabilities that will continue to pave the way for long-term economic growth in the U.S. We thank Alexie for her hard work and dedication and we are so proud to see her recognized with this prestigious award.”

The STEP Ahead initiative was launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and best practices for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent. A total of 122 women were honored this first year, representing a variety of companies at all levels of their manufacturing organization from the factory floor to the C-suite. Award organizers hope that by telling the stories of these women, they can help inspire the next-generation of talent to pursue careers in the industry.  The STEP Awards are also meant to empower honorees to lead in their companies, communities and networks on the importance of manufacturing and issues related to attracting, advancing and retaining strong manufacturing talent.

“The STEP Ahead initiative was founded to change perceptions of the manufacturing industry and create new opportunities for women in the sector,” said Latondra Newton, group vice president at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and chairwoman of the STEP Ahead initiative. “This initiative is the call for action to transform the face of today’s manufacturing talent and ensure that women can contribute to the future of this industry.”

On February 5th, Alexie will join the other award recipients for a reception in Washington, D.C. where the STEP Awards program will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.