Monday, November 19, 2012

GSA announces new regional leadership director to its board

USA: The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced the appointment of Georges Penalver as the Regional Leadership Director for the EMEA.  GSA geographically represents every major region within the semiconductor industry. Penalver joins six other regional directors representing their respective regions: APAC, EMEA, Japan and North America.

“The GSA has been strategically building and expanding its international presence. As STMicro’s corporate strategy officer, Georges ability to provide a global vision will be a significant benefit to all GSA members,” said Jodi Shelton, co-founder and president of GSA.

“Georges brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to guide the GSA Board to further define our strategy and identify what support member companies need, including additional tools and resources. He will also recommend activities that expand awareness of GSA and generate networking opportunities for our members. I am very pleased to welcome Georges’ leadership counsel to our board.”

The EMEA Regional Leadership Director’s role is to further define GSA’s European strategy, identifying what support EMEA companies need, additional tools and resources, as well as activities in the region. The EMEA Council is comprised of C-Level executives from leading semiconductor companies throughout Europe that serve as advisors to the GSA Board of Directors on global and regional issues.

“I am honored to be extended an invitation to be the GSA’s Regional Leadership Director for EMEA,” said Penalver. “It is an important opportunity to help shape and drive the work of the GSA in the region, and I look forward to collaborating with other semiconductor business leaders to address the issues facing our industry.”

Penalver is the executive vice president, corporate strategy officer of STMicroelectronics. He is also a member of STMicroelectronics’ Corporate Strategy Committee, and has held this position since September 2012.

Penalver co-founded and serves as a managing partner of CathayaCapital Fund. His extensive experience includes France Telecom Orange Group where he served as the Deputy CEO for Strategy and Business Development. Penalver began his career with Sagem, ultimately becoming Deputy CEO, and responsible for the mass development of global sales networks.

Penalver earned his degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (Gold) and from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris. He is also a Knight of the French “Ordre National du Merite.”

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