Andrew Chong – Chairman
Independent Board Director and Business Advisor
Andrew Chong has over thirty years of experience in the technology market, in the fields of strategy, leadership, management, skills development, marketing and organisational development.
He currently serves on the Future Economy Council (FEC) Manufacturing Sub-committee co-chaired by the Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry. In the field of training and development he chairs the external review panel for the Polytechnic Quality Assurance Framework and is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). He is a Board Member of the Ministry of Manpower’s Workforce Singapore Agency (WSG).
Andrew stepped down as Regional President and Managing Director of Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific in August 2017 but remains active in the semiconductor industry through his Chairmanship of the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA). He also holds Board and advisory roles in several technology start-up companies.
He is on the Board of Mapletree Industrial Trust Management Ltd, the Manager for Singapore Exchange listed Mapletree Industrial Trust. He serves on the Boards of NTUC Health Cooperative and the Employment and Employability Institute Pte Ltd.
Andrew received his Bachelor of Electronics Engineering in 1987 and Master of Business Administration in 1993 from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He was conferred a Medal of Commendation at the 2017 May Day Awards for promoting good industrial relations and initiating workers’ training and skills upgrading programmes and has co-authored a book on the technological and business trends in the automotive market in Asia.
Brian Tan – Vice Chairman
Vice President, China & Southeast Asia
Applied Global Services
Regional President, Southeast Asia
Applied Materials, Inc.
Brian Tan is vice president and regional president of Southeast Asia at Applied Materials, Inc. In this role, he oversees the company’s operations and strategy in the region while helping to build strategic partnerships across the private and public sectors. Concurrently, Brian also heads the Applied Global Services business in China and Southeast Asia, where his strong product focus and customer relationships has helped to drive increased service revenue through improving field service capabilities and infrastructure.
Brian was previously chief strategy officer for worldwide operations, as well as head of operations & policy deployment for global continuous improvement. He successfully developed and implemented Applied’s systematic and robust approach to improve the speed and efficiency of key operational processes globally and was also responsible building a comprehensive strategic plan for worldwide operations by establishing and integrating key priorities.
Brian began his career at Applied Materials in 2000 as a customer engineer and progressed through multiple technical, operational and sales roles. He held several regional leadership positions in operations planning, account management and field operations before being appointed deputy regional president for Southeast Asia in 2012 where he played an integral role in advancing key public-private partnership initiatives.
Brian received a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the National University of Singapore.
Jerome Tjia – Secretary
Vice President, Head of Development Centre
Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Mr. Jerome Tjia has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and was appointed as Head of Development Centre, Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific in January 2011. He is responsible for over 220 R&D staff in product development activities spanning concept, architecture, IC design, verification, tape-out, test & product engineering, system and application engineering, for Infineon’s Automotive, Power Management & Multi-market and Digital Security Solutions business divisions. He chairs the Infineon Asia Innovation Council that fosters innovation culture, technical ladder and project management careers in the Asia region.
Jerome began his career as a research engineer in Australia in 1987 and garnered extensive experience in IC design at Silicon Systems Singapore, earning the title of Principal Engineer. He progressed to hold R&D management position in Philips/NXP Semiconductors and ST-Ericsson. He also had 2 years of Technical Marketing experience.
Jerome Tjia is also active in the Singapore semiconductor industry ecosystem and University engagement. He is an Executive Committee Member of Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association since 2009. He represents the semiconductor industry as a member of Advisory Committee of Republic Polytechnic and a member of Departmental Consultative Committee of the National University of Singapore. He was instrumental in the collaboration with Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia with the setting up the i-GREEN (Infineon-Gadjah Mada Research and Engineering) Lab.
Jerome holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore and graduated with First Class Honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
He holds 12 US patents and speaks English, Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia.
Jennifer Teong – Treasurer
Manufacturing & Quality Vice President, Silicon Labs International
She has extensive experience in various business functional areas such as process integration, customer engineering, quality, eBusiness and has a strong engineering background and project management experience.
Jennifer is currently the Manufacturing Vice President at Silicon Labs International, responsible for entire supply chain management and also head of the Singapore site.
Prior to joining Silicon Labs International, Jennifer held various positions in K&S and Chartered Semiconductor.
Jennifer received First Class Honors degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
Chen Seok Ching – Board Member
Vice President, Marvell Technology (Assembly and Test Operations)
Country Manager for Singapore
Seok Ching is Marvell Technology’s Vice President of Assembly and Test Operations, and Country Manager for Singapore. She is responsible for global supply chain operations, focusing on supply planning and execution in close partnership with global OSATs.
Seok Ching has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Marvell, she has held management positions in supply chain and procurement at Knowles Corp, Audience Inc, LSI Corporation and Agere Systems. She started her career at TECH Semiconductor (Micron) as a quality engineer and moved on to production and financial planning functions.
Seok Ching holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore, and a MSc in Technology Management from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).
Rajan Rajgopal – Board Member
President and CEO, DenseLight Semiconductors
Rajan Rajgopal is the current President and General Manager of Denselight Semiconductors. A seasoned semiconductor professional with over 25 years of global corporate experience spanning Asia, Europe and US, in P&L management, quality, customer management, new product introduction and high volume manufacturing excellence, Rajan has lived in Singapore since 1995 and been part of the growth of the local semiconductor ecosystem. His 4 major employers have been TI (US), Chartered/GlobalFoundries (1995-2013 Singapore), Micron (2013-2015 Singapore), and DenseLight (2017-present Singapore). Rajan is an innovative and resourceful problem-solver with a demonstrated leadership track record. His previous 3 positions have been at VP level – Global Quality / Customer Enablement. With a passion for teambuilding and manufacturing excellence, Rajan has transformed global teams to collectively deliver world class quality and exceptional customer service levels in a high tech manufacturing environment. He completely re-engineered quality organisations for 2 world-class semiconductor manufacturers, and is currently applying end-to-end transformation to DenseLight. He executes on continuous improvement data and measurement of the results. Rajan holds a B. SEE from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.SEE from the University of Maine. He has also been awarded 4 patents and authored over 20 papers.
Soh Lip Leong – Board Member
Senior Vice President, Operations Semiconductors Backend/Global Test,
ams Sensors Singapore Pte Ltd
Mr. Soh Lip Leong has over thirty years of experience in the electronics and semiconductors industry. He has managed global manufacturing operations at multi sites with diverse international teams that drive operational and business excellence.
He is currently the Senior Vice President and General Manager of ams Sensors Singapore Pte Ltd, responsible for internal manufacturing in Singapore, Philippines, USA and Austria and external manufacturing (OSAT) in Europe, US and Asia. He has been instrumental in setting up governances as well as a clear overarching culture aimed at making the company a great place to work.
Prior to this, Soh’s wealth of experience stemmed from the various positions he held such as Director of the Supply Chain for APAC at YORK International; General Manager and SEA and APAC Operations Director at Brady Corporation; Director of Quality and Operational Excellence at Nokia in China; Senior Director and General Manager of Flextronics in Malaysia; and President and Managing Director of STATS ChipPAC in China.
His appreciation for diversity and respect for culture were forged though the years he spent setting up new greenfield or brownfield facilities, and penetrating different geographies such as India, China and even the Eastern European business.
Soh holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas Tech University.
Tan Yew Kong – Board Member
Vice President and General Manager, Singapore Site Operations,
Yew Kong is the Vice President and GM of Singapore Site Operations. He has 27 years of working experience in the semiconductor industry. In his management position, he directs the operations to improve fabrication indices for quality, yield, cost and delivery as well as customer satisfaction. He also provides leadership to the 3,300-strong team to support business objectives in an industry that is changing the world.
He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Terence Gan – Board Member
Executive Director, Institute of Microelectronics,
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Mr Terence Gan is Executive Director (Designate) of the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), where he coordinates semiconductor research at the Institute and national levels as well as fosters a more close-knit semiconductor research community in Singapore.
Prior to this position, he was Senior Vice President of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), heading the Semiconductors division where he worked closely with top local and international companies to facilitate their investments and transform their operations in Singapore. Mr Gan was also formerly SVP for Europe, Director of EDB’s Electronics Cluster and Centre Director (San Francisco) at EDB.
He received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000.