SEMI North America Advisory Board welcomes new members
SEMI has announced the election of two new members to the SEMI North America Advisory Board (NAAB): Maheen Hamid, Co-Founder, CFO, and COO of Breker Verification Systems, and Michael Lercel, Senior Director of Global Strategic Marketing at ASML.
The Board appointments took effect 18 April 2023. Members serve a three-year term. The principal advocate for member companies located in North America, the NAAB provides guidance on SEMI Americas programmes designed to advance their business interests and address significant challenges in the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain.
“The SEMI North America Advisory Board is committed to broad representation of SEMI member companies,” said Joe Stockunas, President SEMI Americas. “With Breker Verification Systems a strong up-and-coming player in the design community and ASML a leading lithography supplier, the addition of Maheen and Michael furthers our diversity to give voice to a wider range of SEMI members.”
As Senior Director of Global Strategic Marketing at ASML, Michael Lercel guides corporate strategy. He joined ASML in 2015 and is based in Wilton, Conn. Lercel’s wide experience in semiconductor manufacturing is highlighted by his emphasis on lithography and patterning. He helped develop a number of next-generation lithography techniques and was involved in pioneering EUV work in 1998.
Lercel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University. After graduation, he joined IBM Microelectronics, working in positions in advanced photomask development, lithography research, and microelectronics equipment strategy. In 2010 he joined Cymer as Senior Director of EUV Product Marketing and later at SEMATECH held various positions including Lithography Director and Chief Technologist.
As CFO and COO of Breker Verification Systems, a cutting-edge San Jose, Calif.-based software company, Hamid oversees the company’s operational growth as it moves from startup to established software supplier. She drives the company’s strategic direction, corporate communications, and branding.
Over the past two decades, Hamid has been instrumental in establishing Breker as a key player in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry. She was recently named one of Silicon Valley’s 100 most influential women by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Hamid is a Governing Council member of the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community. Hamid holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from North South University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.