Washington -- The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that John P. Daane, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Altera, has been named the 2014 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology or public policy. Daane will accept the award at SIA's annual award dinner on Thursday, Nov. 13.
"For many years, John Daane has been one of the semiconductor industry's strongest and most influential leaders," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "John represents the heart and soul of our industry and the glue that has strengthened our association. Throughout his career, John has brought together our industry's leaders to tackle challenges and advance core industry priorities. His leadership has helped the semiconductor industry create jobs, boost economic growth, and maintain America's global technology leadership. On behalf of the SIA board of directors, it is a privilege to announce John's selection as the 2014 Robert N. Noyce Award recipient in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments."
Daane has served as Altera's president and CEO since November 2000 and was named chairman of the board inMay 2003. Prior to joining Altera, Daane spent 15 years at LSI Logic, a semiconductor manufacturer, most recently as executive vice president, communications products group. Daane earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
"I am honored and humbled to be selected by my friends and colleagues to receive this award and to join the company of previous Noyce recipients, individuals who are recognized as some of the semiconductor industry's greatest pioneers and champions," said Daane. "Perhaps our industry's greatest strength is our ability to continuously and relentlessly look forward – to the next great achievement or innovation. It is in that spirit that I gratefully accept this award and look forward to helping build an even stronger semiconductor industry."
The Noyce Award is named in honor of semiconductor industry pioneer Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.
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 that 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 United States. In 2013, U.S. semiconductor company sales totaled $155 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. Learn more at www.semiconductors.org.