Grading the Chain: Atmel CEO Steven Laub

Steve Laub could be the most interesting semiconductor CEO you've never heard of, and he's probably not unhappy with that. He's done time at Teridian, Silicon Image, and Lattice, and it might not surprise you that he's a Bain Capital guy from back in the day. But he's never been the executive who seeks out…

How to Recycle E-Waste: Emulate Nokia

Because people are replacing their electronics at accelerating rates, there has been a proliferation of electronic waste worldwide. Some companies, such as Nokia, have started programs to recycle cellphones and to reclaim valuable materials hidden in electronic waste. More than 130 million cellphones are thrown away every year in the US. Seventeen-thousand tons of electronic…

ST-Ericsson Break-Up Fallout

You can chalk this up on your “Dead or Alive” board: The ST-Ericsson joint venture is officially on the dead side. Chip company STMicroelectronics and telecommunications gear maker Ericsson laid their final cards on the table earlier this week, announcing plans to dissolve the unprofitable four-year-old Switzerland-based JV. The writing has been on the wall…

Tallying the Cost of Compliance

It was never going to be cheap, but adding up the cost of compliance with government rules and regulations is proving to be quite exasperating for businesses and researchers alike. There is no precise price tag. It varies from one company to another even in the same industry and depends on a variety of factors,…

Supply Chain Accounting 101

Most supply chain professionals would benefit from some training in accounting. I am surprised by the number of times I encounter people holding positions of responsibility who just don't understand the numbers well enough. I must admit that accountants don't make it particularly easy. Take cashflow calculations as an example. There are two ways of…