Archie Hwang, chairman and CEO of Hermes-Epitek, a top-tier Taiwanese representative to semiconductor equipment and materials firms, was named chairman of SEMI's international board of directors today at Semicon West 2006, being held this week in San Francisco. Hwang, who founded Hermes-Epitek in 1977, is also the founder of Episil Technologies, a Taiwan-based developer of silicon wafer for power, epitaxial and analog semiconductor products.He succeeds Ed Segal, senior advisor to Metron Technology, as chairman of the SEMI board. Also elected to the board were Wasuke Nakano, CEO, vice president and general manager of the Semiconductor Equipment Business Group for Hitachi High-Technologies, and Richard P. Wallace, CEO of KLA-Tencor Corp. Jerry Coder, president emeritus of DuPont Electronic Technologies, succeeds Segal as vice chairman of the board. The following SEMI board members were reelected: Robert Akins, chairman and CEO of Cymer Inc.; Jerry Coder, president emeritus of Dupont Electronic Technologies; Arthur Katsaros , group vice president of Development and Technology at Air Products & Chemicals; J.C. Kim, president of Songwon Edwards Ltd.; Stephen Newberry, president and CEO of Lam Research Corp.; Kasei Nomiya, chairman of Ultratech KK; and Franz Richter, president of Semiconductor Equipment Segment at Unaxis. George Chamillard, chairman of Teradyne, and Atsushi Horiba, president and CEO of Horiba Ltd., were elected as first-term ex-officio directors. Elected as third-term ex-officio directors were Brad Mattson, chairman of Tegal; Ed Segal, senior advisor at Metron Technology; and Duane Wadsworth, director of Micro-Mechanics.