ASE, EMD Electronics and KLA Corporation Representatives Appointed to SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees

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MILPITAS, Calif. — November 8, 2022 — The SEMI Foundation has appointed Patricia MacLeod, Director of Marketing and Communications at Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE); Katherine Dei Cas, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Delivery Systems and Services at EMD Electronics; and John McLaughlin, Global ESG Leader and Ann Arbor Site Lead at KLA Corporation to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees serves as advisors for the Foundation’s workforce development and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Patricia MacLeod, Katherine Dei Cas and John McLaughlin to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees,” said Shari Liss, Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation. “Their expertise and guidance will be invaluable as the Foundation accelerates its efforts to help the semiconductor industry grow and diversify its workforce.”

As Director of Marketing and Communications at ASE, Patricia MacLeod manages strategic marketing communications initiatives, global industry partnerships and media relations across North America and Europe. MacLeod ensures alignment of the company’s digital marketing and digital transformation strategies. She also integrates innovation milestone and sustainability leadership positioning across ASE’s technology and branding campaigns.

As Global Head of Delivery Systems and Services at EMD Electronics, Katherine (Kate) Dei Cas has profit and loss responsibility for a cross-functional global team that supports manufacturing, engineering, quality, field services, and sales for the company’s specialty gas and chemical equipment product lines and services. She oversees the implementation of the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy by serving on internal councils and on the SEMI Foundation Workforce Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council. She is also a member of the SEMI Americas North America Advisory Board.

As Global ESG Leader at KLA, John McLaughlin leads the company’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) program including KLA’s global reporting on climate emissions and sustainability. He is also president of the KLA Foundation. As Site Lead for the KLA facility in Ann Arbor, the company’s second U.S. headquarters, he oversees KLA’s growing presence in Michigan, including the scale-up and operations of its new research and development campus in the Ann Arbor Technology Park. The Park is home to more than 560 engineers, scientists, and corporate staff supporting the company’s customers and operations across the globe.

Find the complete listing of Board of Trustees on the SEMI Foundation website.

About SEMI Foundation

The SEMI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2001 to support economic opportunity for workers and the sustained growth of the microelectronics industry. The Foundation accomplishes this through creating pathways and opportunities for job seekers, and tools and systems for semiconductor companies to attract, develop, and retain a diverse, innovative, and skilled workforce. Visit to learn more, and connect with the Foundation on LinkedIn.

About SEMI

SEMI® connects more than 2,500 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics design and manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA), the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) and SOI Consortium are SEMI Strategic Technology Communities. Visit, contact one of our worldwide offices, and connect with SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter to learn more.

Association Contacts

Michael Hall/SEMI US
Phone: 1.408.943.7988

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