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Founding CEO of ARM Bestowed GSA’s Highest Honor

Sir Robin Saxby to be Awarded Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award

SAN JOSE, Calif. (October 23, 2012) – The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the voice of the global semiconductor industry, proudly announces the winner of the 2012 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award: founding CEO and Chairman of ARM Holdings, Sir Robin Saxby. He will be presented with this lifetime achievement award during the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

“Sir Robin epitomizes what the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award encompasses,” agrees Jodi Shelton, president of GSA and Mark Edelstone, Analyst at JP Morgan. “We are honored to present this year’s award to someone who is a true technology visionary that helped to transform the embedded processor market and create a partnership centric ecosystem that has created meaningful growth, jobs and success for hundreds of companies within the broad semiconductor sector.”

Established in 1999, the first GSA “Exemplary Leadership Award” was given to Dr. Morris Chang, chairman and chief executive officer of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC).  Today, the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award recognizes individuals for their exceptional contributions, exemplifying how their vision and global leadership have transformed and elevated the entire semiconductor industry.

“I am truly humbled to receive this year’s Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the GSA. From a very early age, I considered myself destined for the electronics industry,” said Sir Saxby.  “Being recognized among my peers, as a pioneer in the semiconductor industry, is a true honor.”

Sir Robin led ARM Holdings from a start-up company in 1990, to being listed on NASDAQ and the LSE in 1998. Saxby retired from ARM at the end of September 2007. He served as President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) from 2006 to 2007, where he is still an active Fellow and Past President.

From 1986 to 1990, Sir Robin served as the Managing Director of ES2 Ltd., and was the CEO of Henderson security Systems Limited from 1984 to 1986. Prior to joining Henderson, Sir Robin served in a variety of sales, marketing and engineering management roles at Motorola Semiconductors from 1973 to 1984. Before that, he was involved in design and development with Rank Bush Murphy and Pye TMC.

In 2002, Sir Robin was knighted for services to the information technology industry. He is also a Faraday medalist of the IET and has served as Chairman of the Open Microprocessor Initiative Advisory Group, a European Union panel advising on the collaborative R&D activity in Europe. Sir Robin is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of IET.

Sir Robin received his bachelor in Engineering Electronics in 1968 from the University of Liverpool, where he has been a visiting professor since 1999. He also hold honorary doctorate from the Universities of Liverpool, Loughborough, Essex, York and Anglia Ruskin.

About the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration:

The annual GSA Awards Dinner Celebration is the industry’s premier event. Each year the GSA recognizes companies that have demonstrated excellence through their vision, strategy, execution and future opportunity. The celebration honors the achievements of semiconductor companies in several categories ranging from outstanding leadership to financial accomplishments, as well as overall respect within the industry. The Awards Dinner Celebration will start at 5:30 p.m. with a networking reception, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. The keynote address will be given by Cal Ripkin Jr., Baseball’s Iron Man and Hall of Famer.

The dinner is made possible by title sponsor TSMC, VIP sponsor Model N and networking reception sponsor Samsung, as well as general sponsors Advantest, Amkor, ARM, ASE Group, Bristlecone, Broadcom, Cadence Design Systems, CSR, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, Magnachip, Morgan Stanley, Needham, NVIDIA, QUALCOMM, Samsung, SMIC and UMC. To make reservations to attend the Awards Dinner, please visit:

About GSA:

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) mission is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation.  It addresses the challenges within the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions.  Providing a platform for meaningful global collaboration, the Alliance identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence.  Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 30 countries across the globe.

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