ABOUT Arthur W. Zafiropoulo
Principal, Ferrari of Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
Noted for both his leadership skills and technical expertise throughout the semiconductor industry since 1965, Zafiropoulo became president of Ultratech Stepper (now Ultratech, Inc.) in 1990, and in 1993 led the management buyout and subsequently drove one of the industry’s most successful IPOs. He serves as Chairman and CEO of the company.
Prior to joining the company, he served as President of the General Signal Semiconductor Equipment Group’s International Operations. Previous posts include: founder and president of Drytek, a successful startup dry etch company acquired by General Signal in 1986 and subsequently purchased by Lam Research Corp.; and president of Kayex, which comprised three companies: Hampco, Capco, and Spitfire. He holds several U.S. and foreign patents, but is best known for leading the turnaround of Ultratech Stepper, for which VLSI Research, Inc. of San Jose, California, inducted him into the Semiconductor Industry Hall of Fame.
Mr. Zafiropoulo was honored with SEMI’s first Bob Graham Award for Marketing Excellence.
In 2007, Mr. Zafiropoulo was elected Director Emeritus to the Board of Directors for SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International), after serving on the Board of Directors for 11 years, including Chairman and Vice President positions. SEMI is an international trade association representing the semiconductor, flat-panel display equipment and materials industry.