Robert W. Galvin, chairman of the executive committee of Motorola, has been elected chairman of Sematech, the Austin, Tex., industry-government research consortium devoted to advanced semiconductor manufacturing.
Galvin replaces Charles Sporck, who led the drive to create Sematech. Sporck earlier this month announced his retirement as president and chief executive of National Semiconductor. It was not announced at that time that Sporck was also relinquishing his role at Sematech.
"The semiconductor industry and the nation owe Charlie Sporck their gratitude for his leadership in bringing Sematech from a concept to a reality," W. J. Spencer, Sematech president and chief executive, said in a statement. "I am very honored to have Bob Galvin as part of the Sematech team. We are fortunate to have an industry leader of his stature."
Galvin was another of the high-profile electronics industry executives who worked hard for the establishment of the research consortium, and Motorola was one of the founding member companies.