The site manager of Intel’s Fab 11X chip manufacturing plant in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Ann Kelleher, has become the first ever Irishwoman to be appointed as a Vice President of Intel, a major honour for her and a significant endorsement of the contribution of Irish talent to Intel.
This brings to three the number of Irish people who hold Vice President positions. Eamonn Sinnott, who is the General Manger of Intel Ireland is Vice President of Intel’s Technology Manufacturing Group and Rory McInerney, based at Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, is Vice President of Intel’s Architecture Group
Kelleher, who currently holds the site manager position at one of Intel’s most advanced fab facilities, has been named Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group..
In her role Kelleher is responsible for all aspects of the Fab 11X plant which employs more than 3,200 people, including safety, people and operational metrics for 45nm high-volume manufacturing and 32nm ramp.
Kelleher joined Intel Corporation in 1996 as a process engineer at Intel’s Leixlip facility going on to manage technology transfers and ramps in a variety of positions spanning 200mm and 300mm technologies. She then went on to become the factory manager of the Fab 24 facility in Leixlip before moving to Intel’s Fab 12 operation in Chandler, Arizona where she held the role of plant manager.
Ann Kelleher’s background
Kelleher hails from Macroom in Co. Cork and received a bachelor’s degree in 1987 and a master’s degree in1989 in electrical engineering from University College Cork, Ireland.
In 1993 Kelleher became the first ever female to receive a Ph.D. from the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC) which is now a part of the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork, Ireland.
Prior to joining Intel, Kelleher worked as a research scientist for IMEC, a micro- and nanoelectronics research center in Belgium.
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