Dr. Shih-Wei Sun was previously UMC’s Vice Chairman, CEO, and COO. He joined UMC in 1995 and was responsible for the operation of UMC 6”, 8”, 12” wafer fabs, Central R&D, and global foundry business development. As UMC CEO, he successfully led UMC’s restructuring and strong recovery from the 2008 global financial crisis. Prior to joining UMC, Dr. Sun worked for Motorola Semiconductor in Austin, Texas for 10 years on 68000 series, Power PC microprocessors, microcontrollers, and memory products. He has over 60 granted patents, publications respectively, and served as the Device, Asia Committee Chairman of IEDM (International Electron Device Meeting). Dr. Sun received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 1986. He was also the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Career Achievement Award for Alumni of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University.
After he retired from UMC, Dr. Sun worked with GSR Capital as Venture & Operation Partner, and McKinsey, Lam Research, Spansion as Senior Advisor. He also served as the Chairman of Advanced Micro Foundry (Silicon Photonics Co. in Singapore), Smarter Micro (RF Front-End Co. in Shanghai), and board director of UMC, Unimicron, Epistar, global tech companies, Private Equity firms, A*STAR in Singapore, and McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University. In early 2022, he retired from his positions in China as the Global Executive Vice President of Tsinghua Unigroup and CEO of XMC in Wuhan where he engineered an overall transformation project through the pandemic.