Kenneth Levy

by David Park | November 16, 2014

Kenneth Levy is Chairman Emeritus of KLA-Tencor (Nasdaq: KLAC) Corporation. Ken has been associated with the semiconductor capital-equipment industry for more than 30 years. After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and spending six years in the aerospace simulation field, Levy joined the startup team at Computervision Corporation. He was responsible for Computervision’s entry into the semiconductor capital equipment industry through their Cobilt Division. Levy founded KLA Instruments Corporation in 1976. Under his leadership, KLA came to dominate new market areas in the semiconductor manufacturing instrumentation field innovating technologies in areas such as photomask and reticle inspection, wafer defect inspection, wafer metrology, and yield management software. KLA Instruments and Tencor Instruments merged in 1997. Presently, KLA-Tencor is a multi-billion dollar company that is the world leader in process control solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing and related industries. In addition to his duties at KLA-Tencor, Mr. Levy serves as a director emeritus on the board of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI), and as a board member of Juniper Networks, Extreme Networks and Ultratech Stepper, Inc. He also serves on the boards of several privately-held companies and acts as advisor to two venture capital partnerships. In recognition of his many contributions to the industry, Mr. Levy has received numerous awards, including the ‘SEMMY’ Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute award in the area of wafer fabrication, the SEMI Lifetime Achievement award, the Harvard Business School Association ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award, and elected membership in the National Academy of Engineering, ‘for the development and commercialization of automated inspection systems for the semiconductor industry.’