Richard Elkus, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and business leader, chronicles the history of what he calls America's abdication in key industries like television, consumer electronics and semiconductors.
He cites short-term financial interests that triumphed over long-term national strategies for economic competitiveness. He then outlines 10 critical principles essential for America to regain the economic and political clout that comes from strength in strategic global markets- The Commonwealth Club of California
Richard J. Elkus Jr.
Richard J. Elkus Jr. was one of the original investors in Voyan Technology. He has served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996 and as CEO since October 2002. He also serves on the Boards of KLA-Tencor and Lam Research as well as SOPRA, SA in France.
Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Prometrix Corporation, which he co-founded in 1983. Prometrix revolutionized the concept of computerized wafer mapping that is now fundamental to the analysis of wafer development and production in the semiconductor manufacturing process. Prometrix merged with Tencor and later with KLA, becoming KLA-Tencor.
From 1985 to 1992 Mr. Elkus was Director, investor, and finally Chairman of Integrated Systems, Inc., a large provider of real-time CAE and CASE operating systems and embedded CAE and CASE software systems.
Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Geometrics, which became the world's largest independent manufacturer of magnetometers and spectrometers specifically for the geophysical survey and analysis markets. He also served as Director of Acacia Sales, which was one of the fastest growing independent electronic distributors in the United States during the period 1973 to 1983.
He was previously with Ampex Corporation for 10 years, serving as Production Control Manager, General Manager of the Educational and Industrial Products Division, Assistant to the President, and member of the Operations Board. He wrote the original product plan and headed the team that introduced the VCR to the world in September 1970.
Mr. Elkus received his B.A. from Stanford University and his MBA from Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business Administration.