Ahmad Chatila, CEO of MEMC, talks with Dickon Pinner, Global Cleantech Practice Leader from McKinsey & Company, about the green economy and how to do business with renewable energy.
Ahmad became President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in March 2009.
Prior to MEMC Ahmad served as Executive Vice President of the Memory and Imaging Division, and head of global manufacturing for Cypress Semiconductor. In these roles, he was responsible for strategy, financial performance and revenue growth for the Memory and Imaging Division, as well as global manufacturing for all divisions of Cypress. Previously Ahmad served as managing director of Cypress’ Low Power Memory Business Unit. Prior to these roles at Cypress, Ahmad served in sales at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).
Ahmad holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University.
Dickon is a Partner in McKinsey’s San Francisco office where he leads McKinsey’s Global Cleantech Practice. Dickon’s work in cleantech – or more broadly in resource productivity – stems from the thesis that many of the world’s largest industries (energy, transportation, food, land, water, and basic materials) will experience severe constraints at various points over the next decade, and that in this environment winning investors will create new capital market structures and investment vehicles to capture a disproportionate size of the multi-trillion dollar resource productivity prize.
Dickon serves all four of the key actors in the resource productivity space: investors (VC, PE, pension funds, SWF, multinational development banks), large energy and industrial incumbents (e.g., oil and gas companies, defense contractors, Asian high tech conglomerates, US utilities, car OEMs), technology start-ups and policy makers/influencers (government agencies, NGOs, regulators), where he helps each of them form the necessary new structures and alliances to build new businesses and mobilize capital at scale.
Before co-founding McKinsey’s Cleantech Practifce, Dickon served many of the world’s leading semiconductor companies on strategy, capital productivity and company turnarounds.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Dickon 3 years at Shell as a Reservoir Engineer, where he was responsible for the drilling of some of the earliest multi-lateral horizontal wells. He holds a Ph.D. in the physics of organic semiconductor devices from Cambridge University, an M.Sc in Physics from UC Berkeley, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a B.A (Double First Class Hons) in Physics from Cambridge University.