Global Business Council (GBC)

The Global Business Council (GBC) produces IMAPS initiatives that cover many business factors important to corporate IMAPS members. GBC programming develops and communicates the business perspective by producing conferences, forums, and webinars.


Lee Smith, Applied Materials
Rich Rice, ASE

Thomas Goodman, Izinus  

IMAPS has long been a society serving the interests of membership through various symposia, focused technology workshops, and local technical meetings. While the focus of the IMAPS program is largely technical in nature, one initiative within IMAPS is designed to address the business side of the IMAPS portfolio of technologies. 

What is the Global Business Council?

The Global Business Council (GBC) is an IMAPS initiative that focuses on business issues related to the technology areas addressed by the corporate organizational members of IMAPS. The revised charter is as follows:

PURPOSE: The IMAPS Global Business Council (GBC) is an initiative within IMAPS which leads the development and communication of the business view of and for the IMAPS corporate membership.

MISSION: The mission of the GBC is to provide value to IMAPS corporate membership by focusing on the business side of technology for microelectronics and packaging. This will be accomplished by development and presentation of events highlighting relevant business topics of interest to corporate membership.

The GBC is managed by a dedicated volunteer Steering Committee and support from IMAPS staff. The composition of the GBC Steering Committee is representative of a cross-section of dynamic business leaders who are in touch in some fashion with the business of microelectronics and packaging technologies. This team has invested its time to organize events that touch on todays global business condition.

The GBC is actively involved in the following areas, aiming to add value to our corporate membership.


To further the 4-Tiers iniative, the GBC has participated in forming a matrix which identifies the key supply chain elements by industry segment (Aerospace, Military & Security, Automotive Electronics, Biotech & Medical Electronics, Communications, Computers, Office & Peripherals, Consumer Electronics, Energy and Industrial/Lab) across the four main tiers of the supply chain (Industry Segment/End Market, Systems, Devices & Applications, Design, and Processes & Materials.) Corporate members will be identified by area in which they operate to help prospective customers find appropriate sources for their needs.

Roadmap Initiative - View Complete Roadmap - PDF | PPT
The GBC intends to play a greater role in working with the National Technical Committee (NTC) to scout for and address topics valuable to you, the key benefactors of our programs. We believe that we can communicate the challenges that face the various industry segments we serve, and that we can turn them into action items to be addressed by the IMAPS technical community.

GBC Goes Global with Regional GBC in Europe
The GBC Steering Committee in North America provided advice and assistance to help the GBC in Europe get going.

GBC Spring Conference
Just prior to the Device Packaging Conference in/around Scottsdale, Arizona in March, the GBC holds its Spring Conference with a business-oriented program.  In addition to the Golf Tournament which benefitted the Microelectronics Foundation, attendees participated in a welcome reception with keynote speakers and an all day conference on issues affecting our industry.

GBC Marketing Forum
Each fall during IMAPS International Symposium on Microelectronics, the GBC holds its Marketing Forum with a business-oriented program. The Marketing Forums usually have a specific technical focus and are open to all attendees of the annual symposium.