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Globalfoundries is hiring a former Cypress Semiconductor executive to head up marketing.

Globalfoundries has named former Cypress Semiconductor executive Jim Kupec to its top marketing position, as the newly established company begins to assemble its executive team.

Globalfoundries is the chip manufacturing company recently formed by a joint venture between Advanced Micro Devices and Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC).

Kupec spent 15 years with Cypress Semiconductor, rising through a variety of engineering, operations, and management positions to the role of senior vice president, according to a statement from Globalfoundries.

After leaving Cypress, Kupec became president of United Microelectronics Co. (UMC) USA. Taiwan-based UMC is one of the largest contract chip manufacturers in the world and competes with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Globalfoundries will compete with both of these companies for customers.

Most recently, Kupec served as chief operating officer of eSilicon, an ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) design and manufacturing services company.

"The addition of Jim's extensive foundry experience, on both the supplier and customer side of the business, underscores our commitment to building a world-class global foundry services provider," said Doug Grose, CEO of Globalfoundries, in a statement.