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Michael Wright



  • 30 years as a lead executive and entrepreneur, at scale, in the publicly traded, private and non-profit sectors of global high-technology (CEO, COO, GM, Exec. VP, Sr. VP, Board Member)


  • Multiple industries

    • Filtration

    • Software (cost modeling/capacity planning)

    • A&E, Design/Build

    • Instrumentation

    • Modeling Software; IoT

    • Semiconductor Equipment and Materials

    • Consumables/Consumer

  • Start-up to Large Market Cap

  • Adjunct professor Carlson MBA program MGMT 6034 Strategic Leadership



Career Highlights


Michael is the former President of Entegris, Inc. (ENTG), a leading supplier to semiconductor device manufacturers and package suppliers. On his watch Entegris profitably grew from $210 million in revenue to ~ $700 million.


Michael has contributed corporate leadership in a broad range of senior executive management positions at such flagship semiconductor related technology companies as Integrated Air Systems, General Signal, GCA, Ultratech, CH2MHill/IDC, Integrated Solutions and Empak. He is also the founder of


Michael’s board experience includes publicly traded, privately held and non-profit organizations. Among them are Rudolph Technologies,  (RTEC), August Technologies (AUGT), Starview Technologies, the UMN Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), MHTA,WWK and several international subsidiaries and joint ventures. He also served as a member and Chairman of SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium and is a past member of SEMATECH's competitive analysis group (CAG). He has worked as a private turn around CEO for public and privately held companies. He taught Strategic Leadership at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, holds two patents in microfluidics and is the recipient of the IABC Excel award for his leadership in business.


Industry Membership/Participation

  • ISS (Industry Strategy Symposium-SEMI) Forecast Panel Moderator

  • ISS Conference Committee Member, Chairman, Chairman Emeritus

  • SEMATECH Competitive Analysis Group (CAG); member

  • SEMATECH Cost Modeling Users Group; member

  • Center for Micro-Contamination Control, Univ. of Arizona; Board Member

  • AT&T Annual Engineering and Design Forum

  • Institute of Environmental Sciences; Multiple Papers on Cleanroom Design

  • International Committee of Contamination Control Societies

  • Symposium Chairman; Safety Supply Canada Conference

  • IBM Contamination Control Conferences

  • Cybersecurity Summit

  • Cybersecurity Boot Camp


Educational Seminars/Workshops/ Courses Designed and Facilitated

University of Minnesota, Center for Technology Leadership,

Signature Series: Managing New Product Development for Business Growth; and Business Strategy in Technology Development

SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, trade association): Understanding and Using Cost of Ownership; How to Successfully Manage New Product Introductions *

​* Highest rated course in SEMI’s >30-year education history:

Both of the above courses have been adapted and taught worldwide. Audiences include: Texas Instrument, Siemens, Phillips, Applied Materials, Lam Research, Allied Signal, TEL, and many others in the top 100 semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers.   

Sample Business and Technical Published Articles (over 30)

  • The New Business Normal; (Book)

  • Applying Lessons Learned; Wafer News, Executive Contributors Edition

  • The Dynamics of Demographics, Industry Insight; Solid State Technology

  • Theme for the Decade: ‘Predictability’; Semiconductor Magazine

  • New Wafer Carrier Architecture Address 300 mm Challenge; Micro

  • Current Issues & Trends in Marketing High Tech Products in a Global Environment; American Marketing Association (AMA)

  • Consumer Research and Management Needs: A High-Tech Perspective; AMA Winter Academic Conference

  • Reducing Risk in Buying Surplus Equipment Industry Insights; Solid State Technology

  • Putting Your Chips on Relationships; Channel Magazine (SEMI)

  • Various articles on Cost and Operational Modeling; Applied Cost Modeling

  • Third Party Service for the Semiconductor Industry; Channel Magazine (SEMI)

  • 64 Mb DRAMS Driving Force for Market; Channel Magazine (SEMI)

  • Complex Mechanisms Capture and Retain Particles; Cleanrooms

  • Criteria and Methods to Evaluate Performance When Comparing Filters; Cleanrooms

  • Procedures Test Filtration Properties of Filters; Cleanrooms

  • Closing the Process Loop; Microelectronic Manufacturing & Testing

  • Clean Rooms & Beyond; (Guest Editorial) Solid State Technology

  • Sensor Technology -Key to Survival; Sensors (Premier Issue)

  • Air Velocity Measurement Using Electronic Sensors; Measurement and Controls

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