Jim Lai

Industry Expert (Semiconductor)

Mr. Lai is currently serving as a board member in a few public

semiconductor companies including Silicon Optronics, Inc. (3530.TW), Truelight Corp. (3234.TW), Giga Solution - a wholly owned subsidiary of Ardentec (3264.TW), Megachips Corp (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6875), and a start-up IC design company, Wolley Inc (CA, USA). He also serves as a member of compensation committee in FocalTech (3545.TW).


From 2003 to 2016, Mr. Lai served as President of GUC (3443.TW), a TSMC’s subsidiary and design service arm. He still serves as an Advisor in GUC after retiring from presidency position. From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Lai was in charge of various groups in TSMC North America including emerging accounts, design services, and ASIC BU. Prior to joining TSMC, Mr. Lai co-founded ASICtronics in 1990, one of the earliest 3rd party design service & IP companies in Silicon Valley. Mr. Lai’s earlier experience in semiconductor industry was well trained in LSI Logic and Toshiba America from 1985 to 1990 in Silicon Valley. Mr. Lai received his BSEE from National Taiwan University (1981), and MSEE from University of California, Santa Barbara (1983).


Mr. Lai had extensive experience supporting many startup companies in the world during his TSMC and GUC days. He also had a successful exit (M&A) in his own startup in 1990. He took GUC public in 2006 and transformed the company from a local Taiwan company into a global design service leader. Mr. Lai received 2009 National Outstanding Manager Award from then-President Ma of Taiwan, ROC.

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