Risto Puhakka

As president of VLSI Research, Risto Puhakka focuses on the analysis of semiconductor manufacturing and its implications for semiconductor capital equipment market.  He is responsible for supervising the research, analysis, and reporting of semiconductor equipment markets for the Chip Making Markets subscription service.  This includes technology evaluation, statistical analysis, analyzing collected data, and equipment market forecasting.  Mr. Puhakka also runs the client advisory activities, by regularly supplying advice and analysis to leading companies in the chip making industry.  Additionally, he has extensive advisory experience to investment banks, leasing companies, and various government agencies in topics related to chip manufacturing.  He is frequently quoted by major trade and business publications in topics related to his expertise.

Prior to his senior management role in VLSI Research, Mr. Puhakka held various analyst positions with the company.  He has done research in all aspects of semiconductor manufacturing as well as analysis of semiconductor capital equipment markets and technologies.  Examples of his work include the ‘ATE Demand Forecast Model’, an analysis of semiconductor test process, as well as a report on ‘How Many Suppliers a Given Chip Equipment Market Can Support’.  Mr. Puhakka was also responsible for VLSI’s Customer Satisfaction Survey on Chip Making Equipment for several years.

Mr. Puhakka’s experience includes various sales, marketing, and application activities with a global capital equipment manufacturer in Finland.  He earned his MBA from UC Berkeley with an emphasis in International Business and Marketing Strategy, and an MS in Mining and Process Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.