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Intel Foundry Services has been recruiting executives and senior staff from competitor chipmakers to compete with TSMC and Samsung.

Suk Lee and Michael Chang, two TSMC veterans with a combined 44 years of experience working for the Taiwanese company, are the newest hires to Intel’s revived foundry division, Intel Foundry Services. According to their LinkedIn accounts, Lee is vice president of Intel’s ecosystem technology office, while Chang has been promoted to vice president of customer enablement.

Chang worked with TSMC for 31 years, most recently as director of advanced technology solutions. Lee spent 13 years with TSMC as vice president of the Design Infrastructure Management division before departing alongside Chang in June.

Intel’s foundry team grows

As part of CEO Pat Gelsinger’s comeback strategy to reclaim the chip manufacturing throne from TSMC and Samsung, the company introduced Intel Foundry Services in March 2021. This gave fabless chip makers like AMD and Apple a competitive edge.

Since then, Intel has increased the size of its foundry team by relocating personnel inside the company and hiring from other chip makers, including competing manufacturers. Intel’s $5.4 billion acquisition of Israel’s Tower Semiconductor is expected to swallow up an entire team of foundry specialists.

Hong Hao, who joined Intel Foundry Services in June after serving as senior vice president and head of Samsung’s North American foundry division, was one of the company’s first well-known outside appointments. Margaret Han, a 21-year TSMC veteran who joined Intel’s foundry division as senior director of global external production sourcing and supply management, switched in the same period.