Component vendor Micron has announced the appointment of Manish Bhatia as executive vice president of Global Operations. He will report directly to Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO.
In his new role, Bhatia will be responsible for driving Micron’s end-to-end operations, including the company’s global manufacturing fab footprint, back-end assembly and test operations. In addition, he will also oversee the firm's supply chain planning and fulfillment, procurement, quality and IT teams. The company says that this new Global Operations organisation aims to enhance Micron’s agility and responsiveness to meet customer requirements through a tighter coordination and alignment of these critical business functions.
Bhatia has over 22 years of engineering and operations experience, including the last 17 years in the semiconductor industry. He most recently served as the executive vice president of Silicon Operations at Western Digital Corporation. Prior to that, Bhatia held several executive roles at SanDisk Corporation and was the company’s EVP of Worldwide Operations when it was acquired by Western Digital. Before moving to SanDisk, Bhatia’s career included positions at Matrix Semiconductor, McKinsey & Company and Saint Gobain Corporation.
“Manish brings extensive executive experience and a deep understanding of the critical operational needs for successfully driving a complex semiconductor business,“ said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO of Micron. “Manish’s leadership will help us elevate our operations to best-in-class performance and enable Micron to capitalize on our leading-edge technologies and product solutions.”
Bhatia earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, which he attended as a Leaders for Manufacturing fellow.
This appointment comes at a real moment of strength for the company with its share price already having risen almost 90 per cent in 2017. Micron also announced last weeks its plans for a $1 billion equity offering, with some predicting that its stock could reach $60 by this time next year.