Dr. Thomas Caulfield

Board member since 2018
Dr. Thomas Caulfield is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GF. He was named CEO and elected to the board of directors in March 2018 and led the company’s initial public offering in October 2021, which was the largest semiconductor IPO on the Nasdaq that year. He joined GF in May 2014 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Fab 8 semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility in Malta, NY. Dr. Caulfield led operations, process development, and the expansion and ramp-up of semiconductor manufacturing production. He has an extensive career spanning engineering, executive management and global operational leadership with leading technology companies.

Prior to joining GF, Dr. Caulfield served as President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Soraa from May 2012 to May 2014, the world’s leading developer of GaN on GaNTM (gallium nitride on gallium nitride) solid-state lighting technology. Before Soraa, Dr. Caulfield served as President and COO of Ausra from 2009 to 2010, a leading provider of large-scale concentrated solar power solutions for electrical power generation and industrial steam production. Prior to leading at Ausra, Dr. Caulfield served as Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service at Novellus Systems, Inc. Before that, Dr. Caulfield spent 17 years at IBM in a variety of senior leadership roles, ultimately serving as vice president of 300mm semiconductor operations for IBM’s Microelectronics division, leading its wafer fabrication and R&D operations in East Fishkill, NY.

He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Western Digital Corporation. Dr. Caulfield earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from St. Lawrence University before entering Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering as well as a Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Caulfield was also a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia’s Engineering Center for Strategic Materials.