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Fab foot forward In the past 25 years, Intel’s Fab 24 Factory Manager Ann-Marie Holmes has become one of only two female factory managers at the Ireland campus; an important mark in showing that it is possible for anyone, male or female, to achieve their career aspirations.
ntel’s Fab 24 Factory Manager, AnnMarie Holmes finds that the rate of technical change in the industry is ever increasing, having moved from micron dimensions to transistors as small as 14nm in such a short space of time. “This rate of change, which is governed by Moore’s Law, in turn requires a rapid rate of change and development in technical skills, speed of delivery, how you manage people, our ability to pick up new practices, and to learn and improve – all of these things are of paramount importance in enabling us to keep up with this rapid rate of change,” Holmes comments. On the mark she has made in the industry, she says that “on a personal level, in the last 25 years I have become one of only two female factory managers at the Ireland campus and I think this has been an important mark in showing that it is possible for anyone, male or female, to achieve their career aspirations.”
The Right Balance With her background in engineering, “naturally I defaulted into a technical area and have worked as an engineer for many years now in various different job roles.” “Intel is an interesting and innovative place where you can find a balance between that technical interest and also being able to manage people. Ultimately, I enjoy what I do and am absolutely in the career that I wanted,” she enthuses. After beginning her Intel career as a Process Engineer, Holmes progressed to a role as Group Leader, “managing about 10 engineers in different functional areas of our fab operations. This was a role that really helped me to learn 106 | Silicon Valley Global
how to get results through people.” In her next role as the 90nm transfer manager for Fab 24, she gained an appreciation of influencing skills “as I was responsible for the coordination of a number of different groups around this particular project. Working across so many different departments really gave me an understanding and an admiration of each of their specific areas of expertise. “
“It really is about how to successfully lead, as opposed to manage, the whole organisation of more than 2,000 people.” She then worked as a Department Manager, a role in which she was managing people managers and learning how to motivate them in order for them to in turn motivate others. In 2011 she was promoted to her current role as Intel’s Fab 24 Factory Manager. In her current position, Holmes manages senior managers and has to ensure that she supports and enables them to meet their own department needs. “It really is about how to successfully lead, as opposed to manage, the whole organization of more than 2,000 people.” As Fab 24 Factory Manager, Holmes holds responsibility for all aspects of advanced
manufacturing taking place in the fab on the existing 65nm technology node whilst preparing her team for the transfer of a leading edge process technology in the future. This includes responsibility for safety, people and all operational indicators associated with Fab 24 which is a $4 billion facility. “It is my job to ensure that we deliver Best in Class indicators on all of our key areas and that we provide a safe and enjoyable working environment for our people,” she says. The originator of the women in technology pipeline, which was designed to create opportunities for female technical employees to participate in leadership and management development, Holmes demonstrated her technical leadership and innovation by spearheading the most successful process start-up in Intel’s history worldwide in 2004.
Passion for Technology Her passion for technology has led her to be considered in Intel Worldwide as a leading expert in wafer fabrication and she regularly travels to other Intel sites to lead and facilitate task force meetings. There’s not just one recipe for being successful, she believes. Rather, it is about making it work for you, and there are many different ways to do this. “I have realized for myself that how I balance and manage my career is a 50/50 partnership with my husband and on having a strong support structure that helps me to do what I do on a day to day basis,” she comments. Each of Holmes’ career milestones have been a highlight and have helped her progress
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