Malcolm Penn is the founder, Chairman & CEO of Future Horizons, a leading global semiconductor industry analyst. Established in April 1989, Mr Penn’s business experience covers all aspects of the semiconductor and electronics industry, including new business development, manufacturing, marketing and design.
Prior to establishing Future Horizons, Mr Penn was Vice President and Director of European Operations for Dataquest (now Gartner), responsible for establishing and running all of its European research operations. Previously he was Manager of Component Engineering for ITT Europe Telecommunications (now Alcatel) and Executive Director of ITT Semiconductors (now Micronas and General Signal), responsible for its UK-based front and back-end semiconductor operations and worldwide DRAM Business Group.
Mr Penn studied Electronics Engineering at London’s Southbank University during which time he worked his way through college as a professional musician.
A member of the 1994 European Commission sponsored Cornu Panel of senior industry executives, Future Horizons was responsible for publishing the “Report of the European Microelectronics Panel” used to help formulate the strategy for EC microelectronics support in Europe.
More recently, Mr Penn authored the European Commission Report on “Mergers & Acquisitions In The Semiconductor Industry”, which identified the driving factors and opportunity scenarios behind the current wave of semiconductor industry M&A.
He was also co-author of the European Commission Report on “Benefits and Measures to Set Up 450mm Semiconductor Prototyping and to Keep Semiconductor Manufacturing in Europe” and was an independent advisor to the Commission VP Cabinet and DG InfoSoc developing a European strategy for micro- and nanoelectronics components and systems.
Mr Penn has worked extensively throughout Europe as well as in the United States, the former USSR, Japan, Korea and Israel. He has also been active in Armenia since 2011 helping and supporting the global development of Armenia’s high-tech industry and was also co-sponsor of the 2021 Women’s Foundation in Armenia competition.