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Dr. Felix Zandman, Chairman and CEO of Vishay Intertechnology, to Receive EIA Medal of Honor


Felix Zandman
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MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA - April 17, 2001 - The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) has announced that Dr. Felix Zandman, Chairman and CEO of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH), will be awarded the 2001 EIA Medal of Honor at the EIA Government-Industry Dinner on May 8, 2001 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC. U.S. President George W. Bush has been invited. It is customary that the U.S. President or Vice President attends the ceremony. EIA, a partnership of electronic and high-tech associations and companies that represents 80 percent of the $550 billion U.S. electronics industry, presents its most prestigious award each year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the electronic industries.

According to EIA President Dave McCurdy, "Dr. Zandman's leadership, courage, and dedication have led to a legacy of scientific breakthroughs and technology patents that have advanced the electronics industry. He is a remarkable individual and we are pleased to salute his significant contributions as this year's honoree."

Dr. Zandman founded Vishay Intertechnology in 1962. Under his leadership, Vishay has become a leading global manufacturer of passive electronic components and semiconductor components. A noted author and innovator, Dr. Zandman has published three textbooks and many scientific papers, and holds 39 patents in the United States and abroad. He has also written Never the Last Journey, an autobiography recounting his journey from Holocaust victim to Chairman and CEO of a high-tech multinational corporation.

Dr. Zandman's accomplishments have garnered numerous distinguished awards, including the Order of Merit for Research and Invention (France), Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Society for Stress Analysis, Franklin Institute Medal for Science, Best Strategic Investor Award from the Israel Manufacturers Association, and Legion of Honor awarded by the President of France. He holds a mechanical engineering degree and MS in physics from the University of Nancy (France) and a PhD in physics from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. He was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Beer Sheva (Israel) and from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).      

In receiving the 2001 EIA Medal of Honor, Dr. Zandman will join 50 past recipients of the award, including such notable industry pioneers as David Sarnoff (1952, Chairman and CEO, Radio Corporation of America); Paul V. Galvin (1956, Founder and Chairman, Motorola); David Packard (1974, Co-founder, Hewlett Packard Co.); Sanford McDonnell (1986, Chairman, CEO, and President, McDonnell Douglas Corp.); Norman Augustine (1994, Chairman and CEO, Martin Marietta Corp.); C. Michael Armstrong (1997, Chairman and CEO, Hughes Electronics Corp.); and Richard McGinn (1999, Chairman and CEO, Lucent Technologies).

About EIA:      The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) comprises more than 2,100 members that represent 80 percent of the $550-billion U.S. electronics industry. The Alliance encompasses six sector associations, including the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA), which represents manufacturers and producers of passive and active electronic components, component arrays and assemblies, and materials and support services. ECA and its sector partners benefit from a dynamic link into a network of programs and activities in areas such as business and technical information, market research trends and analysis, access to industry and government leaders, technical and education training, and others. EIA can be found on the Internet at www.eia.org.

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, power supplies, and medical markets. Vishay’s product innovations, successful acquisition strategy, and "one-stop shop" service have made it a global industry leader. Vishay can be found on the Internet at www.vishay.com.

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