Wijburg remains in charge of Fab 1 in Dresden as well and is tasked with bring the know-how generated in Dresden to New York and accelerate the production ramp.
The executive joined Globalfoundries in 2011 from NXP Semiconductors, where he was responsible for the company's seven wafer fabs. The promotion puts Wijburg in charge of the entire high-end chip production at Globalfoundries, the world's second largest chip foundry. He will share his time between Dresden and Malta, media reports in Germany said.
Fab 8 is Globalfoundries third and newest fab and has been constructed for a total cost of almost $9 billion. The fab's capacity is estimated at 60,000 300 mm wafers per month with chips being produced in 28 nm and development for 20 and 14 nm chips. Fab 8 is expected to employ about 1,800 people, while Fab 1 currently employs 3,500 permanent and 350 temp workers.