Kirby Jefferson retired from Intel after 35 years of service as Vice President in the Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG) and as General Manager of Intel’s Fab 11X manufacturing complex in Rio Rancho NM. He was responsible for all site operations at Fab 11X which fabricated many of Intel’s state-of-the-art semiconductor products. During Kirby’s tenure at the NM site, it was recognized with Intel’s highest team award called the “Intel Quality Award”, which recognizes organizations that are the best at role modeling Intel’s values.
Prior to his assignment in New Mexico, Kirby was the General Manager of Intel Semiconductor (Dalian) Ltd. – known as Fab 68. His eight years leading the Dalian chip production site spanned from initial concept, through site selection, site construction, and finally ramp to full volume production. Fab 68 also was the recipient of the “Intel Quality Award” which was the first time that a startup factory in Intel received such an award. In 2009 the Chinese government awarded Fab 68 the “China Friendship Award,” China’s highest recognition for contributions to the country’s economic development by foreign experts.
Kirby joined Intel in 1980 as a production supervisor at the company’s Fab 2 facility in Santa Clara, California. During his career at Intel, he has been involved in seven factory startup and has held a variety of jobs in manufacturing and engineering.
Kirby is the Board Chair of the United Way of Central New Mexico, and Presbyterian Health Care Services, the Vision Council Co-chair for Mission: Graduate, and is on the CNM Ingenuity Board.
Jefferson is a native New Mexican, attended public school in Albuquerque, and earned his BS and MBA degrees from the University of New Mexico. Kirby and his wife have two adult children and three grandchildren.