Vladimir Popov was born in Kaliningrad, Russia, in 1950. He studied physics at St. Petersburg State University. He is Managing Director of Svetlana Semiconductor, the first production manufacturing facility in USSR. He has held this position since 1994. Previously he held various design and manufacturing leadership positions. He had joined Svetlana in Jan 1975. Initially he was part of a research group developing semiconductors for satellites. One of his major contributions was a close linkage between those designing new semiconductors and those who would be responsible for their manufacture. In this oral history, he talks about a number of management challenges, including that of moving semiconductors into production from R&D and also the challenges of changing to a market economy after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Svetlana Semiconductor; St. Petersburg State University; Academy of Sciences of Russia; semiconductor history