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Brian Toohey, former senior vice president at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, has been named the new head of the Semiconductor Industry Association. Toohey will replace George Scalise, who announced his decision to retire in 2010.

Headhunting firm Korn/Ferry International led the search to replace Scalise. Toohey officially starts at SIA on July 19.

“Brian Toohey’s strong management and industry experience will enable him to build on the contributions George Scalise has made to the industry in his role as SIA president,” John Daane, chairman of the SIA and chairman, president and CEO of Altera Corp., said in a statement. “Brian has an understanding and passion for technology and innovation from his extensive experience with technology-driven companies and industries.”

Toohey comes on board as the trade group is completing its relocation from California to Washington, D.C.

Prior to his seven years at PhRMA, Toohey worked in senior management at DEKA Research and Development Corp., Aircell Inc. and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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