DANBURY, Conn., Sept. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ATMI, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATMI) today announced the appointment to its Board of Directors of George M. Scalise, who recently retired as president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Gene Banucci, Chairman of the Board of ATMI, said, "George is a highly respected leader in the semiconductor industry. With his intimate knowledge of semiconductor technologies, finance, and global dynamics, he has helped build the stature of the industry to what it is today. We look forward to applying his keen insights and broad perspectives to further enhance ATMI's growth prospects."

Mr. Scalise served from 1997 to 2010 as President of SIA, the premier trade association representing the United States computer chip manufacturing industry on issues of trade, technology, environmental protection, and worker safety and health. Before joining SIA, Mr. Scalise was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Apple Computer, Inc. from 1996 to 1997. From 1991 to 1996, he served as Senior Vice President of Planning and Development and Chief Administrative Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation. He has also held executive management positions at Maxtor Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, Fairchild Semiconductor and Motorola Semiconductor.

Mr. Scalise served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2000 to 2005, as Chairman from 2003 to 2005, and Deputy Chairman from 2001 to 2003; he also served on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from 2001 to 2009.

Mr. Scalise serves as a director of MindTree Ltd., Intermolecular Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and Purdue University and has served on the boards of SEMATECH, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Bay Area Economic Forum, and the Council on Foreign Relations Economic Task force on Japan. He served on the California Council on Science and Technology and was a member of the Joint High-Level Advisory Panel of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission, and chaired the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, US Department of Energy.