Dave Tacelli ’81: A multifaceted career in the semiconductor industry
Dave Tacelli’s multifaceted career in the semiconductor industry has kept pace with that sector’s explosive growth. With rapid technological development, the industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy grew 265 percent from 1987 to 2011. Government sources peg the industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy at more than $65 billion.
During his 28-year tenure with the former LTX Corporation, Tacelli held diverse executive positions including business manager, controller, director of customer service, director of manufacturing, vice president of operations, chief financial officer, and executive vice president.
"True leaders have to have conviction in their vision and not be afraid to make decisions."
Recognized as an effective change agent and proven leader, Tacelli became the president and chief executive officer and piloted the company through a merger and acquisition phase that spanned ten years and doubled the company’s size and market. In 2014, the company changed its name to Xcerra Corporation. It is the parent company for four powerful brands in the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing industries, with headquarters in Norwood, Massachusetts and a global sales and support network.
As Xcerra’s president and CEO, Tacelli is shaping the company’s vision and strategy. His success is built on a lesson he learned early in his career. “My first job out of college was working as a financial analyst for a very large company,” recalls Tacelli. “Every time a decision needed to be made, the responsibility was pushed to someone else because no one wanted to take responsibility. This lack of ownership caused many delays in work getting done. I vowed that when I was in a position to make decisions, I would not pass the buck to anyone else and I would make the decision and live with the consequences.”
That commitment to lead well and act decisively is integral to Tacelli’s management style. “The successful leaders I’ve been around never fear making a tough decision,” he explains. “Tough decisions can be confrontational and unpopular. But true leaders have to have conviction in their vision and not be afraid to make decisions that will support that vision.”
Tacelli has encouraging words for graduates entering the workforce. “Some young people think they need to have all the answers right out of college,” he says. “That’s not the way life works. You are always in a learning mode, no matter how long you have been in the workforce. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn from those around you.”
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