Jim Walker | Gartner

Analyst Profile

Jim Walker

Jim Walker

Research VP

17 years at Gartner ,  36 years industry experience
Las Vegas, NV USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Jim Walker is a Vice President of research in Gartner Technology and Service Provider Research, where he is part of the Worldwide Semiconductor Manufacturing group within the Semiconductors unit. Mr. Walker's areas of focus are semiconductor packaging, assembly, test, PCBA, MEMS and nanotechnology. He was a founding member and past president of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA), and has held memberships in the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), MicroElectronic Packaging and Test Engineering Council (MEPTEC), and the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC).

Areas of Coverage

  • Semiconductors


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Walker was the co-founder and vice president of marketing for Hana USA, an IC outsourcing packaging and assembly services company. Before that, at National Semiconductor, Mr. Walker performed various roles including serving as surface mount (SMT) packaging, marketing and strategy manager. Earlier in his career, while at Dexter Electronic Materials and E.I. DuPont, he performed research, development, quality assurance and technical service, using polymeric materials for adhesive, composite, aerospace, electronic and semiconductor applications. A founding member of the SMTA, Mr. Walker served at the national level as secretary, treasurer and then president in 1990. Mr. Walker also serves on the advisory board of MEPTEC and formerly those of Surfect Technologies and Bridgewave Communications.

Professional Background

E.I. DuPont, Senior Development Chemist, 2 years
Hana USA, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, 10 years
National Semiconductor, Director, Strategic Packaging and Marketing, 7 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Advisory Board Member - Microelectronic Packaging & Test Engineering Council (MEPTEC)
Co-founder - Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA)
Editorial Board Member - Advanced Packaging Magazine
SMTA Distinguished Alumnus (1991)
SMTA President Emeritus and former Board Chairman (1990)


B.S., Chemistry, California State Polytechnic University
Postgraduate work at California State University, Los Angeles