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Texas Instruments Senior Leadership Changes

Semiconductor company Texas Instruments names SVP Brian Crutcher, 39, to head its Analog business, and SVP Greg Delagi, 49, to lead its Embedded Processing business.  Crutcher, is a 17-year TI veteran who most recently led the company's Embedded Processing business comprised of microcontrollers and digital signal processors. Under his leadership, this business gained substantial market share and increased new product introductions. In assuming responsibility for the company's Analog business, Brian replaces Gregg Lowe, who has left TI to become CEO at Freescale Semiconductor.

Delagi, is a 28-year TI veteran who most recently led the company's Wireless business and managed its transition to applications processors and connectivity products with strong growth prospects in a wide range of embedded applications. His new responsibility combines OMAP™ applications processors and connectivity products with the company's microcontrollers and digital signal processors into a single Embedded Processing business.

F5 Networks Promotes Senior Sales Executive

F5 Networks promotes SVP-Americas Sales, Dave Feringa, as EVP-Worldwide Sales as Mark Anderson has resigned from the position. He was appointed Regional VP of North America and was later promoted to SVP, Americas Sales. Prior to joining F5, he was Regional Sales Manager and Sales Director at Cisco and VP at Lucent Technologies.

Freescale Semiconductor Names Texas Instruments Exec as CEO; Makes Board Appointments

Freescale Semiconductor named Gregg A. Lowe, 48, President and CEO of the company. Mr. Lowe comes to Freescale from Texas Instruments where he served as SVP and manager of the Analog business. He is a 28-year TI veteran and has been in charge of the Microcontroller organization, and the European automotive sales force, managing teams and customer relationships in France, Germany, Italy, England and Spain and contributing to the field sales organization, with responsibility for growing the company's business with automobile manufacturers.

The company has also appointed J. Daniel McCranie, 68, as Non-Executive Chairman of the board. He currently serves on Freescale's board of directors. He has served as the Chairman of ON Semiconductor and Executive Chairman of Virage Logic. In executive management role, he served as President and CEO of Virage Logic, EVP, Marketing and Sales at Cypress Semiconductor and President, and CEO of SEEQ Technology.

John T. Dickson, 64, and Gordon Almquist, 61, have been appointed as directors. John Dickson is EVP of Alcatel-Lucent and Head of Operations. Prior to his current role, he was President and CEO of Agere Systems, EVP and CEO of Lucent Technologies’ Microelectronics and Communications Technologies Group, COO and VP of the group’s Integrated Circuits division. Before joining Lucent he was Chairman and CEO at SHOgraphics.

Mr. Almquist, is currently VP & CFO of WaveConnex, a semiconductor technology company. Prior to WaveConnex, he was a Co-Founder and VP Finance & Administration and Secretary of Strix Systems, a manufacturer and marketer of wireless mesh networking equipment; VP, Finance & Administration, CFO, and Secretary of Vertel, a provider of telecom network management software and engineering services.

Sales Head of Brocade Leaves

Ian Whiting, 47, SVP of Worldwide Sales of Brocade, the supplier of networking equipment, is leaving the company. He joined the company to serve as VP of EMEA and Latin America, as well as VP Worldwide Sales and Services in addition to VP and GM for the Brocade Data Center Infrastructure Division. Prior to joining Brocade, Whiting was Director of Compaq StorageWorks in EMEA and VP-EMEA for NetWorth.

Teradyne’s President of Systems Test BU Retires

Jeffrey R. Hotchkiss, 64, President, Systems Test Group, retires from Teradyne, the supplier of automatic test equipments for semiconductors, systems and wireless. Before being named the President, Systems Test Group he has held positions like President of Assembly Test Systems and President of Diagnostic at Teradyne. Prior to Teradyne, he was CEO and President of Empirix.

Ciena Names Terremark Founder to Board

Ciena, the supplier of telecommunications networking equipment, software and services, appoints Manuel D. Medina, 59, founder of Terremark to board. He is currently Managing Partner of Medina Capital Partners, a privately-held investment firm focused on funding technology companies. He founded Terremark in 1980 and served as its Chairman and CEO till the company was acquired by Verizon.

Experienced Tech CEO named to Emulex board

High performance storage networking products company Emulex appointed industry leader Beatriz Infante, 57, to its Board of Directors. Ms. Infante is the CEO of Business Excelleration, a business transformation consultancy she founded in 2009, and also serves as director at Sonus Networks. Prior to these roles, she was the CEO and director of ENXSuite, a leading supplier of energy management solutions, until its acquisition by Infor in 2011. She also served as CEO of VoiceObjects; Interim CEO of Sychron; Chairman, President and CEO of Aspect Communications; and several roles including SVP, Application Servers at Oracle.

Vocera appoints CIO from Dell Subsidiary Force10 Networks

Vocera Communications, the healthcare communication solutions company, names Steven Soderberg as CIO. Soderberg will lead Vocera's global initiatives for deployment of enterprise class business applications. He joins Vocera from Force10 Networks, a Dell Subsidiary. Prior to joining Force10, he held the position of CIO at PGP Corporation, Otis Spunkmeyer and the Robert Mondavi Company. He has been a member of the Consortium of Information Systems Executives (CISE) - Silicon Valley.

Cleartronic’s Sales and Marketing Head Resigns from Board

Michael J. Gutowski, 53, the Current VP, Sales and Marketing of Cleartronic, the unified group communication solution provider, resigned as a board member. Previously, he served as the President and COO of CNE Group, CEO of Connectivity, President and COO of Arrow Resources Development, and CEO of SRC Technologies.

Extreme Networks Hires CFO from Cree

Extreme Networks appoints John T. Kurtzweil as CFO and SVP from Cree. He succeeds interim CFO Jim Judson, who will continue as a consultant during a transition period. Prior to Cree, he was CFO at MeetMe, Cirrus Logic, Quepasa, ON Semiconductor and Honeywell.

RadiSys Welcomes Former Bain and McKinsey Telecom Expert to Board

RadiSys appointed Vincent H. Tobkin, 59, to its board. Mr. Tobkin brings a vast knowledge of the telecom industry. He is the owner of Tobkin Enterprises which is an advisor to several companies and management teams. Prior to this role, he was a Senior Advisor, Director and Global Telecom/Technology Practice Leader of Bain & Company, General Partner and Co-Founder of Sierra Ventures, a leading venture capital firm, and a partner at McKinsey.

Optical Network Components Company Names Head of Global Business and COO

Oclaro, the optical network components company, appointed Jim Haynes, 50, to the position of President, Global Business and Terry Unter, 60, to the position of COO. Prior to this Mr. Haynes served as President and GM, Photonic Components and COO for the company. He was Officer VP - U.K. Operations and VP - Operations and Site Leader, Caswell for Bookham Technology (now Oclaro). He has also served as COO of Agility Communications, a tunable laser company and Director of Technology of Nortel Networks.

Prior to his appointment as COO, Dr. Unter served as the Company's President and GM, Optical Networks and EVP of the Company's Transport Systems Solutions division. He was President and CEO of Mintera, which was acquired Oclaro. Prior to joining Mintera, he was COO at Corvis.

ANADIGICS Names VP-Infrastructure Products and CTO

ANADIGICS, the RF and mixed-signal semiconductor maker, names Tim Laverick as VP-Infrastructure Products and Robert Bayruns as VP & CTO. Laverick is a business and engineering leader with over 20 years of experience in the RF and Microwave semiconductor industry. He has held positions like VP, design technology and GM of the fiber optic product segment at ANADIGICS. He has authored numerous technical articles for trade journals and publications and holds three U.S. patents.

Bayruns has over 30 years of leadership and engineering experience. He was VP of Engineering & Product Development at Jacket Micro Devices, Mobilian, TROPIAN, and WJ Communications. Bayruns played an instrumental role during the Anadigics start-up in 1985, where he led the development of the industry's first GaAs MMIC power amplifier (PA) to go into volume production in a cell phone. He has extensive experience in silicon and gallium arsenide circuits, systems, and device technologies, has authored more than 20 technical articles, and holds 20 US patents.

Mindspeed Technologies Senior Exec Replacements

Preetinder S. Virk assumed the role of SVP and GM, Communications Convergence Processing (CCP) at Mindspeed Technologies, the semiconductor solutions company, as Thomas J. Medrek resigns. Virk rejoins the company from Freescale Semiconductor, where he served most recently as Director of Strategy and Market Development for the networking and multimedia solutions group. Prior to that, he was SVP and GM, Enterprise and Consumer Premise Equipment (CPE) at Mindspeed.

Lantronix Chairman Change

Thomas M. Wittenschlaeger, 53, Chairman of Lantronix, company providing device networking and remote access products for remote IT management has resigned in order to focus on his additional responsibilities as CEO and Principal Financial Officer of Keyon Communications Holdings, and as the Chief Technologist of NantCloud. The Board appointed Bernhard Bruscha, 58, Lantronix founder, current board member and largest shareholder, as Chairman of the Board. Bruscha formerly served as the CEO of Transtec.

eOn CEO Change

eOn Communications, the voice, e-mail and internet communications management/integration company, appoints Stephen Swartz, 57, as Principal Executive Officer as James W. Hopper, 67,  is resigning as CEO and President. Mr. Hopper will continue to serve the Company on a part-time basis in an advisory role and will remain a member of the Board. Mr. Swartz brings a wealth of experience to his new role having been deeply involved in all aspects of the Company over the past three years. Most recently, he served as VP of Sales for both the Company and Cortelco. Prior to joining Cortelco, he was VP, BD for King Technologies, a service and distribution center for major brands of business telecommunications systems.

Date range: May 13th - June 9th

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