ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq :MSCC ), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced James J. Peterson has been named chairman of the board in addition to his role as CEO. Dennis Leibel, who has served Microsemi as its chairman of the board since July 2004, will assume the role of lead independent director.
"The board is delighted Jim will continue to drive the company with his unique blend of experience and leadership," said Leibel. "His ability to bring together the many parts of Microsemi's business against a clear and proven strategy, while instilling a culture of innovation, collaboration and discipline, will continue to serve the long-term interests of shareholders."
Microsemi also announced Paul Pickle has been promoted to president and chief operating officer (COO) to facilitate the company's continuing growth plan. Ralph Brandi, who has served as COO since 2002, will continue with Microsemi as executive vice president with a focus on optimizing the company's manufacturing resources.
Since joining Microsemi in 1998, Pickle has held positions of increasing responsibility, including corporate vice president of Field Applications Engineering, sales and marketing, and product development. In his most recent position as executive vice president of Microsemi's Integrated Circuits Group, he played an integral role in the planning and execution of Microsemi's transformation to a high value-add integrated circuit supplier.
In his new position as president and COO, Pickle will be responsible for overseeing all company operations, marketing and sales, as well as its research and development efforts. He will continue reporting to Peterson, who will maintain his leadership role in defining the strategic direction of Microsemi.
The executive and board positions are all effective immediately.
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq :MSCC ) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,000 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.
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