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Longtime ARM CEO set to retire

Posted: 21 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microprocessors? design? IP?

Microprocessor IP giant ARM has announced that CEO Warren East has announced his intention to retire effective this July 1st. Simon Segars, head of ARM's U.S. operation, has been appointed as East's successor.

The news was greeted by a 3 per cent drop in the ARM share price on the London Stock Exchange.

East joined ARM in 1994 and within three years was appointed to the board of directors as chief operating officer. Warren became ARM's CEO, replacing Sir Robin Saxby, in October 2001 and under his leadership ARM has become the foremost designer of semiconductor IP in the world, providing processor technology for nearly all mobile phones and many other consumer and industrial electronic devices in use today.

Simon Segars, 45, joined the board of directors in January 2005. He is currently President of ARM, and has operational responsibility for the company's IP divisions. Simon has been with ARM since 1991 and has held several executive roles including executive vice president of engineering, when he worked on many of the early ARM processors.

"We take a very long-term view about our business, and we believe that now is the right time to bring in new leadership, to execute on the next phase of growth and to plan even further into the future," said East, in a statement. "I have worked with Simon in the senior leadership team for many years and we share a global perspective and belief in the ARM approach to partnership and collaboration; he is an excellent choice to lead ARM."

In the same statement John Buchanan, chairman of ARM Holdings plc, said: "Warren has transformed ARM during his time as CEO. In 2001 ARM had one processor product line found mainly in mobile phones. Now ARM provides the broadest portfolio of technologies in the industry, used by more than 300 semiconductor customers in nearly 9 billion chips last year. During Warren's tenure the company has received royalties for over 40 billion ARM-based chips."

"Following an extensive review of candidates worldwide, Simon's proven technology expertise and management skills across a range of senior executive roles make him an excellent CEO candidate and highly qualified to take the company forward," Buchanan added.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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