ANADIGICS Inc. announced the resignation of President and Chief Executive Officer Mario Rivas and Senior Vice President Greg White. The company also announced that its first quarter 2011 revenue guidance remains on track with previous revenue guidance of $42 to $44 M.
Ron Michels, who was the SVP, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, will assume the responsibilities of the CEO, Tom Shields, who currently serves as EVP and CFO, will assume the additional post of COO and John Van Saders, who was the VP Advanced Technology, will serve as SVP RF Products.
Lew Solomon, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, "Mario has been instrumental in ANADIGICS return to profitability during 2010 and we wish him well in his future endeavors. We are grateful to him for his efforts and success at helping ANADIGICS better realize the company's potential. The Board is confident moving forward under the leadership of Ron Michels, a proven ANADIGICS executive respected by his peers and our customers, and one of the key executives driving our successful turnaround. We remain focused and in a strong competitive position given the company's world-class organization, momentum with customers, targeted product families, and product roadmap."
Michels, 57, joined ANADIGICS in 1987 and was SVP/General Manager of Broadband Products during the period of 2005 – 2009. Prior to that, he served and has served in several management and executive positions during that time. Prior to joining ANADIGICS, he held various engineering and management positions in Lockheed Electronics, New Jersey Public Broadcasting, and K & M Broadcasting. Michels earned his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He holds several US Patents, has authored a number of publications in the area of RF communications and serves on the Lehigh University Electrical & Computer Engineering Advisory Board.
Shields, 51, joined ANADIGICS in 1999 and has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the company since January 2006. He had previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company from July 1999. Prior to joining the Company, Shields served as Vice President and Controller of Fisher Scientific Co. from 1997 to 1999. From 1994 to 1997, Shields served as Vice President and Controller for Harman Consumer Group. From 1986 to 1994, he served in various positions with Baker & Taylor Inc. Shields received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Shields has been a member of the national Board of Directors for TechAmerica (formerly American Electronics Association) since 2005.
Van Saders, 52, is a long term veteran of ANADIGICS. He had previously served as VP Advanced Development since 2007. From the period of 2001 to 2006, he served as the VP, Engineering and Manufacturing for ASIP, an optoelectronics startup which later merged with T-Networks. He originally joined ANADIGICS in 1990 as a design engineer, serving in several management and executive product development positions. He earned a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering (Communication Theory) from NJIT and holds a Bachelors degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Optical Physics. He has several patents in circuit design and optical processing, and has authored a number of technical publications.
About their new roles President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Michels stated, “ANADIGICS is a great company with innovative technology and talented people. I am looking forward to working more closely with the team. We will work hard to make sure we keep the confidence and trust of our customers during this transition and beyond.”