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M/A-COM Realigns Management Structure
M/A-COM Technology Solutions realigns management structure to support further industry leadership
• Joseph G. Thomas Retires as CEO
• Chuck Bland Promoted as New CEO
• Robert Donahue Promoted to COO
• Suja Ramnath to Lead Business Units
Lowell, MA – February 09, 2011—M/A-COM Technology Solutions (M/A-COM Tech), a leading supplier of semiconductors, active and passive components and subassemblies for radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter wave applications, announced today a realignment of its management and reporting structure that positions the company for continued industry leadership.
M/A-COM Tech Chief Executive Officer Joseph G. Thomas announced that he is retiring after more than 35 years of distinguished service. Mr. Thomas, who had served as CEO of M/A-COM Tech since March 2009, has held a number of senior management positions throughout his career with M/A-COM Tech, Cobham Defense Electronic Systems, Tyco Electronics, and others. He led M/A-COM Tech through a number of key milestones, such as its divestiture from Cobham in 2009 and successful combination with Mimix Broadband in 2010.
M/A-COM Tech concurrently announced the appointment of Chuck Bland as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bland has served as M/A-COM Tech’s Chief Operating Officer since June 2010, with responsibility for the company’s worldwide business units and operations. Mr. Bland is an industry veteran, having previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Sirenza Microdevices, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMDI), a supplier of RF components for wireless and wireline communications applications, and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vari-L Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: VARL), a maker of microwave and radio frequency signal processing components. Previously, Mr. Bland held senior leadership positions at Growzone, Inc., Quark Software, and Owens Corning. Mr. Bland received his B.S., Accounting and Finance Degree from Ohio State University and his M.B.A. from the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John Ocampo, Chairman of M/A-COM Tech, commented on the transition of leadership: “We are grateful to Joe for his important contributions to M/A-COM Tech’s recent successes. We wish him the best in this next chapter of his life. As a company we have aggressive plans aimed at becoming a clear leader in our industry, and we are confident that Chuck’s leadership will prove instrumental to meeting and exceeding our goals.”
M/A-COM Tech announced that Robert S. Donahue has been appointed its new Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Mr. Bland. Mr. Donahue has served as M/A-COM Tech’s Chief Strategy Officer since August 2009. He now has responsibility for sales, marketing, corporate strategy, world-wide operations, and new business development. Previously, he held leadership positions at WIN Semiconductor, Hittite Microwave Corp. (Nasdaq:HITT), and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). Mr. Donahue holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He also holds an M.S. in Management of Technology from the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“As our global presence expands, it is important that we fill our leadership positions with individuals, like Bob, who have extensive industry experience and a history of delivering outstanding results,” said Chuck Bland, CEO. “I am very confident that Bob will significantly impact our performance in both the near and long term.” Bob Donahue commented: “It is an honor to help M/A-COM Tech assume a position of industry leadership, and to work with such an outstanding group of employees, customers, suppliers, and owners. M/A-COM Tech truly is the First Name in Microwave.”
M/A-COM Tech also announced today that it is increasing the scope of responsibility of Vice President and General Manager Suja Ramnath to include leadership of all the company’s market-facing businesses, including all Semiconductor and Automotive businesses. Ms. Ramnath has served in leadership roles of increasing responsibility at M/A-COM Tech, Cobham Defense Electronic Systems, and Tyco Electronics since 1998. Most recently, she managed the company’s RF Semiconductor Business. She previously served as a Key Account Manager with RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD). Ms. Ramnath holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
“We are most fortunate to have Suja on our team,” said Chuck Bland, CEO. “She is a seasoned M/A-COM Tech manager with broad product knowledge and solid market insights. Her vision and experience can only help accelerate the progress we have seen at M/A-COM Tech. Ms. Ramnath commented, “This is an exciting time at M/A-COM Tech. With our extensive heritage and the new products we have in the pipeline, we are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the potential opportunities in our target markets.”
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