RF Micro Devices Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions, announced the appointment of James A. Clifford as vice president, foundry services, effective April 1, 2013.

Clifford is a recognized industry leader with wide-ranging experience in technology, procurement, supply chain, operations, quality, and program management. From 1994 until 2012, Clifford served at QUALCOMM Corp., most recently as senior vice president and general manager operations. Prior to QUALCOMM, Clifford spent 21 years at Unisys Corp., in multiple positions of increasing responsibility covering manufacturing, engineering and procurement.

In his newly created position at RFMD, Clifford will report to James D. Stilson, corporate vice president of operations, with responsibility for RFMD's relationships with external foundry partners. Clifford will be based in RFMD's headquarters, located in Greensboro, NC.

Bob Bruggeworth, president and CEO of RFMD, said, "We are very pleased to welcome Jim to RFMD as vice president, Foundry Services. Jim is extremely well respected throughout the technology industry, and we are delighted he is joining our team. Given Jim's broad knowledge of all areas of the semiconductor industry, we expect him to contribute immediately to our ability to deliver the industry's highest performance and most innovative technologies and RF solutions."

Clifford holds a BS in Physics from San Diego State University