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Fairchild COO Departs Over Leadership Differences

20 November 2014

Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced that Ullal Vijay, formerly president and chief operating officer, has left the company over a difference of opinion about leadership.

The company said in a statement that Fairchild's senior management will now report directly to Mark Thompson, chairman and CEO, who has also taken up the role of president as a result of Vijay's departure.

Vijay joined Fairchild as president and COO, in September 2012, having previously spent 22 years with Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) where he was latterly in charge of a consumer and automotive group. Prior to his time at Maxim Vijay spent two year as engineering manager at Saratoga Semiconductor and before that was an engineering manager at Intel Corp.

"I am pleased to announce these changes as Fairchild enters our next phase of innovation and product development. These organization changes provide a seamless transition to the next phase of transformation within Fairchild and ensure continuity of leadership while providing new opportunities to a number of our top executives," the statement quoted Thompson as saying.

Fairchild is currently going through a restructuring of its manufacturing capabilities that is due to be completed in 2015.

Fairchild said that Vijay had made valuable contributions to the compay during his stay but that a difference of perspective had emerged about "effective, sustainable leadership" and that this had ultimately led to Vijay's departure.

Related links and articles:

8K-form filing with SEC

IHS semiconductor value chain research

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