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Silex Microsystems Appoints Peter Himes as Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Alliances
Industry Veteran Joins Silex to Help Drive its Next Wave of Growth in the Rapidly Expanding MEMS Market
Järfälla, Sweden and BOSTON, Mass., October 4, 2011 — Silex Microsystems, the world’s largest pure-play MEMS foundry, today announced the appointment of Peter Himes as Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Alliances. Mr. Himes brings Silex more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and foundry markets and will report to CEO Gary Johnson, with responsibility for the company’s marketing, corporate communications, and strategic alliances. Tomas Bauer, previously head of Sales and Marketing, will now focus his efforts as Vice President, Sales and Business Development, to reflect Silex accelerating sales momentum with its growing global customer base.
Mr. Himes joins Silex at a time of significant growth. Through technology advancements in miniaturization and micro manufacturing, MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) innovation is driving entirely new categories of products that are transforming industries and substantially improving quality of life. At the heart of this innovation lies Silex – the world’s largest independent foundry of MEMS* devices and a partner to some of the most innovative companies in MEMS product design. With over 300 projects and 10 years’ experience, Silex has amassed a highly skilled team, expert at ramping to high volume of some of the tiniest and most complex machines on the planet.
“Peter’s proven track record and expertise will further complement Silex’s world-renown team of MEMS experts, ” said Gary Johnson, CEO of Silex Microsystems. “Our next wave of growth will be dependent upon intensifying our role in the broader MEMS ecosystem and raising visibility of Silex and our capabilities to an even broader set of customers and industries. Together As a member of the Silex executive team, Peter will play a crucial role in further accelerating the Company’s growth.”
Mr. Himes extensive experience in sales and marketing, new business development and manufacturing for linear and mixed signal components and MEMS devices for major integrated device manufacturers, makes him uniquely qualified for this position. He began his career in engineering and over the fifteen years at National Semiconductor held a number of positions in marketing, corporate strategy development, sales, business development and general management. Following five years at Winbond Corporation in both sales and marketing roles, Mr. Himes was VP of Worldwide Sales for SiTime from 2008 through 2009 and President of QuickSil, a niche wafer foundry in Fremont California, until its sale at the end of 2010. He received a BSEE in solid state electronics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
“Silex has a strong management and engineering team, deep manufacturing know-how and an ambitious growth strategy,” said Mr. Himes, vice president of marketing and strategic alliances for Silex Microsystems. “I look forward to being a part of the Silex team and contributing to its growing market momentum.
About Silex Microsystems
Silex Microsystems is the world’s largest pure-play MEMS foundry. We service the advanced MEMS and heterogeneous packaging needs of the world’s leading companies. With production operations totaling 25,000 square feet with dedicated lines for both 6″ and 8″ wafers, Silex has successfully completed over 300 MEMS programs with over 100 corporate customers, including 12 of the world’s top 30 MEMS companies. Silex’ Sil-Via® has provided advanced TSV solutions in production for over 5 years. Silex’ core technologies enable some of the world’s brightest innovations. For more information, please visit www.silexmicrosystems.com.
*According to Yole Development’s April 2011 MEMS report.
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