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22 October 2008


SemiSouth appoints VPs of sales and marketing

SemiSouth Laboratories Inc of Austin, TX, USA, which designs and manufactures silicon carbide (SiC) based discrete electronic power devices and epiwafers, has appointed Chris Thompson and Dan Schwob as VP of marketing and VP of sales, respectively. Both Thompson and Schwob bring decades of global experience in the solar, wind, and power electronics markets that will help SemiSouth capitalize on its new products, the firm reckons.

Schwob joins SemiSouth with over 30 years experience in sales and marketing of power electronics and semiconductor devices. Prior to joining SemiSouth, Schwob was VP of marketing for power management IC firm iWatt Corp of Los Gatos, CA and VP of sales at power semiconductor and module maker IXYS Corp of Milpitas, CA. “Dan is a veteran power semiconductor sales & marketing executive, having built sales organizations and market share at our target customers in solar, IT and telecom power markets while at IXYS,” says CEO Kenney Roberts. “His global experience and industry relationships with customers and sales channels will be a big asset,” he adds.

Thompson has over 15 years of experience in sales & marketing and product development in renewable energy, data centers, UPS (uninterruptible power supplies), and other high-growth markets. Prior to joining SemiSouth, Thompson was VP & general manager of Solar Inverters for power system maker Advanced Energy Industries Inc of Fort Collins, CO. Previously, he was VP of engineering & product development at power supply maker Xantrex Technology Inc of Burnaby, BC, Canada and director of Datacenter Power Solutions at American Power Conversion of West Kingston, RI, USA.

“Not only does he bring a wealth of global experience developing and launching products for the solar, wind, and datacenter industries but, as a past customer of SiC devices, he understands the high value they can offer in many of our target markets,” says chief technology officer & founder Jeff Casady.

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