10 April 2012

RFMD co-founder Jerry Neal retires

RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA says that Jerry D. Neal, co-founder & executive VP of marketing, is retiring from the firm, effective 31 May.

As a co-founder of RFMD, Neal was responsible for securing its initial venture capital investment, as well as multiple licensing deals, branding, and mergers and acquisitions. He was also primarily responsible for many of its corporate relationships, including TRW (now Northrop Grumman), Nokia, IBM, TowerJazz, and others.

“RFMD is both a pioneer and a global leader in communications technologies, and it is an honor to have played a major role in starting and building the company,” reflects Neal on his 21 year career at RFMD. “With my retirement from RFMD, I look forward to pursuing other passions in my life including entrepreneurial, advisory, and charitable endeavours,” he adds.

“RFMD has benefited tremendously from Jerry Neal’s contributions and expertise,” comments president & CEO Bob Bruggeworth. “I personally have enjoyed working with Jerry and have valued his counsel and the strategic relationships he has built in the industry,” he adds.

Neal is active in business, education, and charitable organizations and has served on the boards of directors of several semiconductor firms. He currently serves on the ALSAC Leadership Council at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the board of Victory Junction Gang Camp and the board of Richard Petty Motorsports. He has also served on the board of visitors at the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University and regularly speaks to civic organizations and universities on business and inspirational topics. Neal recently developed Linbrook Heritage Estate, an agri-tourism business with numerous attractions and he serves on the Randolph County (North Carolina) Tourism Development Authority board of directors.

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