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3 December 2007


In brief: RFMD; Bookham

RFMD appoints Sirenza's Ocampo and Skrzypczak to board

RF Micro Devices Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA has increased its board of directors to 11 members by appointing John Ocampo and Casimir Skrzypczak, former board members of RF component supplier Sirenza Microdevices Inc of Broomfield, CO, USA (acquired for $900m last month).

“The composition of RFMD’s new board of directors reflects the evolution of RFMD following its recent acquisition of Sirenza, which we believe created the world’s largest, most diversified and best positioned RF company,” says president and CEO Bob Bruggeworth. “These individuals’ extensive industry experience and broad range of expertise should be of great value as we continue to grow RFMD.”

With over three decades of RF experience, Ocampo had been a director of Sirenza since co-founding the firm in 1985 as well as chairman since December 1998. From May 1999 to September 2002, he was chief technology officer and, from 1984 to May 1999, president and chief executive officer. Previously, from 1980 to 1982 he was engineering manager at telecoms engineering firm Avantek (now Hewlett-Packard/Avantek), then general manager at RF component maker Magnum Microwave Corp of San Jose, CA, USA until 1984.

Skrzypczak has been a director of Sirenza since January 2000, and is also a director of optoelectronic chip and module maker JDS Uniphase. From 1985 to March 1997, he also served as president of NYNEX Science & Technology Inc (a subsidiary of telecoms firm NYNEX Corp). In over 30 years of operating management, networking systems and telecoms experience, Skrzypczak was group president at telecoms firm Telcordia Technologies from March 1997 to October 1999, then senior VP at networking equipment maker Cisco Systems until July 2001.

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Bookham appoints Silicon Valley veteran as executive VP and general counsel

Optical component, module and subsystem maker Bookham Inc of San Jose, CA, USA has appointed Kate Rundle as executive VP and general counsel, reporting to president and CEO Alain Couder.

Rundle has nearly 25 years of legal experience in Silicon Valley, with expertise in intellectual property, marketing, technology licensing and corporate law. She succeeds Tom Kelley, who resigned in order to remain with his family in Ottawa.

“Kate’s in-depth knowledge of the technology industry and extensive legal experience with global companies in areas important to our business will allow her to play a pivotal role in Bookham’s continued growth,” says Couder.

Rundle joins from MIPS Technologies Inc of Mountain View, CA, USA, where she was general counsel, responsible for all legal department functions, practices and policies. Previously, she was an attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati for 11 years (where she provided IP licensing and protection and other services to technology firms), then served as intellectual property counsel at The 3DO Company, before spending more than eight years at Sun Microsystems Inc (in various roles including supporting worldwide marketing and most recently as deputy general counsel and managing senior director of the Global Law Network for Shared Services).

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