Active-Semi Names Larry Blackledge, Former TI Analog VP & General Manager, As CEO

October 21, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Active-Semi announced that Larry Blackledge has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding CEO and Founder Steven Huynh, who will continue as Chief Technology Officer. Active-Semi is a supplier of advanced power management solutions. Founded in 2004, Active-Semi has shipped over 500 million analog semiconductors with what the company describes as groundbreaking power management technology and state of the art Green Power ac-dc converter intellectual property.

Before joining Active-Semi, Blackledge spent over 20 years with Texas Instruments in managerial positions, including a five-year tenure in Asia and as Vice President and General Manager of TI’s Custom Mixed Signal & Analog Semiconductor Business Unit.

"I believe we found the most outstanding analog semiconductor veteran to lead the company through our next growth stage," said Huynh. "I am happy to have Larry on board. His experience will benefit Active-Semi."

"I am excited to join the Active-Semi team," said Blackledge. "Steven and the Team have done a tremendous job growing the company, shipping hundreds of millions of analog power ICs. Active-Semi utilizes a unique process which enables analog power ICs to go from concept to sample delivery in as short as eight weeks. This empowers customers to move quickly with new designs by providing cost-effective customer-defined solutions and gives them a tremendous advantage. We are becoming a significant presence in the power management market."

"The Board and I are delighted that Larry Blackledge will be leading the Active Team," said Winston Fu, board member and General Partner of U.S. Venture Partners, a venture investor in Active-Semi. "Larry brings general management experience and a record of success in building analog IC businesses; with growth in excess of $200 million in revenue. He is a terrific match for the Active-Semi product portfolio and team. Active-Semi possesses a strong technology and revenue foundation from which we can grow. The entire Board and team at Active are grateful for Steven Huynh`s leadership in attracting an outstanding team to Active-Semi, with the latest example being the recruitment of Mr. Blackledge. With Larry’s leadership, Steven’s technical brilliance, and the team’s talent for delivering great products, Active will have a significant impact on the power management market."