IR Names Peter Knepper Acting Chief Financial Officer

April 20, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

International Rectifier Corp. (IR) announced that Peter B. Knepper will serve as Acting Chief Financial Officer, assuming the responsibility for all finance and accounting functions.

Knepper has been assisting IR since January 2008 and will focus on managing the functions as the company transitions to a new Chief Financial Officer. He will report to Oleg Khaykin, IR’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Linda J. Pahl, who has been serving as the company’s Acting Chief Financial Officer, will remain with the company as a consultant to focus on the completion of the reconstruction and restatement of financial statements described in the company’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Knepper brings more than 25 years of financial services and strategic planning experience to IR. In his current capacity as a Partner with Tatum LLC and as the founder of Keystone Advisors, he has advised and held senior financial management positions with several major corporations including interim CFO at MDI, Inc., a publicly traded company serving the security products industry. He has also served as the Executive Vice President and CFO for Key3Media Group, Inc. Prior to Key3Media, Knepper served for ten years as Senior Vice President and CFO of Ticketmaster Group, Inc.

"We are confident in Peter’s ability to manage this role given his many years of experience and familiarity with the company and the responsibilities of the CFO after serving as a consultant to us since January," said Oleg Khaykin. "We are also pleased that Linda, who has done a tremendous job as our Acting CFO since last July, will continue with the company. These changes will allow us to bring focus and commitment to what are really two full-time jobs: completing the restatement process as quickly as possible, and building the optimal business model to create value for our shareholders."

Knepper currently serves as a member of the board of directors of MDI Inc. The Board of Directors has engaged Korn/Ferry International to conduct a search for a permanent chief financial officer. The search is being led by Dr. James Plummer, Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.