Jazz Semi Appoints Industry Veteran As VP of Sales and Marketing

August 20, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Jazz Semiconductor, the wholly owned subsidiary of Jazz Technologies, Inc., announced the appointment of Chuck Fox as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company’s sales force, marketing, account management, and customer solutions. Fox, a seasoned semiconductor executive, joins Jazz with over 25 years of sales and marketing experience. His diverse background includes senior executive positions with industry leaders Intel and Xilinx coupled with extensive fabless startup experience in the wireless, networking and multimedia markets with DSP, FPGA, ASIC and high speed analog mixed-signal technologies.

According to Gil Amelio, Chairman and CEO, "As Jazz enters the next phase of its growth, it is clear that we will need to rely on our marketing and sales team to play a growing role in both business development and customer interface on a global basis. The appointment of Chuck Fox, who brings such deep expertise in these areas, along with other organizational changes we are making, aids in the development and execution of our strategic business initiatives and facilitates our mission to be the recognized foundry leader in analog-intensive mixed-signal technology."

Fox began his career with Intel where his experience includes ten years in marketing leadership positions. He also spent nine years with Xilinx, where he served as both VP of worldwide marketing and as division general manager. Fox joined Xilinx in its pre-IPO stage and was instrumental in growing the organization from a small private company into an industry leader in the multi-billion dollar FPGA market. After leaving Xilinx, he led a variety of semiconductor start-up companies, most recently serving as President and CEO of KeyEye Communications. Fox received both his MBA and BSEE degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

"I am excited to undertake this endeavor at Jazz," said Fox. "We believe the analog IC market will continue to grow faster than the overall IC market. Jazz is a recognized leader with its AIMS CMOS foundry solutions and is well-positioned for growth. I look forward to leading new initiatives to speed our customers’ time to revenue and extend our technology leadership."