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Pragmatic Semiconductor appoints Industry Veteran Shane Geary as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Operations

Pragmatic Semiconductor is delighted to announce the appointment of semiconductor industry veteran, Shane Geary, as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Operations. Geary will take over from Ken Williamson to lead Pragmatic’s Operations and Manufacturing divisions with immediate effect. Geary comes to Pragmatic with over 25 years leadership experience in semiconductor technology, manufacturing and operations.

Previously, Geary held several positions at Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) where he was most recently Vice President of Manufacturing Operations and Technology. He has over 25 years leadership experience in semiconductor technology, manufacturing and operations. During his very successful career at ADI, Shane’s responsibilities included full accountability for manufacturing and operations for a number of ADI’s wafer fabs in both Ireland and the United States, in addition to process technology leadership for several key areas of the company’s technology portfolio. Geary received a master’s degree in Microelectronic Engineering from University College Cork, a master’s degree in Applied Statistics from Sheffield Hallam University and is soon to complete an MBA at the University of Warwick. 

Commenting on the appointment, David Moore, CEO, Pragmatic said: “We are thrilled to have a leader of Shane’s calibre join the Pragmatic Team. His expertise in process technology, manufacturing and operations and his demonstrated track record of execution will be key to ensuring our continued success in scaling the business across our new 300mm wafer production lines in Durham, UK, to meet customer demand.”

Shane Geary said: “I am delighted to be joining Pragmatic at such an exciting time for the business. I look forward to working with David and the rest of the executive team at Pragmatic to help the company realise the significant opportunity ahead for its flexible integrated circuits. Having spent all my career in the semiconductor industry I am genuinely excited by the disruptive potential of Pragmatic’s innovative technology.”

Ken Williamson, who currently leads Pragmatic’s manufacturing and operations function, will continue to play a key role in the company as Senior Strategic Program Lead – Manufacturing/Operations.

Commenting on Williamson’s new role, David Moore said “I would like to thank Ken for his committed leadership over the last 6 years and I look forward to his continued leadership and important contributions to the company in the years ahead.”

– ENDS –

Notes to editors

Pragmatic is the world leader in flexible integrated circuit technology. Founded in 2010, the company has grown from a novel semiconductor concept to a proven high-yield manufacturing process, now embarking on global scale-up. Pragmatic has its headquarters in Cambridge, UK, with a production facility making flexible integrated circuits in Sedgefield, Co. Durham, UK. A second fab is under construction at a new 15-acre Pragmatic Park site in Durham, UK. When complete, this second fab will be the highest volume semiconductor production on a single site in the UK.

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