Micrel Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) announced that Mark Downing, veteran analog- and communications-IC business executive, has joined the company as vice president of marketing. Before joining Micrel, Downing had been vice president of marketing for Pericom Semiconductor Corp.
Downing worked with National Semiconductor Corp. from 1988 to 1997. Before then, he was employed by Ferranti Electronics Ltd. He holds a BS in physics from Aston University of Birmingham, England, and an MBA from Open University of Milton Keynes, England.
Ray Zinn, Micrel's president and CEO, commented, "Mark already possesses an extensive knowledge of all our product lines, which will help him identify and evaluate new business opportunities. We expect Mark to play a key role in developing and executing Micrel's strategic growth plan."