Peregrine Semiconductor has shaken up its top management team as it seeks to advance its semiconductor capability. Jim Cable is stepping aside as Chief Executive Officer and the company has tapped Stefan Wolff (pictured) from Intel to take over the role. Cable will be moving into the role of Peregrine Chairman and Chief Technology Officer and will serve as the Global R&D Director for Peregrine’s parent company, Murata.
Industry veteran Wolff was most recently vice president and general manager of Intel’s mobile communications business in Munich. There he led a global team in developing and producing cellular modem and mobile connectivity products, securing high-profile development contracts and scoring major wins with leading vendors.
Prior to Intel, Wolff managed the smartphones and RF business unit at Infineon and led an RF development centre for Siemens Mobile in the US. He started his career in automotive electronics as RF design engineer at Bosch.
“I have admired the Murata and Peregrine teams for years. There is such synergy in the two groups. Together, I see innovations not possible from any other company,” says Wolff. “I cannot wait to see the technological difference we will make in the industry.”
To support Wolff, Dylan Kelly becomes Peregrine Semiconductor’s new Chief Operating Officer. Kelly has held the position of VP and general manager of Peregrine’s mobile wireless solutions business unit since 2010.
He joined Peregrine in 2000 and has held various technical and management positions in product development, marketing, and sales. Prior to joining Peregrine, Kelly was with Motorola engaged in transceiver design.
“We see semiconductors as important part of our technology portfolio,” says Norio Nakajima, executive vice president, Communication & Sensor Business Unit/Energy Business Unit, Murata Manufacturing. “While we have always had semiconductors as part of our solutions, we will be dedicating more resources and taking those products to new levels. To formalise this effort, we will be forming a new semiconductor division.”
“We are looking to the Peregrine team to help us develop leading-edge RF semiconductors and unique new products. The team of Jim, Stefan and Dylan is ideal for achieving this vision. I have known, respected and worked with Stefan for 20 years and welcome him to the Peregrine team. Dylan has successfully grown and managed Peregrine’s mobile efforts for many years, and Jim is a visionary technologist whom we need to champion additional innovations in semiconductors by Peregrine in support of the Murata vision,” continues Nakajima.