Semtech names Paul H. Pickle new president and CEO

June 1, 2023
Pickle, who also will join Semtech’s board of directors, will replace the retiring Mohan Maheswaran.

Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC) has announced that Paul H. Pickle will become the company’s new president and chief executive officer (CEO) this month. Pickle, who also will join Semtech’s board of directors, will replace the retiring Mohan Maheswaran.

Pickle is expected to assume his new duties between June 9 and June 30, 2023. Maheswaran will act as a consultant for up to 16 months to ease Pickle’s transition.

Semtech’s new chief executive will join the company from Lantronix Inc., where he is president and CEO and member of the board of directors. Pickle previously served as president and chief operating officer of Microsemi Corp. from November 2013 until Microsemi was acquired by Microchip Technology Inc. in May 2018.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we are thrilled to welcome Paul as Semtech’s new president and chief executive officer. Paul is a visionary leader with a proven track record of transforming and propelling businesses which makes him an exceptional fit to lead the next era of growth for Semtech,” commented Rockell N. Hankin, Semtech’s chairman of the board. “With Paul’s wealth of experience in our core markets and his commitment to innovation, Semtech will be primed to deliver products based on leading-edge technologies, creating value for our shareholders. We extend our sincere gratitude to Mohan who has been a powerful and transformational leader at Semtech. Under his leadership, Semtech grew significantly and entered many of the important markets in which the company participates today.”

“I am honored to lead Semtech as its next president and chief executive officer. Semtech has a formidable portfolio of highly innovative technologies and products that serve as a foundation for future growth,” added Pickle. “The semiconductor and IoT markets have become increasingly important to enabling digital transformation across industries, I firmly believe Semtech has immense potential for significant growth. I am thrilled to collaborate with the incredibly talented team to accelerate innovation and increase the value of the company and products for our customers and shareholders.”

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