Pragmatic Semiconductor has appointed industry veteran David Moore as chief executive officer. 

Moore will join Pragmatic with immediate effect and take over from co-founder Scott White, who will take on the role of executive director, strategic initiatives.

Moore, originally from Dublin, has spent the majority of his career based in the US in senior operating positions with globally leading semiconductor companies. 

Most recently he served as chief strategy officer at Nasdaq-listed Micron Technology Inc and also spent six years at tech giant Intel Corporation in a number of executive leadership roles, most latterly as general manager of the programmable solutions group.

“I am delighted to welcome Dave to Pragmatic at this exciting time for the company,” said chairman Erik Langaker. “I am confident that he will enable Pragmatic to scale its foundry capacity to become a global leader in the semiconductor industry and will be instrumental in helping us achieve our vision of electronics in everything.”

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Since founding Pragmatic in 2010, White and his team have taken the Cambridge company from a novel semiconductor concept to a proven high-yield manufacturing process, now embarking on global scale-up. It has a production facility making flexible integrated circuits in Sedgefield, County Durham, while a second fab is under construction at a new 15-acre Pragmatic Park site in Durham.  

Once this second fab is complete, Pragmatic will be the highest volume semiconductor manufacturer in the UK.

“Scott passes the CEO mantle to Dave at an exciting time for Pragmatic,” commented Langaker.

“The board and I would like to express our gratitude to Scott for the hard work and commitment he has shown in leading the business. Under his leadership the company has gone from its inception 12 years ago to where it is now. 

“It has a blue-chip partner and customer base, with a clear demand for Pragmatic’s flexible integrated circuits.”

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