Technology >> CEO Interviews >> January 7, 2002

John East – Actel Corporation (actl)

JOHN C. EAST, Chief Executive Officer and President of Actel Corporation, joined the company in December 1988. Mr. East came to Actel with more than 20 years' experience in the semiconductor industry. He had been a Senior Vice President at AMD where he was responsible for the Logic Products Group. He also held various marketing, engineering and management positions at Raytheon Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Adaptec Corporation (Nasdaq: ADPT) and Single Chip Corporation, a privately held company. Mr. East holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Profile
TWST: Would you start with an overview of the history and evolution of


Mr. East: We were founded in 1985 by people out of the semiconductor

industry. The original concept was to make a