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Bertrand F. Cambou joins SST to innovate and lead

08 June 2009 | By Rebecca Butcher | Going Places

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Dr. Bertrand F. Cambou Silicon Storage Technology (SST) announced the appointment of former Spansion CEO Bertrand F. Cambou as its president. His office goes into effect on 8 June 2009 where he will be reporting to Bing Yeh, executive chairman and CEO.  SST is a leader in flash memory technology and in this company, Cambou will be in charge of the core NOR flash memory business, including its technology development, manufacturing operations, and marketing in addition to other departments.

Cambou has 29 years of semiconductor industry experience between his position as president and chief executive officer of Spansion Inc., from its inception until January 2009, and his career as senior vice president of AMD's memory group. Cambou has served as chief operating officer at Gemplus International S.A from 1999 to 2001 in addition to various senior level positions at Motorola, Inc. within the Computing and Networking Systems Group and Semiconductor Product Group. Cambou received his doctorate in physics and electrical engineering from Paris XI University, an engineering degree from SUPELEC in Paris, and a master's degree in physics from Toulouse University.

"We are very pleased to welcome Bertrand to the company in the middle of the worst downturn of the semiconductor industry," said Bing Yeh. "Bertrand's appointment strengthens our management team and allows us additional bandwidth in reviving our core NOR flash business while aggressively developing new business for diversification."

"[SST] has established itself as a leading embedded flash licensor, a technological leader in low-density NOR flash, and as a true innovator in complementary NAND controller-based solid-state storage products,” Cambou remarked, “I am very pleased to be a part of such a strong and dedicated team and look forward to contributing my own experience to assist and prepare the company for its continued growth and development."

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Reader comments

Really. He has proved that he cannot lead or innovate. Under his leadership, a much stronger company, Spansion, was pretty much ruined. None of the things he started at Spansion turned into successful projects. His idea about gaining market share without profits reminds me failed dot.bombs. He wasted $billion in a state of the art fab (still unfinished) in declining NOR market. Who does that? These markets are cash cows, you milk the cow. You don't invest in a declining market. His crazy, engineering driven ideas are all failures. On top of it, he hires yes man, empty suits, and people who sticks with him (bunch of losers). These are the things you get when you hire Bertrand. Shame on SST and its management for bringing a person such as him on board. What bunch of losers.
By John Pounds on 03 July 2009

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