Int'l Rectifier (IRF) APpoints Gary Tanner as COO

December 10, 2012 5:06 PM EST
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International Rectifier Corporation (“IR”) (NYSE: IRF) today announced the appointment of Gary Tanner as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, effective January 2, 2013. Mr. Tanner, 60, will report directly to Oleg Khaykin, President and Chief Executive Officer, and will be responsible for the continued implementation of the Company’s operational transformation strategy. Mr. Tanner will succeed Mike Barrow, 58, who will now lead the Company’s efforts to commercialize its gallium nitride on silicon (GaN) technology.

Mr. Tanner brings over 35 years of semiconductor industry experience to IR and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer at Zarlink Semiconductor Inc., which was acquired by Microsemi Corporation in October, 2011. Prior to his role as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tanner served as Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for increasing Zarlink’s operational efficiency and streamlining operations. Mr. Tanner joined Zarlink in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations via the acquisition of Legerity where he served as the Head of Operations. Before Zarlink, Mr. Tanner worked for nine years at Intel Corporation, where he held various positions managing domestic and international manufacturing operations. Prior to Intel, Mr. Tanner held various management positions in fab operations at National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments and NCR. Mr. Tanner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management from Regis College.

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