Analog Devices has forayed its signal-processing excellence into new capabilities across markets ranging from cellular to medical, entertainment, and automotive. Since 1996, much of these efforts were spearheaded and inspired by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jerry Fishman. Fishman was known for inspiring ADI employees with humor, honesty, and an open, direct manner. On March 28, Fishman passed away after an apparent sudden heart attack. He was 67 years old.
Many of today’s veteran ADI employees were preceded by Fishman, who joined the firm in 1971 with a role in product marketing. He enjoyed a number of promotions through the years before being named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 1991. In 1996, Fishman was named President and CEO.
In accordance with the company’s bylaws, ADI President Vincent Roche has been appointed CEO on an interim basis by ADI’s Board of Directors. Relying on the existing leadership team, Roche is hoping to seamlessly manage this dynamic business. The thoughts and prayers of the staff of this magazine—and many in the industry—go out to the Fishman family, as well as to Mr. Fishman’s extended family at ADI.