Moto Names Semiconductor Head

Motorola names Scott Anderson to head its Semiconductor Products Sector, replace Fred Shlapak, who will retire later this year

June 17, 2003

3 Min Read

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) has named Scott Anderson, a 25-year chip industry veteran, to head the company’s Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS), effective July 1. He will replace Fred Shlapak, SPS’ president since September 2000, who will retire later this year after a 33-year career with the company.

“Scott’s combination of industry acumen, business savvy, leadership skills, global view, Asian experience, technical ability and track record of returning businesses to profitability throughout his career made him the clear choice,” said Christopher B. Galvin, Motorola’s chairman and chief executive officer.

Anderson now heads Motorola’s Transportation and Standard Products Group (TSPG), the world’s leading chip supplier to the automotive industry and a major provider of standard semiconductors to multiple markets. This business represented nearly half of SPS’ sales of $5 billion in 2002. Anderson’s successor will be Paul Grimme, currently corporate vice president and general manager of TSPG’s 8/16-bit Product Division. Grimme’s replacement will be announced at a later date.

“This is a superb opportunity to build upon the transformation of the Semiconductor Products Sector that Fred has achieved over the last three years,” Anderson said. “SPS’ cost structure is highly competitive, and we are in the right markets with strong strategies and outstanding products. With this transformation now complete, we can demonstrate to our shareholders that this can be a consistently profitable business.”

Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, where he graduated magna cum laude. He joined Motorola’s semiconductor business in 1978 as a microprocessor product engineer, then progressed through various product engineering and operations management positions with Motorola’s microcontroller business in Austin, TX. In 1991, he was appointed vice president and general manager of the Customer Specified Integrated Circuits Division.

Anderson moved to Japan in 1996 to be the managing director of the Semiconductor Products Division and deputy general manager of Nippon Motorola Ltd. He was named general manager of the Transportation Systems Group in 1999, and his role was expanded to include SPS’ standard products portfolio in 2001.

Grimme has led the revitalization of SPS’ standard microcontroller portfolio, including the highly successful introduction of high-performance, low-power, low-cost 8-bit families of products. He joined the company in 1981 as a product engineer and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of product engineering, marketing and operations management.

Fred Shlapak holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a master of science degree, both from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He joined Motorola in 1970 as an applications engineer in the company’s Canadian semiconductor operations and was promoted in 1976 to head that unit. He moved to Munich, Germany in 1982 to lead the Microsystems and Digital Division and later was named general manager of the European Semiconductor Group.

Shlapak moved to the United States in 1997 to head SPS’ wireless business and was promoted to assistant to the president in 1998. He became an executive vice president of Motorola and president of the Semiconductor Products Sector in September 2000.

“I am transitioning to retirement confident that SPS is in strong, capable hands,” Shlapak said. “While the past three years have been challenging, the business now is positioned for abundant success in the future under Scott’s leadership.”

Motorola Inc.

Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry.
Join 62,000+ members. Yes it's completely free.

You May Also Like