ADI's longtime leader left a legacy of stable, conservative management at the chip firm he made a multibillion-dollar powerhouse.
He was an intimidating presence. Jerry Fishman, CEO of Analog Devices Inc., was not an easy interview. But Electronic Business Magazine had chosen him as its CEO of the Year in 2004, and as national editor it was my job to profile him and his company.
I was surprised that Fishman agreed to do the interview. Fishman and ADI had maintained a very low profile for years. ADI was a typical engineers’ company, happier sticking to its knitting (designing and selling chips) than touting its achievements. Frankly, I expected it to be a boring assignment.
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