Chris King, vice president at IBM Microelectronics semiconductor products, East Fishkill, N.Y., has left her position to head up AMI Semiconductor Inc., an ASIC and mixed-signal chipmaker based in Pocatello, ID.
While King did not head the Microelectronics division, she headed semiconductor products and reported to John Kelly, an IBM Corp. senior vice president and head of the company's technology group, which comprised IBM Microelectronics.
According to IBM Microelectronics spokesman William O'Leary, King's departure was purely based on the specific opportunity AMI offered her. "She always had a yearning to run her own company and the opportunity was there," O'Leary said.
A 25-year industry veteran, she launched IBM's OEM ASIC business in 1993. King takes her new post on September 10.
No replacement has yet been named.
King assumes the posts most recently held by Gene Patterson, who left AMI earlier this year.