SAN FRANCISCO Zilog hopes to name a permanent CEO no later than February, its interim CEO, Robin Abrams, said Thursday (Aug. 31).
Abrams, a Zilog board member since 2004, came out of retirement this week to take over as interim CEO, replacing Jim Thorburn.
"I think there's going to be no problem in taking the company and executing on what Jim and team have already begun," Abrams said in an interview. "Jim leaves the company with a very good legacy."
Zilog is searching for a recruiting firm. The company could have a CEO as soon as December or the search could stretch into February, she said.
Asked why Thorburn didn't simply stay on until a permanent successor was found, Abrams said that would have sent the wrong message. "You make that kind of announcement, and all the sudden CEO becomes a lame duck," Abrams said. "Lame duck with the customer, lame duck with the supplier. It could be counterproductive. It's just that way in the Valley."
Abrams, who has worked in the tech sector for more than 30 years, said she has no interest in becoming permanent CEO and intends to retire once a successor is found.