SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Preparing for its acquisition of Diamond Multimedia, S3 Inc. here announced that it has brought on three top executives to lead the company through its transition from a graphics chip supplier to a branded supplier of PC and consumer computing solutions.
"Having a strong and focused executive team with the right mix of experience will be crucial in our efforts to quickly and painlessly assimilate Diamond Multimedia's worldwide engineering, sales, marketing and personnel into S3's business model," said Ken Potashner, president and CEO of S3.
The new S3 managers include Claude Barathon, senior vice president of worldwide sales; Duane Dickhut, vice president of desktop multimedia products; and Joe Shepela, senior vice president of human resources and administration.
Barathon has served as vice president for Europe and vice president of worldwide sales at Quantum Corp., overseeing $6 billion worth of business at the Milpitas, Calif., disk-drive maker. He was also vice president of European operations for drive maker Seagate Technology Inc. in Scotts Valley, Calif. Most recently, Barathon served as president of Europe for Maxwell Technologies Inc., a San Diego-based maker of advanced electronics systems.
As head of multimedia, Dickhut will be responsible for both silicon and systems technologies. Most recently, Dickhut worked at Digital Equipment Corp. where he was vice president and general manager of the PC server business, which grew from startup to $1 billion in sales in five years.
He also served as vice president of product management and development in DEC's Personal Computer Business Unit, where he started new notebook, desktop and server businesses that doubled the PC Division's growth within one year.
Shepela comes to S3 after having held executive positions with Quantum, Symantec, and most recently, Adaptec. He will handle the organizational transformation and integration issues of S3's acquisition of Diamond Multimedia, a supplier of PC multimedia and Internet connectivity solutions (see June 22 story).