ON Semiconductor Names John Nelson As Executive VP And COO

Nelson will succeed Bill George, who was EVP of Operations and will be retiring in 2008.

PHOENIX - ON Semiconductor Corp. announced Wednesday the naming of William John Nelson, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President and COO. Nelson will report directly to Keith Jackson, ON Semiconductor’s president and CEO.

"We are excited to have someone of John’s caliber and capabilities join our team. His successful track record of combining technology development and operations fits with the strategic direction we are moving the company towards," said Jackson.

Bill George, who previously was the EVP of Operations at ON Semiconductor, will help John through the transition period and will focus his attentions on our manufacturing services business until his planned retirement next year, Jackson said.

Prior to joining ON Semiconductor, Nelson was the CEO of 1st Silicon, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations including worldwide manufacturing, sales, marketing and product development. From 1990 to 2002, John served in several executive positions, including COO of General Semiconductor and president of General Semiconductor's Asia-Pacific operation. Prior to leading General Semiconductor Taiwan's divestiture from General Instruments, John was president of General Instruments, Taiwan, and he also served as vice-president and general manager of General Instrument's power semiconductor division.

ON Semiconductor is a supplier of power solutions to engineers, purchasing professionals, distributors and contract manufacturers in the computer, cell phone, portable devices, automotive and industrial markets