Synaptics appoints Michael Hurlston president and chief executive officer

Synaptics has appointed veteran technology executive Michael Hurlston president and chief executive officer effective August 19, 2019, when he is expected to join Synaptics’ Board of Directors.

Hurlston was most recently CEO and a member of the Board of Directors at Finisar Corporation. Prior to Finisar, he served as senior vp and gm of the Mobile Connectivity Products/Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division at Broadcom Limited, as well as other senior leadership positions in sales, marketing and general management. Hurlston has also held senior marketing and engineering positions at Oren Semiconductor, Inc., Avasem, Integrated Circuit Systems, Micro Power Systems, Exar and IC Works.

“After a comprehensive search, we selected Michael because of his strong track record of growing large businesses to achieve consistent profitable growth and market penetration,” says Nelson Chan, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Synaptics. “He also brings extensive strategy and technology experience in our investment focus areas. We believe that Michael will be a great cultural fit for the company and look forward to his leadership in driving the transformation and next wave of growth for Synaptics.”

The company began an executive search process after Richard Bergman resigned as CEO in May.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead Synaptics at this pivotal milestone in the company’s history,” says Hurlston. “I’m really looking forward to leveraging my experience in leading the company’s transformation strategy and drive shareholder value.”

Synaptics will report financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 on Thursday.

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