WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Memory chip maker Micron Technology Inc. (MU) Saturday appointed Mark Durcan as chief executive officer of the company, and also as a member of its Board of Directors. The company also named Director Robert Switz as chairman of the Board and Mark Adams as president. The appointments come a day after Micron's longtime Chairman and CEO Steven Appleton died in an airplane accident in Boise. Appleton was 51 years at the time of his untimely demise. Durcan has served as president and chief operating officer of Micron since 2007 and earlier served as the company' chief technology officer. He joined Micron in 1984. Switz has served as a director since 2006 and is the former chairman and CEO of ADC Telecommunications. He has previously served as chair of the Micron Board's Audit and Governance committees. Adams joined Micron in 2006 and served most recently as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. 'We are fortunate to be able to appoint someone with Mark's operations and technical leadership experience to serve as the company's CEO,' said Switz. 'Mark has been instrumental in Micron's success in his role as President and COO and has garnered the respect of the company, his team members and the industry at large.' In fact, Micron on January 26 had announced the retirement of Durcan at the completion of the company's current fiscal year ending August 2012. At that time, Micron said Mark Adams would succeed Durcan as president and COO upon the latter's retirement. Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology Inc. is a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions. The company makes a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies and semiconductor systems.
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