John East - CEO Silicon Valley Expert

John East

John East retired from Actel Corporation in November 2010 in conjunction with the transaction in which Actel was purchased by Microsemi Corporation.  He had served as the CEO of Actel for 22 years at the time of his retirement.  Previously, he was a senior vice president of AMD, where he was responsible for the Logic Products Group.  Prior to that, Mr. East held various engineering, marketing, and management positions at Raytheon Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor.  In the past he has served on the boards of directors of Adaptec,  Pericom and Zehntel (public companies), and MCC,  Atrenta and Single Chip Systems (private companies).  He currently serves on the boards of directors of SPARK Microsystems – a Canadian start-up involved in high speed, low power radios -- and Tortuga Logic --  a Silicon Valley start-up involved in hardware security.   He is presently an advisor to Silicon Catalyst -- a Silicon Valley based incubator actively engaged in fostering semiconductor based start-ups. 

Today he spends time teaching the art of public speaking, pitching to investors and delivering addresses on the history of Silicon Valley:  “Silicon Valley As I Saw It”.  His personal history is recorded both in the Computer History Museum  (Oral Histories of Key Pioneers and Contributors to the Information Age.)  and the Stanford Library.  (Silicon Genesis:  Oral History Interviews of Silicon Valley Scientists.). He is presently writing a series of short stories on the history of Silicon Valley for SemiWiki – the most well known semiconductor E-Magazine.

Mr. East holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of California, Berkeley.  He has lived in Saratoga, California with his wife Pam for 47 years.  

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