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ARM CEO Warren East to retire in July

ARM CEO Warren East to retire in July

Warren East has been with ARM since 1991.

ARM Holdings CEO, Warren East, is to retire on 1st July 2013 after 19 years with the company.

East, who joined ARM in 1994, took over as CEO in 2001 and has gone on to lead the company through its recent impressive growth period that has seen the company's share price rise from around 100p to just shy of 1,000p.

“Warren has transformed ARM during his time as CEO. In 2001 ARM had one processor product line found mainly in mobile phones. Now ARM provides the broadest portfolio of technologies in the industry, used by more than 300 semiconductor," said ARM Chairman, John Buchanan.

“During Warren’s tenure the company has received royalties for over 40 billion ARM-based chips. As CEO he has created a strong platform for growth and consistently created value for shareholders even in a challenging external environment. On behalf of the Board, and the wider ARM team, deep thanks are due to Warren for his passion, service and leadership.”
he continued.

Taking over from East will be Simon Segars, who is currently the company’s president. Segars has been with the company even longer than East, having started in 1991, just before Apple used the ARM6 design in its Newton PDA. Also, like East, Segars trained as an engineer and has since moved into the sales and business development side of the business.

Both men are largely seen as having been instrumental in turning ARM from a small Acorn Computers spinoff into a company that last year saw the sale of 9 billion chips based on its designs.

Talking of his new appointment, Segars said: "I am honored to have been appointed to succeed Warren, who has achieved so much in his time leading the business. Above all, Warren's vision of the ARM business model and commitment to the ARM partnership has been inspirational and has created a tremendous platform for future growth.

"I am keen to lead the company into the next phase of growth, working even more closely with John [Buchanan, Chairman ARM], the board, our employees and our customers as well as continuing to develop the ARM partnership."


Chips based on ARM's low-power oriented processor architecture are currently the defacto choice for smartphones and tablets, with customers including Apple, Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung. Indeed its designs power all the current top smartphones - Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One, LG Optimus G and Sony Xperia Z. It's this expansion in the mobile market that is the primary reason for the company's recent huge growth.

However, long time rival, Intel, has recently made inroads into this space with it successfully integrating its own low-power chip solution into a couple of phones that have sold in reasonable numbers, namely the Orange San Diego and the Motorola Razr i.

What do you think, can Segars possibly hope to enjoy such company growth as East?

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LightningPete 19th March 2013, 16:23 Quote
9 Billion chips sold under his wing - no wonder he is retiring, on a high and probably a very nice share/pension pot to go with it.
Thanks to him we all enjoy some of the better phones on offer which is now in strong competition with larger firms [intel].
Mankz 19th March 2013, 16:27 Quote
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9 Billion chips sold under his wing Last year -
rollo 19th March 2013, 18:00 Quote
Arm has a nice licence deal that goes around and thats alot of there cash.

But the companies are starting to develop faster than Arm has been able to keep up at the moment.

Both Samsung and Apple have switched to custom chips using there Arm licence, Qualcom have bit into there market as well. And now intel is making its play.

There next gen mobile GPU is now late and has lost critical early potential sales including the new SG4. ( even at a poor estimate it will sell 50million units)

All in all it will be a tough ask for him to provide the same level of growth as was seen before. If anything he will be lucky to hold on to current market share.

As there is alot of Companies fighting to get into the top 2 phones at the moment both of whom seem quiet content to do it there own way.

If a 3rd major player can come into the tablet / phone market and make those sales then they are in business i guess.

There major growth for me can be done on servers if they can get close to the performance per dollar that intel offers they could take alot of there business and thats a much better profit area than mobile will ever be.
Gareth Halfacree 19th March 2013, 18:24 Quote
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Both Samsung and Apple have switched to custom chips using there Arm licence, Qualcom have bit into there market as well. And now intel is making its play.
All Samsung, Apple (actually Samsung again) and Qualcomm processors are based on ARM cores; ARM receives a license payment for every single processor any of those companies sell. The more Exynos 5 Octa, A6, and Snapdragon chips its licensees sell, the more money ARM makes.

Sure, if the companies opted for a complete off-the-shelf ARM IP, those licensing fees would be higher - but ARM is happy for companies to make billions of 'custom' ARM chips and pay the lesser licensing fee, 'cos that still adds up to a whole mess of money.
r3loaded 19th March 2013, 19:53 Quote
Yes, Qualcomm and Apple are in the same position as AMD - they design their own CPU cores but still pay license fees to ARM for the instruction set architecture. Also, Samsung have an SoC called Exynos, but it currently uses ARM's Cortex CPU cores (A7+A15 in the Octa). At this stage, only Qualcomm with Krait and Apple with Swift have custom ARM cores, with Nvidia joining that elite club later on with Denver.

Also, I'll be starting work at ARM (summer internship) just before he retires...
fluxtatic 20th March 2013, 06:49 Quote
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Also, I'll be starting work at ARM (summer internship) just before he retires...

I hate you. Ahem, I mean, I envy you.

And Gareth is dead on, Rollo - ARM's making money on damn near every mobile device in existence. Intel being competitive is still a ways off and no sure thing.

Unless there's a minor miracle afoot, ARM will be making money hand over fist over hand over fist for a long time to come.
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