Analog devices are dominating inthe world where dogital world have not invaded up. Althought the analog products are beneficial if 'bandwidth' a specification is required to classify. Hence depending on the parameters are the instruments for precision it is still preferable.
I agree with tech4people,Jerry passes in my book as an ideal business leader. The fact that things are going well is no reason to stay stagnant, progress and advancement is always the better option.
What impresses me the most is the company hardly getting a negative comment, even from competitors, that is a well run company. I bet they don't have problem meeting social responsibilities and treating staffs and customers well.
I was not very familiar with the internal workings of Analog Devices(other than they made Great products with very good customer service);Thanks for this great article!
My feeling after reading this article is that Jerry should stick around as long as he can.He should appoint competetent No.2s on each of his various Divisions who are loyal to him and will help to take a significant portion of the Load of his shoulders.That way he can stick around at AD for way longer than what is now routine for CEOs at Public Corporations(5 years Tops).
I personally ladmire his distaste for publicity.He believes in letting his companies results(which are no doubt very impressive) speak for themselves.
The CEO seems to have lots of patience and is clear with his vision. In my own experience in dealing with Analog devices, they are very good to deal with. I guess the after sales support is tremendous and that counts.
Hawk, Jerry Fishman has not and probably won't be announcing retirement plans for some time. In my interview with him (excerpts will be posted shortly) Fishman said he was having fun at Analog Devices. He mentioned that the 5-year contract he signed with Analog Devices was reassuring for everyone--board of directors, investors, customers and employees--when the company announced the reorganization they embarked upon three to four years ago. Until then, he had not signed a contract with the company regarding his tenure as CEO. Even so, the contract did not imply that he would leave the job once the terms expired, Fishman said. I believe it was a psychologically important step on the part of everyone involved to allay concerns about the future executive direction of the company
As to who might succeed Fishman as CEO, this would be speculation on my part. I agree the company may have a successor picked, at least in an interim capacity. I don't mind speculating on Fishman's likely successor as CEO at Analog Devices, though. That's my job here and I will be giving you my opinion in the next few days with some analysis and background information on the likely candidates. The best I can say here--already indicated in my article--is that this will be somebody from the current management. I would be surprised if Analog Devices went outside its current top executive team for a new CEO.
The speculation about who could replace Mr. Fishman at Analog Devices is interesting. I tend to agree it could be a current Analog Devices executive. I am looking forward to reading the next piece on the subject because of two reasons. I want to know who the likely candidates might be and second, I want to know what Mr. Fishman thinks. In the article, Bolaji did not address whether or not Mr. Fishman wants to stand down as head of the company.
At 64, it seems to me Mr. Fishman could keep going for another 10 years. It's not unheard of. On the other hand, if he has been doing this for over 10 years already and wants to devote time to other things in life, he might be planning to move on. So, Bolaji, did Mr. Fishman say if he was planning to retire? It's not just Analog Devices' board that would be interested in his future plans but also investors, customers and suppliers. There is a plan in place already at Analog Devices; most companies don't leave succession to chance. Can we peek behind the veil?
I am curious if Analog Devices is really being rewarded with higher valuation by investors because of the changes it made in recent years or because of the huge shortages many companies reported in recent quarters for analog components. I know the press has in recent times reported delivery times for analog chips from TI stretched into months a couple of quarters ago and this boosted the fortunes of all analog semi suppliers. Could it be that investors see Analog Devices' sales staying aloft due to the reported shortages? The link between corporate strategic management actions and market valuation are difficult to accurately trace at times. Any thoughts Bolaji?
Interesting timing, Bolaji! One of the more recent tidbits I learned about ADI coincides with the topic of counterfeiting we discuss on this site. One of the ways suppliers discourage counterfeiting is they will not support or warranty a product that was not bought direct or through an authorized distributor. ADI is pretty emphatic about this practice, and their distributors like it: it cuts down on returns and helps keep ADI prices and margins stable.
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