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Conexant Names New COO

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXT) today announced that Sailesh Chittipeddi has been named president and chief operating officer. Chittipeddi joined Conexant in 2006 and served most recently as co-president, with responsibility for global engineering, operations, quality, IT, and associated infrastructure activities. In his new role, Chittipeddi will have worldwide responsibility for engineering, operations, quality, and marketing. He continues to report to Scott Mercer, Conexant’s chairman and chief executive officer.

“Sailesh is a seasoned senior executive with an outstanding record of accomplishment at Conexant and throughout the course of his career,” Mercer said. “His experience, dedication, and drive will prove invaluable as we work to respond to the challenges we currently face and strengthen our position as a leading provider of semiconductor solutions for imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications.”

Since being hired initially at Conexant as senior vice president of Global Operations, Chittipeddi has assumed roles with greater responsibility.

“The opportunity to serve as Conexant’s president and chief operating officer represents the pinnacle of my career to date,” Chittipeddi said. “We possess the talent, intellectual property, and technology required to continue to be a leading player in the markets we’ve chosen to address, and our engineering and marketing teams are committed to delivering innovative new solutions intended to maximize the success of our customers worldwide.”

Chittipeddi joined Conexant in June 2006 as senior vice president of Global Operations. In April 2008, he was promoted to executive vice president of Global Operations and chief technical officer, with responsibility for Global Operations, Quality, Worldwide Manufacturing Engineering, Design Platform Engineering, and Purchasing. He was named co-president of Conexant in July 2009, with responsibility for global engineering, operations, quality, IT, and associated infrastructure activities.

Prior to joining Conexant, Chittipeddi spent 17 years in several senior R&D and operations-related positions with Agere Systems, Lucent Technologies, AT&T Microelectronics, and AT&T Bell Labs. He also served as Lucent’s SEMATECH representative, and was a member of the Technical Staff with AT&T Bell Labs. Chittipeddi holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree and a doctorate in physics from Ohio State University, and a master’s degree in physics from Northern Illinois University. He also holds 61 U.S. patents related to semiconductor process, package, and design, and has authored nearly 40 publications.

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