Wolfson Microelectronics plc
() is a microelectronics
and fabless semiconductor
company headquartered in Edinburgh
, United Kingdom
. It specialises in signal processing chips
for the consumer electronics
market and has engineering and sales offices throughout Asia-Pacific
and the United States
Started in 1984 by David Milne and Jim Reid, Wolfson grew under their stewardship to float on the London Stock Exchange
in 2003 and be listed in the FTSE 250
. Both Milne and Reid had connections with the University of Edinburgh
; Reid attained a First Class Honours
degree in EEE
, and Milne directed the Wolfson Microelectronics Institute at King's Buildings
from 1973 to 1985. In February, 2007, when Milne chose to step down, he was replaced in his CEO
role by Dave Shrigley, previously Vice-President
at Intel Corporation
. His departure was one of a number of executive changes in late 2006, as Financial Director George Elliott also stood down.
In 2006, Milne was declared Entrepreneur of the Year by the CBI
, and Wolfson named Company of the Year. In November 2006 David Shrigley became the CEO of Wolfson, his first appointment at this level: he had previously worked for Intel
in the Asia
region, and held directorships elsewhere.
In September 2008, Mike Hickey joined Wolfson as Chief Executive Officer Designate and became Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2009. Mr Hickey joined Wolfson from......