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Silicon Space Technology (SST) Appoints Bernd Lienhard as New CEO

March 23, 2015
By Business Wire News


Silicon Space Technology (SST) today announced that its Board of Directors appointed Bernd Lienhard as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, replacing David Patterson who has been interim CEO for the past three months. With more than 26 years of international experience, Bernd is a senior executive who has developed and executed effective business strategies in multiple markets including automotive and networking. He has a proven track record of global P&L management, operations, marketing, and sales-related success.

Immediately prior to joining SST, Bernd was the Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Client Business Unit at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. In this role, he initiated the restructuring of the client business with a focus on commercial customers and component channel as well as defined and executed a new long-term, market-driven product roadmap. Previous to this position, Bernd served as Vice President and General Manager of both the Networking Processor and Multimedia Application Divisions at Freescale Semiconductor. Bernd has also held leadership roles at Conexant Systems, Inc., Infineon Technologies, Siemens Semiconductor and Siemens Defense Electronics. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Munich University of Applied Science in Germany.

“We are excited to bring on a seasoned technology executive like Bernd and look forward to his contributions of implementing a global strategy that will propel the company to its next stage of growth,” said Barry Waite, board chairman. “In addition, we would like to thank David for his role as interim chief executive officer where he helped accelerate the pace of HARDSIL®commercialization over the past few months.”

“I am excited to join SST as CEO,” Bernd Lienhardsaid. “There are significant opportunities for growth in several markets with our industry-leading products and technology licensing models. I look forward to making a positive contribution to the company and the entire team.”

About Silicon Space Technology

SST is a privately held, fabless semiconductor company based in Austin, TX that provides integrated temperature-hardened (125°C – 250°C) and radiation-hardened (>300 Krads, latchup immune) solutions for extreme applications in the oil & gas, space, automotive, aerospace and medical industries as well as broader applications like industrial automation and high-performance computing. Patented HARDSIL® technology delivers proven, industry-leading hardening in a number of products at the CMOS process-level while increasing overall product reliability and longevity. As a result of SST’s unique technologies, products and licensing solutions, system engineers are able to extend the limits of what’s possible in designing ruggedized and broader electronics for today’s – and tomorrow’s – extreme and difficult environments. Visit

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