San Jose, Calif, April 12, 2005 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced that Hitoshi Yoshizawa, 57, has been promoted to president of the company's Japan subsidiary, Xilinx, K.K. (Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo) from his current position as director of sales for consumer and industrial market segments. Mr. Yoshizawa succeeds Motihiro Kitajima, 61, who will continue as chairman of the board for Xilinx, K.K. The appointment will become official when the annual Xilinx, K.K. board meeting and general meeting of stockholders takes place on May 27, 2005.
In his new role, Mr. Yoshizawa will build upon a foundation established over the past several years by a seasoned management team led by Mr. Kitajima as chairman and president of Xilinx, K.K. Mr. Yoshizawa's charter is to strengthen the long-term service and support structure for Japanese customers at Xilinx, K.K. as a key strategy for expanding adoption of the company's flagship programmable logic and system-level solutions. The October 2004 announcement of a foundry agreement between Xilinx and Toshiba is symbolic of the investment Xilinx is making in the Japan market to ensure a steady supply of leading edge Xilinx products for delivery to customers worldwide, and specifically in Japan.
"The Japan team has played an essential role in the diversification of Xilinx' business over the past several years, particularly in digital consumer electronics where product differentiation and personalization are paramount," said Wim Roelandts, Xilinx chairman, president and CEO. "Under Yoshizawa-san's leadership we expect to take things to the next level, driving mainstream adoption of low-cost FPGAs into higher volume applications in Japan, particularly in digital consumer and automotive."
Japan represents a growing proportion of Xilinx worldwide sales, with 14 percent of total sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2005 (October-December 2004) and a corporate objective to increase this to 20 percent.
"I'm honored to assume a greater role in paving the future for Xilinx in the Japan market at such a pivotal time for the electronics industry," added Mr. Yoshizawa. "Our customers are facing ever growing demand for shorter development and product lead times, small-lot production of a wider range of different product items, higher functionality, and lower prices. The price, performance and flexibility benefits of FPGAs and CPLDs are ideally suited to meet these demands. Our intention is to complement our silcon, software and IP solutions with services that are increasingly fine-tuned to meet customer needs and to contribute to the expansion of their businesses in Japan."
Mr. Yoshizawa brings more than 30 years experience in the electronics industry to his new position at the helm of Xilinx, K.K. Prior to joining Xilinx, Mr. Yoshizawa served in a variety of executive positions with NEC Corp. from 1972 to 2003 in Japan and the U.S. His most recent post was as general manager of the ASIC business units for NEC Electronics, Inc. Previously, his experience at NEC Corp. spanned positions in semiconductor EDA development, ASIC customer field support, and business development within the ASIC and Communication ASSP. Since April 2002, he ran ASIC business units as General Manager. He is a graduate of Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) with a Doctor of Engineering degree.
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