PragmatIC Semiconductor announces new appointment to its board of directors
PragmatIC Semiconductor, a world leader in flexible electronics, has recently announced that Birger Steen has joined its Board of Directors. Steen is board chair of multiple technology businesses including Internet of Things pioneer and global Bluetooth LE market leader Nordic Semiconductor ASA, business network innovator Pagero AB, and German care technology leader myneva Gmbh.
Birger Steen is also a thematic partner at Summa Equity’s Tech-enabled transformation team, where he invests and works with companies that deploy technology to solve global challenges. Previously he was CEO at Parallels, Inc. and held senior roles at Microsoft Corporation including VP of Worldwide SMB and Distribution, and general manager of Microsoft Russia and Microsoft Norway.
In a recent announcement, PragmatIC unveiled plans for its second FlexLogIC fabrication line, located in the North East of England, to expand capacity in order to meet the rapidly growing demand for its ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits. This expansion is supported by $80M funding, which will also allow the team to more than double in size over the next 12 months.
“We are delighted to welcome Birger to the board. He brings an in-depth understanding of the global semiconductor market, and his wide experience in leading advanced technology companies will be crucial during our next stage of growth,” said Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC Semiconductor. “Birger also joins a select group of individual investors in PragmatIC who, along with our institutional and corporate shareholders, allow us to continue building the business as a major independent semiconductor foundry, extending electronics into markets previously not possible with traditional silicon chips.”
Erik Langaker, independent chair of the board, added: “Having known Birger and followed his career closely for more than 30 years, I am confident that his involvement and investment in PragmatIC will help guide the team through this significant period of development. His extensive operational and international background will enable him to work closely with the management to refine their strategic roadmap and build a strong presence in the semiconductor community.”
“PragmatIC has a truly disruptive vision for their innovative flexible chips,” said Birger Steen. “Their strategy for geographically distributed semiconductor fabrication offers customers the ability to take control of critical supply chains while also quickly responding to market trends and creating new, innovative solutions that solve some of the biggest global problems we are facing today. I am excited to be joining the board at such an important stage in the company’s growth.”
Caption: Richard Price, CTO, Erik Langaker, chair, and Scott White, CEO, with Birger Steen, who joins PragmatIC’s board of directors (photo: PragmatIC)