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Dave Raun President and CEO, PLX

Replacing Ralph Schmitt who left for OCZ

PLX Technology, Inc. announced that the PLX board of directors has named David K. Raun, 50, as its president and CEO.

The appointment is effective immediately and includes a position on the company’s board of directors.

dave_raun_plx Raun had previously been identified by the board in its succession planning, was serving as interim president and CEO, and has held multiple senior executive leadership positions at PLX since 2004.

Prior to his appointment as president and CEO, he had served as our interim president and CEO since October 2012 and, prior to that appointment, as senior EVP and GM of product lines since March 2012. Formerly, he was VP marketing and business development since May 2007, having served as VP marketing since November 2004. Before joining PLX, from January 2002 to November 2004, he was VP marketing at Pericom Semiconductor. From April 2001 to September 2001, he was EVP and GM at Actovate, a technology-based marketing company. From September 1989 to November 2000, he worked at Waferscale Integration, Inc., where his last position was VP of PSD & memory products. From 1985 to 1989, he held various sales, sales management, and marketing positions at AMD.

Raun received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

"We are excited to appoint David Raun as CEO and director of PLX," said James Guzy, chairman of the board at PLX. "Dave has demonstrated outstanding leadership for many years at PLX and especially during his time as interim CEO. Despite the uncertainty caused by the protracted IDT merger process which just terminated, employees are excited about the company direction, attrition remains low, product execution is on track and the company continues to successfully advance its PCI Express initiative with its customers. Under Dave’s leadership, PLX divested unprofitable businesses, a step that reduced annual operating expenses by about $20M, greatly improved the cash balance, and laid the foundation for consistent profitability. Dave has deep knowledge of our customers, our employees, our sales and distribution channels, and our competitive environment. PLX is in the first stages of deploying its unique ExpressFabric strategy, and Dave has the leadership skills, market insight and company knowledge to successfully drive this initiative."

"I am honored the board has selected me to this role and I am committed to making PLX a profitable stand-alone company providing increased shareholder value," said Raun. "I am very excited about PLX’s prospects as an independent company and eager to lead this terrific group of people in retaining and growing our PCI Express leadership position. Our broad portfolio of Gen 3 switches drove record design activity this past year throughout the data center. We have a solid foundation for long term growth, profitability and positive cash flow."

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