Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS) announced that Michael Hackworth, chairman
of the Board of Directors and company co-founder, and his wife, Joan,
will receive the "Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award"
today at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's annual Public Policy
Luncheon at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Hackworth co-founded Cirrus Logic in the Silicon Valley area in 1984 and
served as chief executive officer until 1989, when he assumed the role
as Board chairman. At Cirrus Logic, Hackworth was widely credited for
helping to pioneer the “fabless” semiconductor industry. The Spirit of
Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to a
business leader and is based on impeccable ethics, business excellence
and community engagement.
“Mike and Joan Hackworth are the ‘dynamic duo’ of Silicon Valley,” said
Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino. "Their generosity,
wisdom and assistance come in the form of their talent, time and
treasure – and our region is that much stronger because of it."
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s annual Public Policy Luncheon is
expecting a sold-out capacity audience of nearly 1,300. U.S. Commerce
Secretary Gary Locke is the featured speaker at the event, and
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also will receive a Lifetime
“As co-founder of Cirrus Logic, Mike has been a key driver of the
company’s many successes, especially in developing the now-common
fabless model for semiconductor manufacturing,” said Jason Rhode,
president and CEO of Cirrus Logic. “As the Chairman of our Board, Mike
has played a key role in driving Cirrus Logic’s mixed-signal focus and
our recent growth. We are proud to have him on our team, and we
congratulate both he and Joan on receiving this very prestigious award.”
Among his many achievements, Hackworth was named Semiconductor
Entrepreneur of the year in 1990 by Ernst & Young, and in 2001 he
received the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award presented by
the Fabless Semiconductor Association. Hackworth has been personally
active in a number of Silicon Valley-area community activities,
primarily focused on arts and learning, such as the University of Santa
Clara and its Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, The Tech Museum of
Innovation in San Jose and the Montalvo Arts Center. In recognition for
his philanthropic efforts, Santa Clara University awarded him an
honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service. Joan serves on Santa Clara
University’s Board of Fellows and is active in numerous community
organizations, including the American Heart Association.
About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of
Hewlett-Packard, represents 300 of Silicon Valley's most respected
employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic
health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy,
transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic
vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively
provide nearly one of every four private sector jobs in Silicon Valley.
For more information, visit www.svlg.net
or call (408) 501-7853.
About Cirrus Logic
Cirrus Logic develops high-precision, analog, digital and mixed-signal
integrated circuits for a broad range of innovative customers. Building
on its diverse analog, digital and signal-processing patent portfolio,
Cirrus Logic delivers highly optimized products for a variety of audio
and energy-related applications. The company operates from headquarters
in Austin, Texas, with offices in Tucson, Ariz., Europe, Japan and Asia.
More information about Cirrus Logic is available at www.cirrus.com.
Cirrus Logic and Cirrus are trademarks of Cirrus Logic Inc.
Cirrus Logic, Inc.
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