Micron Names New CEO After Death of Former Chief

Micron Technology named D. Mark Durcan its chief executive officer of the company Saturday, following the death of former chairman and CEO in a plane crash a day earlier.


Durcan will also serve on the company's board of directors.

Micron said Friday 51-year old Steve Appleton, Micron's former chief executive and chairman, was killed in a small plane accident in Boise, Idaho, where the U.S. memory chip maker is headquartered.

Micron also appointed Robert E. Switz as chairman of the board and Mark W. Adams as its president. Switz has served on the board since 2006 and is the former chairman and CEO of ADC Telecommunications. Adams, the company's vice president of worldwide sales, joined Micron in 2006.

Durcan, 51, was previously the company's president and chief operating officer, and chief technology officer. He's been with the company since 1984.

“We are fortunate to be able to appoint someone with Mark's operations and technical leadership experience to serve as the company's CEO,” Switz said in a statement. “Mark has been instrumental in Micron's success in his role as president and COO, and has garnered the respect of the company, his team members and the industry at large.”