Title:USA/FILE: MicronTechnology chief executive Steve Appleton dies in a plane crash in Boise, Idaho
Date:4th February 2012
Summary:SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - NOVEMBER 2, 2005) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND CHAIRMAN OF MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC. STEVE APPLETON SPEAKING AT THE REUTERS SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY SUMMIT
Story Text: Micron Technology Inc CEO and Chairman Steve Appleton died in a plane crash in Idaho on Friday (February 3), the company said. He was 51.
Appleton, an avid pilot who flew in airshows and was also an offroad car racer, was appointed CEO in 1994 and added the post of chairman in 2007.
Last year, the Semiconductor Industry Association gave Appleton the Robert Noyce award and at a dinner showed dramatic video of him participating in adventure sports. The award, named after Intel cofounder Robert Noyce, goes to people who have made big contributions to the chip industry.
Trading in Micron, the largest U.S. memory chip maker, which is based in Boise, Idaho, was halted in the morning pending the company's announcement.
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