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Milpitas, Calif.-based LSI Logic Corp. has named Dr. Claudine Simson executive vice president and chief technology officer.

Simson is responsible for charting the future technology and architectural advancements of the company, as well as leading strategic technology collaborations with key customers, business partners and leading universities. She reports to Abhi Talwalkar, LSI president and CEO.

"I am delighted to have Claudine join the new LSI as we develop a rich pipeline of technologies to power products that will seamlessly bring people, information and digital content together," Talwalkar said. "Her extensive industry experience and impressive track record of success will be invaluable to us as we extend our platform franchises in our chosen markets."

Simson most recently served as chief technology officer at Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector and its spinoff, Freescale Semiconductor. Prior to joining Motorola, Simson held senior executive positions at Nortel Networks over a 23-year career, including general manager of Nortel's semiconductor business and vice president in charge of technology research.

Simson earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and her doctorate in semiconductor physics from INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) in Toulouse, France. She has been awarded three honorary doctorates and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Women in Technology International in 1999.