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5 February 2013

Bridgelux appoints Bradley J. Bullington as CEO; Bill Watkins to become chairman

LED chip and lighting array maker Bridgelux Inc of Livermore, CA, USA says that its board of directors has appointed Bradley J. Bullington - VP, Strategy and Corporate Development & general manager, Technology Solutions - as CEO. William Watkins has moved up to chairman of the board of directors, having served as CEO since January 2010.

Bullington joined Bridgelux from Seagate in 2010 (where he worked with Watkins) and has been responsible for overall business strategy and all corporate and market development activities, including strategic partnerships and joint venture development, technology licensing, capital formation and the legal function. He also ran Bridgelux’s Technology Solutions business.

“Brad has driven Bridgelux’s strategic direction and corporate development initiatives since joining the company when I came aboard,” says Watkins. “I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition, as well as going forward as Bridgelux enters its next phase of growth,” he adds.

“Bill has restructured and recapitalized the company, nurtured and developed our leadership position in GaN-on-silicon, and significantly strengthened Bridgelux’s position in the rapidly growing global lighting market,” comments Alan Salzman, CEO & managing partner of VantagePoint Capital Partners. “Bridgelux will continue to benefit from Bill’s tremendous knowledge, expertise, and guidance.”

Prior to joining Bridgelux, Bullington held executive strategy, corporate and business development roles at Seagate Technology from 2006 to 2009. He held similar positions at Maxtor Corp, where he was also a founding member of Maxtor’s Branded Products Group (BPG), an industry pioneer in the external storage solutions market. Prior to entering the data storage industry, he was a management consultant for A.T. Kearney, where he served a range of clients focused on issues of strategy and operations in the software and technology hardware, aerospace, retail and financial services industries. He began his professional services career at Deloitte & Touche.

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