Rick D. Hess will become president and chief executive of Hittite Microwave Corp., succeeding Stephen G. Daly April 1, the company’s board of directors said.

Chelmsford-based Hittite designs and manufactures high performance integrated circuits, modules, subsystems, and instrumentation for digital, RF, microwave, and millimeterwave applications.

Rick D. Hess. Company photo.

Previously, Hess, 59, was a vice president at American Superconductor Corp. and before that, president and chief executive of Konarka Technologies Inc. He has been a member of Hittite’s board since 2005.

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In a press release, Hittite’s board also announced that Franklin Weigold has been named non-executive chairman.

Outgoing chief executive Daly joined Hittite in 1996. In 2004, he was promoted to president and chief executive and took the company public in 2005.

In a statement, Daly said, “The decision to step down was initiated by me, as I am ready to set new goals for myself outside of Hittite.”