Analog Devices CEO Jerry Fishman dies of apparent heart attack

Analog Devices Inc., the Norwood chipmaker, said Friday that chief executive Jerald G. Fishman died suddenly from an apparent heart attack yesterday evening.

Jerald G. Fishman. Photo courtesy of Analog Devices website.

Fishman was 67 years old.

In accordance with the company’s bylaws, Analog Devices president Vincent Roche has been appointed chief executive on an interim basis by the company’s board of directors, the company said in a press release. Analog Devices often refers to itself as ADI.

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“This is a terrible loss for me personally and for all of us here at ADI,” Ray Stata, chairman of the board, said in a statement. “Jerry dedicated his entire career to building ADI into a great company --- one of which we all are enormously proud. Jerry’s commitment to ADI occupied a central part of his life and his passion for success was infectious. Jerry not only developed enormous respect both inside and outside the company as one of our industry’s greatest leaders, but also for those like me who knew him well, he engendered a sense of affection and loyalty through his candor, openness, and integrity and through his unique sense of humor.”

Fishman was born in 1945 and grew up in Flushing, NY. He graduated from the City College of New York and went on to earn an MSEE degree from Northeastern University, an MBA from Boston University, and Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk Law School.