SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aptina’s Board of Directors announced today the appointment of David Orton to Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Aptina as of August 5, 2009. David Orton succeeds Nicholas Brathwaite who has been the CEO since April 2008 and who will assume the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors for Aptina. Aptina is now independent and privately held following the sale by Micron Technology, Inc. of a majority interest to Riverwood Capital and TPG Capital on July 10, 2009. Micron has retained a 35% minority interest in Aptina.
Orton, 53, most recently served as CEO at venture-backed start up, DSM Solutions. Prior to that, Orton was Executive Vice President of Visual and Media Businesses for AMD following the company’s acquisition of ATI Technologies, a global fabless semiconductor company. Prior to this acquisition, Orton served as the president and chief executive officer of ATI from 2000 to 2006. Under Orton’s leadership, ATI went from a single product line to four major product lines, growing the company’s revenue from $1B in 2000 to $2.4B in 2005. Prior to joining ATI, Orton was President and Chief Executive Officer at the high-performance 3-D graphics company, ArtX, Inc., which was acquired by ATI in 2000. Prior to joining ArtX, Orton served in a number of senior management roles at SGI, including Senior Vice President & General Manager of Visual Systems Group and prior to that as Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Graphics Division. His experience also includes graphics and semiconductor work for General Electric and Bell Laboratories. Orton holds several patents in graphics and computer architecture. Orton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and economics at Wake Forest University, and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Duke University.