Malaysian semi-conductor company 1st Silicon has announced the appointment of Dr John Nelson as chief executive officer. Nelson joined 1st Silicon as chief operating officer in May this year and has been acting CEO since September, succeeding Claudio G Loddo.

Prior to joining 1st Silicon, Nelson was chief operating officer at General Semiconductor for two years. He has spent much of the last decade in Taiwan, serving in a number of executive roles. He was president of General SemiconductorÆs Asia Pacific operation following their divestiture from General Instrument, where he had also held the position of president.