Conexant Names Co-Presidents for the Continuing Company

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 15, 2009 Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXT) today announced that Christian Scherp and Sailesh Chittipeddi have been named co-presidents for the company that will continue when the transaction to sell the Broadband Access business to Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is completed, which is expected to occur in the fourth fiscal quarter. The appointments are effective immediately.

Most recently, Scherp served as Conexant president and Chittipeddi was executive vice president of Global Operations and chief technical officer. In their new capacities, Scherp and Chittipeddi will continue to report to Scott Mercer, Conexant chairman and chief executive officer.

“Christian and Sailesh are industry veterans who have demonstrated that they possess the vision, drive, and skill sets required to consistently deliver outstanding results,” Mercer said. “With the pending sale of our Broadband Access business, we are poised to become a more focused, more profitable company where a nimble, streamlined organization optimized to make good decisions quickly will maximize our success. Christian and Sailesh will share responsibilities and concentrate on their main areas of expertise. Christian will have primary responsibility for worldwide sales, marketing, and program management, and Sailesh will manage our global engineering, operations, quality, IT, and associated infrastructure-support activities. I have complete confidence in their ability to lead the continuing Conexant team and am enthusiastic about our prospects.”

Scherp joined Conexant in 2005 as senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and was promoted to president in April 2008.

“I look forward to working closely with Scott and Sailesh,” Scherp said. “Our continuing company will occupy leading positions in the imaging, audio, video, and embedded-modem segments we address, and we expect to enhance those positions in the future. We also have an outstanding customer base characterized by long-term partnerships with many of the world’s leading technology companies, and our teams remain committed to delivering innovative solutions that provide customers with significant competitive advantages in the marketplace.”

Chittipeddi joined Conexant in 2006 as senior vice president of Global Operations and was promoted to executive vice president of Global Operations and chief technical officer in April 2008.

“Our continuing company will possess the talent, technology, and products required to achieve even greater levels of success in the areas we have chosen to address,” Chittipeddi said. “Our worldwide engineering teams will focus on providing cost-effective products optimized to meet customer requirements, while our global operations team will remain committed to continually improving operational efficiency and execution. I am also enthusiastic about working with Christian and the sales and marketing teams to ensure that we develop compelling product roadmaps.”

About Christian Scherp

Prior to joining Conexant in June 2005 as senior vice president of Worldwide Sales, Scherp, 44, spent eight years with Infineon Technologies North America. In his last position at Infineon, he served as vice president and general manager of the company’s North American Wireless/Wireline Communications Group. He was also vice president of marketing for the North American Wireline Communications Group, and vice president and general manager of the Communications Group’s wide area networking business. Before Infineon was spun-off from Siemens AG in 1997, Scherp spent six years in a variety of consulting and full-time positions in engineering, marketing, and business planning at Siemens. He holds a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

About Sailesh Chittipeddi

Chittipeddi, 46, joined Conexant in June 2006 as senior vice president of Global Operations. In April 2008, he was promoted to executive vice president of Global Operations and chief technical officer, with responsibility for Global Operations, Quality, Worldwide Manufacturing Engineering, Design Platform Engineering, and Purchasing. Prior to joining Conexant, Chittipeddi spent 17 years in several senior R&D and operations-related positions with Agere Systems, Lucent Technologies, AT&T Microelectronics, and AT&T Bell Labs. He also served as Lucent’s SEMATECH representative, and was a member of the Technical Staff with AT&T Bell Labs. Chittipeddi holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree and a doctorate in physics from Ohio State University, and a master’s degree in physics from Northern Illinois University. He also holds 59 U.S. patents related to semiconductor process, package, and design, and has authored nearly 40 publications.

About Conexant

Conexant’s comprehensive portfolio of innovative semiconductor solutions includes products for imaging, video, audio, and Internet connectivity applications. Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, please visit

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