Micron Technology, Inc. named former SanDisk CEO and co-inventor of NAND flash Sanjay Mehrotra as its president and chief executive officer, effective May 8. He succeeds Mark Durcan, who had sought retirement for some time.
The change in leadership comes at a time when memory vendors are on a short-term tear amid rising chip prices. Long term, they face challenges from emerging classes of memory chips and China’s hunger to buy its way into the market for DRAM and flash.
Mehrotra was one of three co-inventors of NAND flash, along with Eli Harari, the founding CEO of SanDisk. When Harari retired in 2011, Mehrotra succeeded him as SanDisk CEO until Western Digital acquired the company in a $19 billion merger announced in late 2015.
SanDisk revenues rose significantly during Mehrotra’s tenure as the company built out a portfolio of chip and card-level products.
We wish him good luck in Micron.