Semiconductor firm Micron has appointed Mark Durcan as chief executive to replace Steven Appleton, who was killed in a plane crash on Friday.
Durcan previously served as Micron's president and chief operating officer. He has now also been added to the company's board of directors.
In a statement, the firm said that it remained shaken by the loss of its long-time leader, who it described as a "maverick" and "daredevil".
"Appleton was a popular executive and one of the most prominent figures in the semiconductor industry. [He] was widely characterised as something of a daredevil, a stunt flyer who had survived a previous crash and raced motorcycles, monster cars and off-road vehicles," the firm noted.
"He also cut a maverick figure in the industry, shepherding Micron through a turbulent battle against much larger Asian competitors in the boom-and-bust market for memory chips."
Durcan added that he will continue to work with the board to drive the company forward.
Robert Switz, who served as director since 2006, is set to replace Appleton as chairman of the board.
Appleton passed away when his personal plane crashed near a runway at the Boise Airport in Idaho.
An avid pilot, Appleton had previously been injured in a 2004 plane crash. Tributes have flooded in from numerous areas including his university and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), which thanked him for his contributions to the semiconductor industry.
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