Analog Devices Inc., the Norwood chipmaker, said Friday that chief executive Jerald G. Fishman, 67, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday evening.
The board of directors appointed Analog Devices president Vincent Roche as interim chief executive, the company said in a news release.
“This is a terrible loss for me personally and for all of us here at ADI,” Ray Stata, chairman of the board, said in a statement. “Jerry dedicated his entire career to building ADI into a great company — one of which we all are enormously proud. Jerry’s commitment to ADI occupied a central part of his life and his passion for success was infectious.
“ Jerry not only developed enormous respect both inside and outside the company as one of our industry’s greatest leaders, but also for those like me who knew him well, he engendered a sense of affection and loyalty through his candor, openness, and integrity and through his unique sense of humor.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the incorrect day of Jerald G. Fishman’s death. He died on Thursday.