San Diego Business Journal

Sumit Tomar took on the CEO’s role at Miramar-area semiconductor maker PSemi Corp. on July 1.

The appointment was not unexpected. PSemi announced in February that Tomar would take the top job.

The move will give the company’s chairman and interim CEO, Jim Cable, more time to help PSemi’s parent company, Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., expand. Cable will oversee semiconductor R&D and unspecified semiconductor growth initiatives.

Prior to joining PSemi, Tomar co-founded C-Ran Inc., where he designed and licensed a prototype technology that effectively delivered fifth-generation (or 5G) wireless telecom signals indoors. Tomar received a master of science in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee. He completed Stanford University’s executive management program.

5 Billion Chips Produced

“Throughout Sumit’s 20-plus year career, he has seamlessly brought numerous RF [radio frequency] products to market, making him well-equipped to drive PSemi’s growth trajectory,” Cable said in a statement distributed by the company. “We recently celebrated the shipment of our 5 billionth chip — a huge accomplishment for the entire PSemi team. I am highly confident Sumit will be able to maintain this momentum in his new leadership role.”

Cable has served as CEO since 2002. In March 2017, Stefan Wolff took over as CEO but he left the job at the end of September 2018 to return to Germany. At that time Cable stepped back into the CEO’s job on a temporary basis.

“Jim has been a trusted expert and adviser to both Murata and me personally for years,” said Norio Nakajima, senior executive vice president and board member for Murata Manufacturing. “We have now tasked him with turning that expertise over payload developed by cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy; the RadMon next generation radiation effects monitor; the FlexRX programmable satellite receiver; and cremated human remains from Celestis Inc.

“Establishing the proper orbit, communications receiver; and cremated human remains from Celestis Inc.

“Establishing the proper orbit, communications and control is the first critical post-launch step for our

hosted payload customers,” said Nick Bucci, vice president of missile defense and space systems at GA-EMS. “We can then provide the information they need when they need it.”

General Atomics EMS assembles its satellites in Englewood, Colorado, near Denver. The business has a NASA contract to launch another instrument, meant to measure air quality, on Orbital Test Bed 2 in 2022.

SpaceX is based in Hawthorne, near Los Angeles.

General Atomics EMS offers its clients, including the federal government, a variety of technologies. It builds the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear for the U.S. Navy’s latest aircraft carriers, the Gerald R. Ford class. It is also working on a railgun for military use.