Michael LeGoff has resigned as chief executive of Plessey Semiconductors, the LED chip maker in Plymouth.

“After a short transition period, Michael will leave to pursue other opportunities and we thank him for the significant contribution he has made to the business and wish him all the best for the future,” said the company.

He is being replaced by the Chief Financial Officer Iain Silvester and Dr. Keith Strickland, Chief Technology Officer, as Co-Chief Executive Officers of the company.

The company has been building LED engines for the emerging Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Head Mounted Display (HMD) markets with its proprietary micro-LED display technologies and processes.

Iain Silvester was most recently CFO of Bath-based chip designer picoChip, which was bought by Mindspeed Technologies in 2012 and then by Intel. He was previously Finance Director of Motion Media in Bristol.

Plessey is working with US company Vuzix to use its microLED imaging engine into the next generation of Vuzix AR smart glasses.

LeGoff has been the CEO of Plessey Semiconductors since it restarted in 2009, and took over as Chair of the Board of Directors of nearby Plymouth Science Park last October.


Nick Flaherty