Analog Devices CEO Fishman dies at age 67

NORWOOD, Mass. (AP) -- Analog Devices Inc.'s CEO Jerald Fishman has died at age 67 following an apparent heart attack Thursday night, according to the company.

The Massachusetts-based chipmaker said Friday that company President Vincent Roche has been appointed chief executive on an interim basis.

"This is a terrible loss for me personally and for all of us here at ADI," Chairman Ray Stata, said in a statement. "Jerry dedicated his entire career to building ADI into a great company_one of which we all are enormously proud."

Fishman joined Analog Devices in 1971 and worked his way up through the company. In 1991 he was named president and chief operating officer. In 1996, he became president and CEO.

Fishman was born in 1945 and grew up in Flushing, NY. He graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University, and a law degree from Suffolk Law School.