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Liam Griffin

Liam Griffin

Liam Griffin, who served as president of Skyworks Solutions Inc. from the company’s Irvine office, has been named chief executive of the Woburn, Mass.-based chipmaker.

The 49-year-old executive, who joined the company in 2001 as head of sales and marketing, replaces David Aldrich, who assumes the newly established role of executive chairman.

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Griffin will take the board seat vacated by Aldrich.

Skyworks posted sales of more than $3.2 billion last year. It was Orange County’s third largest chipmaker through October with 307 local employees.

The company in December lost a bidding war to Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi Corp., which acquired PMC-Sierra Inc. in Sunnyvale for $2.5 billion.

Skyworks shares traded recently at a market value of about $11.7 billion.