Former Linear president retires
Dan Stottlemyre, vice chairman of the Linear Group, and former vice-president of engineering and President of Linear LLC, retired after 24 years with the company late last month.
Stottlemyre’s career includes time as software programming manager at Scientific Data Systems and Xerox, as well as a background in defense contracting. In 1988, he joined Linear as vice-president of engineering, a position in which he took a supervisory role, overseeing a multi-disciplinary team of hardware engineers, RF engineers, mechanical designers, and software and firmware programmers, and but also a very hands-on role in the day-to-day workings of his department.
In 2005, when Stottlemyre was promoted to president of Linear LLC, he says he intentionally backed off that hands-on approach, though. “I made a conscious decision then to keep my hands out of engineering,” he says. “The worst thing you can have is a president running back into engineering and dabbling around back there. But this is a dynamic industry, and my years in product engineering prepared me to strategically lead a stellar team to develop new technologies and products for our customers.”
In his time as president, Stottlemyre says his goal has been to continue the vision of the company’s founders and to maintain an innovative, high-technology company that was, first and foremost, customer-oriented.
“I can go through a large list of products that I contributed to-truly innovative products-but in the end, my legacy is the people in whose hands I’m leaving this company,” he says. “We have a really close-knit organization, almost a family. They all work well together, and I’m quite proud of them.”