Garmin shuffles the deck as it promotes COO to CEO

Summary:Garmin promotes its COO to the top leadership role in the company, retaining the outgoing CEO for the board of directors.


It's beginning to feel like a game of musical chairs at the top of the tech world today.

Following up Akamai's announcement of its new CEO , Garmin is also revealing an executive transition plan on Monday.

The navigation solutions provider announced that it has named Clifton Pemble as Garmin's next CEO and president, effective January 1, 2013.

Pemble will succeed co-founder Dr. Min Kao, who will stay on with Garmin in the role of executive chairman, where he will be charged with "providing ongoing support to the company’s strategic planning and business development processes."

Pemble joined Garmin in 1989 as one of the company's first software engineers. He has served as president and chief operating officer since 2007 on top of being on the board of directors since 2004.

As COO, Pemble was responsible for directing day-to-day operations of all Garmin's subsidiaries in North America.

Image via Garmin

Topics: Tech Industry, Hardware


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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