Durcan named CEO at Micron after Appleton’s death

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The board of directors for Micron Technology Inc. has named Mark Durcan the company’s chief executive officer, a day after longtime CEO and Chairman Steve Appleton died in a plane crash.

The board on Friday appointed Durcan the interim CEO hours after Appleton’s experimental plane crashed moments after takeoff at the Boise Airport. He was the only person on board.

The board’s action Saturday removes the interim title, and also makes Durcan the director of Micron’s board of directors.

The 51-year-old Durcan had been the company’s president and chief operating officer, and just last week announced his intention to step down in August.

Company spokesman Dan Francisco told The Associated Press on Saturday those plans had changed and Durcan was no longer planning to leave in August.

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