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BOISE -- The board of directors for Micron Technology Inc. has named president and chief operating officer Mark Durcan as the company's chief executive officer.

Saturday, the board announced the appointment of Durcanas official CEO for Micron.

Friday, the company named Durcan as the interim CEOjust hours after CEO and Chairman Steve Appleton died in a plane crash at the Boise Airport. Appleton was flying an experimental plane Friday morning and crashed moments after takeoff.

Durcan is the second ranking executive at the memory chip maker. Last week, he announced his intention to step down in August.

He called Appleton a true friend who will be missed by everyone in the Micron community.

Durcan joined Micron in 1984, rose through the engineering ranks and was named COO in 2006 and president in 2007.

The board also announced the appointment of Director Robert Switz as chairman of the board and Mark W. Adams as president.

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