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This profile was last updated on 11/17/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Raymond D. Zinn

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Employment History


  • M.S. , Business Administration
    San Jose State University
  • B.S. , Industrial Management
    Brigham Young University
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Take a few pages out of the lengthy playbook of Ray Zinn, who served as CEO of chip maker Micrel and is credited with being the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley.
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Tough Things First - Lessons on management, leadership and entrepreneurialism from Ray Zinn
Tough Things First ties together the real-world experiences of Ray Zinn, founder and CEO of Micrel Corporation for 37 years. A business legend and contrarian, Zinn - the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley - founded Micrel without venture capital, but with the relentless will and mindful discipline that defines all great entrepreneurs. This has resulted in a nearly unbroken string of profitable years for Micrel, a feat unheard of in the semiconductor trade.
Zinn credits his success to disciplined work habits, servant leadership, fulfilling the human needs of his employees, and the will to do the Tough Things First."
Excerpt from Tough Things First, Ray Zinn
Tough Things First is the management opus of Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO and most consistently profitable businessman in Silicon Valley.
In Tough Things First, Zinn maps corporations as an organism and explains the interaction of the mind, heart, eyes and the entire body. This metaphor drives Zinn's analysis of his nearly 40 years at the helm of Micrel, a Silicon Valley institution.
In the second half of the book, Zinn exposes the critical factors that entrepreneurs and seasoned executives alike need to know, including the intricacies of nurturing corporate culture, how to make every employee (and every human) feel important, the impact and limitations of policies and procedures, and how to manage growth.
Every executive needs to understand how to be as perpetually successful as Ray Zinn. Over nearly four decades, Zinn's company has been profitable every year except one (during the dot-com implosion). Zinn achieved this through an intimate understanding of people, their value, their needs and how to lead them.
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Zinn started Micrel without venture capital, which is unheard of in the semiconductor business. His lessons on why venture capital can be undesirable, how to lead during tough times, inspiring creativity, institutionalized frugality, and crafting a culture that reduces employee turn-over are critical for founders.
Ray Zinn is a disciplined man. In his youth, he was a superb athlete - a track star and gymnast. The discipline to excel at these sports remains with Zinn, who in his 70s still walks on his hands at his company's headquarters to the amusement of Micrel employees and visiting executives.
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Q&A with Ray Zinn, Co-Founder of Micrel, and Silicon Valley's Longest Serving CEO
This interview is with Ray Zinn, who has managed to beat the odds with determination and hard work, to become Silicon Valley's Longest serving CEO (thus far). Obviously, Ray has seen considerable change over his career, crystalized during the founding and growth of Micrel.
Not one to go quickly into retirement, Ray has been busy writing a new book, Tough Things First: Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley's Longest Serving CEO, available November 3, 2015.
Below is a summary of a Q&A session I had with Ray, highlighting some of the lessons learned during his 37 year tenure at the helm of Micrel, through the acquisition by Microchip Technology. During this time he has seen a lot of change and transformation within the manufacturing industry.
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