Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP /DE/ (Form: DEFA14A, Received: 04/19/2017 16:48:33)



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The following is an e-mail from Hassane El-Khoury, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (the “Company”), to the Company’s employees.


April 19, 2017




First, I want to express my appreciation for the professionalism and dedication you have shown through the first quarter. And what a quarter it was!


We hit a number of pivotal milestones in our Cypress 3.0 evolution through our external brand launch at Embedded World and Analyst Day. The response from customers, partners and the financial community has been amazing. I will be giving everyone an overview at our upcoming Quarterly All-Hands meeting next week.


I promised to keep you abreast of significant developments regarding the litigation T.J. filed against Cypress earlier this year. This morning, we announced our filing of definitive proxy materials and sent a letter to our stockholders. The full release and letter are available here (


You may also have seen that we filed a response to a judge’s decision to allow T.J. access to certain books and records.  Our response can be accessed here (  While we fundamentally disagree with this decision, we decided that it was in the best interest of all of our stakeholders, including you, to not appeal the decision and remain focused on what is really important — working to preserve the great value and growth we have achieved over the past year with the execution of our Cypress 3.0 strategy.


As I’m sure you know, T.J. has been very vocal about his thoughts on our company through his numerous press releases. While we have been focused on executing against our strategy, he has been single-minded in his attack on our Board. In my February email, I said 2017 would be a defining year for Cypress. I’m more confident than ever in that statement. We have the right employee base, leadership team, partners, Board and strategy to win with innovative solutions that best solve the problems our customers care about.


If you have any additional questions, or receive inquiries from the media or other third parties, please direct them to Pam Tondreau via telephone or email. In the event you are contacted by T.J. or any of his representatives, you should also direct them to Pam.


I ask you to stay focused on our goals as a company which are achieved through your individual CSFs. Our continued success is dependent upon each of you working together to meet and exceed expectations.


Keep up the great work!







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