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Warren East

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Warren East at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2017
David Warren Arthur East

(1961-10-27) 27 October 1961 (age 59)
EducationMonmouth School
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BSc)
Cranfield University (MBA)[1]
OccupationChief executive officer
EmployerRolls-Royce Holdings
ARM Holdings
Texas Instruments

(David) Warren Arthur East CBE FRS FREng FIET FBCS[1] (born 27 October 1961) is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce Holdings, a leading UK-based engine manufacturer.[3][4] He previously held senior positions at ARM Holdings and Texas Instruments.[1][5][6]


East attended Monmouth School[7] and earned a bachelor's degree in engineering science from Wadham College, Oxford. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University.[1]


After 11 years with the chip maker Texas Instruments,[1] East left in 1994 to join ARM Holdings, the British fabless manufacturing microprocessor design and software company. At ARM he established the company's consulting business.[8]

East later became VP of business operations at ARM. Within three years he was appointed to the board as chief operating officer. East was appointed CEO of ARM Holdings in October 2001.[9] He moved on from ARM on 1 July 2013, and was succeeded by Simon Segars.[10]

In 2014 East became a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce Holdings and chair of the board's technology committee. In April 2015 Rolls-Royce announced that East would succeed John Rishton as CEO, when Rishton retired on 2 July.[11]

Honours and awards

East was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours, for services to the technology industry.[12] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007 and a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (DFBCS) in 2013. Also in 2013 he presented the Higginson Lecture in Durham University. In 2017 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1] He is a Companion (CCMI) of the Chartered Management Institute.[1]

Personal life

East is married and has three children, and lives in Cambridgeshire.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Anon (2012). "Mildner Lecture - Low Power Technology Vision, Presented by ARM Chief Executive Warren East". ee.ucl.ac.uk. UCL Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  3. ^ Anon (2012). "My Bottom Line: Warren East, ARM Holdings plc". bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "London Business School Profile: Warren East, Chief Executive Officer, ARM". london.edu. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013.
  5. ^ Warren East publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Anon (2017). "Warren East CBE: Chief Executive". rolls-royce.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Royal Society Fellowship for OM Warren East". Monmouth School for Boys. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  8. ^ Anon (2016). "Taking engineering to industry" profile Ingenia magazine". ingenia.org.uk.
  9. ^ "Warren East: Executive Profile & Biography". BusinessWeek. Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  10. ^ "ARM CEO Warren East steps down". PC Pro. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Rolls-Royce appoints new chief executive". bbc.co.uk. BBC News.
  12. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 8.
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