Freescale Semiconductor lost 20 employees on Malaysian flight

20 'very important' Freescale Semiconductor employees were on the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.

Published Mon, Mar 10 2014 12:29 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:18 PM CST

Two days ago, Malaysian Airlines lost a flight that left Kuala Lumpur on its way to Beijing, with 239 people on-board. Freescale Semiconductor, an Austin, Texas-based company has come out and said that 20 "very important" people were lost on the still missing flight.

Freescale Semiconductor lost 20 employees on Malaysian flight |

Mitch Haws, Vice President of Global Communications and Investor Relations said in a statement: "These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people. It's definitely a loss for the company." The 20 Freescale employees were mostly engineers and other experts who were working on Freescale Semiconductor's chip facilities based in Tianjin, China and Kuala Lumpur more efficient.

Freescale hires over 16,800 people, with the missing employees on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 representing 1% of its global workforce, but the loss is being felt through Freescale nonetheless. The company has been organizing transportation and accommodation for the 20 staff members' families, as well as providing grief counselling. One of Freescale's competitors, Texas Instrucments, tweeted on Saturday: "We extend our condolences to the families and coworkers of the @Freescale employees aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370."

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