This story has been updated from a previous version to include Witney's salary details and the reactions of analysts and investors.

By Justin Petrone

Frank Witney will replace Kevin King as CEO and president of Affymetrix, the firm announced last week. Witney's appointment is effective July 1, and he will become a member of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm's board of directors at that time.

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