Speakers

Faraj Aalaei Ron Jankov Andy Oberst Geoff Ribar
Gunjeet Baweja Alan Jepsen Angel Orrantia Dr. Paul Russo
Shankar Chandran Bruce Jewett George Pavlov Matt Sachse
Sajiv Dalal Tom Kao Len Perham Ralph Schmitt
Steve Domenik Keith Larson Stanley Pierson Dennis Segers
Amer Haider Mike Noonen

Faraj Aalaei

Faraj Aalaei President & Chief Executive Officer
Aquantia Corporation

Faraj Aalaei, a 32-year veteran of the communications industry, has raised funds in excess of $250 million for his semiconductor companies from private and public investors, executed several M&A deals and taken his previous start-up through IPO. Prior to joining Aquantia, Faraj was the guiding force behind Centillium�s successful track record as a leading innovator of high performance, cost effective semiconductor solutions for broadband access networks. Under his leadership, Centillium went from seed financing to NASDAQ IPO in 3 years, the fastest ever for a semiconductor company. An industry pioneer and holder of two patents, Aalaei has spent the last three decades at the forefront of technical advancements - from helping develop the world's first broadband modem for CATV networks to the introduction of Centillium's high capacity convergent technology for DSL, optical and VoIP applications.

Prior to co-founding Centillium in 1997, Aalaei held a variety of management and engineering positions at leading technology providers, where he applied his expertise to the development of DSLAM, Digital Loop Carrier and Fiber-to-the-Curb products at Fujitsu; the first SONET system and the first high speed two way systems for CATV networks at Bell Labs. He began his career at MA/COM designing very high speed satellite communications systems. Aalaei holds an BSEE from Wentworth Institute of Technology, MSEE from University of Massachusetts and an MBA from University of New Hampshire. Faraj is a member of the board of directors of TranSwitch Corporation and a Trustee of his alma mater Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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Gunjeet Baweja

Gunjeet Baweja Managing Director, Head of West Coast Mergers & Acquisitions
Needham & Company, LLC

Gunjeet Baweja joined Needham & Company in 2007 and currently heads West Coast M&A. Since joining Needham in 2007, Gunjeet has completed over forty transactions including complex M&A sell-side and buy-side advisory assignments for public and private companies. Gunjeet has transaction execution expertise and deep domain technology knowledge gained over 18 years of experience in investment banking and high-technology. Gunjeet started his investment banking career at SoundView in 2000, and then at Instream Partners, working on transactions in the technology space. For seven years prior to that, he worked at Intel Corporation, where he held positions in strategic marketing and microprocessor design. Gunjeet holds ten patents from his work in design at Intel. He received his BE in Electronics Engineering from M.S. University, India, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and graduated with Highest Distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, from University of California, Berkeley, with an MBA, concentration in finance.

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Shankar Chandran

Shankar Chandran Vice President, Samsung Catalyst Fund
Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC)

Shankar Chandran is vice president, Samsung Catalyst Fund, at the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC). He is responsible for venture capital investments in cloud infrastructure, core technology and mobile technology. Previously, he was part of the founding team at Panorama Capital and has been an active venture investor for 11 years at Panorama Capital and at JP Morgan Partners.

Shankar has held various engineering, business development and management roles at Applied Materials, Inc., and has been granted eight patents as the primary inventor. He also serves on the Advisory Board at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University.

Shankar holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, India, an MS in Materials Science from Arizona State University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sajiv Dalal

Sajiv Dalal Vice President, Business Development
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC)

As part of the TSMC North America’s senior executive team, Sajiv’s responsibilities include focusing and directing the company’s business development and sales strategy, and overseeing several major accounts throughout North America and India. He joined TSMC in 1999 as a Director, Business Development and has led a number of highly successful strategic initiatives related to revenue and market share growth. Sajiv has over 28 years of experience in the semiconductor business in various engineering, business development and sales roles.

Sajiv holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from India’s Nagpur University.

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Steve Domenik

Steve Domenik General Partner
Sevin Rosen Funds

Steve Domenik joined Sevin Rosen Funds in 1995, bringing considerable experience from both established and small companies in the semiconductor and software industries. His current investment interests span high technology. He serves on the board of NetLogic Microsystems (NASDAQ:NETL).

Steve finds great value in being flexible and versatile. "Rather than becoming tightly focused," he says, "I want to remain fascinated, willing to pursue huge new opportunities wherever they appear. Today, markets change so fast."

Steve is no stranger to the startup world. In the early 1980s, Steve was CEO of two high-technology companies in the RFID and software domains, both of which had successful M&A outcomes. He also was the vice president of marketing at Cyrix, an SRF portfolio company where he worked from the early days until after the IPO. Prior to Cyrix, Steve was the vice president marketing at Weitek, another venture-backed start up company that went public. Steve traces his passion for young technology companies to his early years at Intel where he worked in marketing and engineering positions and, finally, as the manager of microprocessor design centers in California and Japan. During his tenures at Cyrix and Weitek, Steve lived in Japan and Singapore where he established the Asian headquarters for each of those companies.

Steve distinguishes Sevin Rosen in its commitment to entrepreneurs and openness to new opportunities. "Venture capitalists must be quality partners and add real value to their portfolio companies. That's how I see my role, and that's what we as a firm provide to the entrepreneurs we back," he says.

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Amer Haider

Amer Haider Vice President, Corporate and Business Development
Cavium

Amer Haider has served as Cavium’s Vice President of Corporate and Business Development since January 2010. He is responsible for strategic initiatives, M&A activity, and central marketing functions. Since 2007, he has managed corporate development, and over the past eighteen months, he has completed four acquisitions that have added ARM-based processors, video processors, and embedded Linux and software services to Cavium's growing product portfolio. Since he joined Cavium in early 2001 as its first marketing person, Amer has held leadership roles in product management, product definition, and MarComm. Prior to Cavium, Mr. Haider held multiple product management and engineering roles at network security, communication, and automation control companies. Mr. Haider received a BS from NED University of Engineering in Karachi, Pakistan and MS and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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Ron Jankov

Ron Jankov Senior Vice President & General Manager, Processors & Wireless Infrastructure
Broadcom Corporation

Ron Jankov is the Senior Vice President & General Manager for Broadcom's Processors and Wireless Infrastructure (PWI) group. In his role, he is responsible for multicore processors, knowledge-based processors, and the digital front-end product portfolio designed for service provider, data center, enterprise and small-to-medium business networks. Mr. Jankov manages a team of more than 500 marketing, sales and engineering professionals. Broadcom's PWI group is responsible for developing multicore and multi-threaded product architecture coupled with highly integrated networking and application-aware accelerators.

Prior to joining Broadcom, Mr. Jankov served as President and CEO of NetLogic Microsystems since 2000. As CEO of NetLogic, Mr. Jankov led the firm from $1M in revenue in 2000 to >$350M in revenue in 2011 prior to the acquisition of NetLogic by Broadcom.

Prior to joining NetLogic Microsystems, he was senior vice president and general manager of NeoMagic Corp.'s Multimedia Division. While at NeoMagic, Mr. Jankov led an international team of 120 engineering, marketing, sales and design center professionals. Before NeoMagic, he was vice president and general manager of Cyrix Corp.'s Asian operations. Mr. Jankov also founded a semiconductor engineering and technical sales firm, Accell Corp., which was purchased by Cyrix in 1994.

His extensive semiconductor industry experience includes establishing operations in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China. Mr. Jankov also played a pivotal role in bringing Texas Instruments' first personal computer chipset and graphics chip products to market.

Mr. Jankov holds a bachelor of science degree in Physics from Arizona State University.

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Alan Jepsen

Alan Jepsen SVP - Managing Director, Technology & Life Sciences Division
Comerica Bank

Alan is a Managing Director in Comerica’s Technology and Life Sciences Division and has responsibility for the San Jose and San Francisco offices. Prior to joining Comerica in 1991 he was with the Technology Banking Group at Bank of America. Before his banking career Alan had process and product engineering positions respectively at Fairchild and National Semiconductor. Alan has a BSEE from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

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Bruce Jewett

Bruce  Jewett Senior Director, Solutions Marketing
Synopsys

Bruce Jewett serves as Senior Director of Solutions Marketing at Synopsys and he has over two decades of marketing, sales, and engineering experience in the RF/Microwave design and EDA industries.

Before joining Synopsys in 2007, Bruce served as vice president of marketing with Cadence Design Systems. He also spent many years at Hewlett Packard (HP), where he managed a section of the sales and application engineering efforts following HP's acquisition of EEsof, an RF/Microwave EDA simulation company. While with EEsof, which Bruce joined in 1989, he held numerous management roles.

Bruce started his career as an RF/Microwave development engineer in the wireless industry with Watkins Johnson followed by TRW.

Bruce holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Tom Kao

Tom Kao Vice President, Corporate Strategies
Integrated Device Technology

Tom Kao is responsible for corporate strategic planning, M&A and business development for IDT.

Tom has served in various leadership positions during his tenure at IDT. He previously served as general manager for the IDT Memory Clock Division, responsible for all facets of product line management including sales, marketing and operations for the company�s advanced memory buffer products.

Tom has more than 25 years of semiconductor industry experience and has overseen many semiconductor product life cycles through various positions at companies, such as ZettaCom, Silicon Motion, Cirrus Logic and Intel. Tom holds a BS degree of EECS from UC Berkeley, and an MS EECS from Santa Clara University.

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Keith Larson

Keith Larson Vice President, Managing Director
Intel Capital

Keith is a voting member of Intel Capital's investment committee. Keith joined Intel Capital in 1996. He and his team make investments in semiconductor equipment, materials, packaging, EDA tool, novel memory, & SSD-based platform companies for Intel's manufacturing group, as well as sensors, MEMS, robotics, & other new technologies for Intel Labs. He and his team have invested in many successful companies including ALIS, Anobit, ASMI, ASML Astria (aka Microprobe), Crossing Automation, Epichem, Gudeng, Lotes, Micronic Laser, Skymedi, Photronics, Powertech Technology, and Voltaix. Previously at Intel Capital, Keith managed Latin America and Korea and Taiwan from 2010 to 2012, and Europe and Israel during 2004. From 1996 to 2005, he managed investments in communications and storage companies. Some of the companies in which he and his team invested include Berkeley Networks, Globespan, Passive, Recourse Technologies, Inc., Research in Motion, Rocketchips, Telera, and XLNT Designs. Prior to joining Intel, Keith cofounded a $51 million venture capital fund (InterVen II, L.P.) where he was a general partner for over nine years. Keith serves as Chairman of the Oregon Investment Council which manages over $80B of funds for Oregon's Public Employees' Retirement System and other state entities. He is on the Board of Regents of the University of Portland. Keith is a former C.P.A. and Series 7 license holder and received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Mike Noonen

Mike Noonen Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing, Quality and Design
GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Michael Noonen is Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, for GLOBALFOUNDRIES. In this role, he is responsible for global customer relationships as well as all marketing, sales, customer engineering and quality functions.

Noonen joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES in January 2012 with over 25 years of high technology product management, sales and marketing experience. Most recently he served as executive vice president, sales and marketing, with NXP Semiconductors from 2008 to 2011. Along with NXP’s CTO, he crafted and implemented NXP’s High Performance Mixed-Signal Strategy that resulted in 11 consecutive quarters of growth, a $5 billion business and NXP’s successful IPO in 2010.

Previous to NXP, Noonen held several leadership positions with National Semiconductor, including vice president of the company’s Interface, Networking and Computing Businesses from 2001 to 2005 and senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing from 2005 to 2008, which were the most profitable years in the company’s history. Before joining National Semiconductor, he also worked for Cisco, 8x8, and NCR Microelectronics.

Noonen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and holds multiple patents in the areas of internet telephony and video communications.

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Andy Oberst

Andy Oberst Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
QUALCOMM Technologies

Andy Oberst leads strategy and corporate development for QCT, Qualcomm’s semiconductor business, with responsibilities that include market research, market forecasting, competitive analysis, new business opportunity evaluation and planning, M&A, and strategy formulation. The strategy team works cross-functionally with other teams and organizations, providing analysis and support for key decisions. Andy has worked in this capacity for most of his 16 years with Qualcomm.

Before joining Qualcomm, Andy served in a financial controller role at VLSI Technology Inc., and as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard. Andy holds a BSEE from the University of New Mexico, and an MBA from the University of Texas.

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Angel Orrantia

Angel Orrantia Business Development Director
SK Telecom Americas

Angel Orrantia is the Business Development Director at SKTA Innopartners LLC. A veteran of the semiconductor and hardware industry in diverse roles including IC design, technical lead for implanted medical device development, business development, corporate law, and IP litigation. Angel is now focused on reinvigorating the funding ecosystem for semiconductor and hardware to foster innovation in the Silicon Valley.

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George Pavlov

George Pavlov General Partner
Tallwood Venture Capital

George brings broad experience in venture capital, private equity, operations and technology to Tallwood. His ability to take a high-level business perspective helps him guide portfolio companies through complex decisions. George spends a portion of his time thinking about how Tallwood can expand beyond its early stage venture practice, which helps the firm plan for the future.

Prior to joining Tallwood, George was CEO of eTime Capital, a troubled enterprise software and services company that he restructured to achieve optimal liquidation. Earlier, he was General Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Mayfield, a venture capital fund. Before that, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Blum Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm and registered investment advisor. George also held several financial and sales management positions at NeXT Computer, where he prepared industry and company strategic overviews, developed an expanded distribution strategy and managed customer satisfaction programs.

George serves on the board of directors of Alphion Corp., Astute Networks, Audience Inc., Calypto Design Systems, Ikanos, Quintic Corporation and Samasource.

George holds a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College.

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Len Perham

Len Perham President & Chief Executive Officer
MoSys, Inc.

Mr. Perham is a successful entrepreneur with over 40 years of executive leadership and semiconductor industry experience. Perham retired from Integrated Device Technology in 2000 and served as chairman of the board of NetLogic Microsystems prior to its acquisition by Broadcom Corporation in 2012.

From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Perham served as CEO of Integrated Device Technology (NASDAQ:IDTI). He was appointed president and elected to the board of directors in 1986. During his 16-year tenure, Mr. Perham incubated several companies under the IDT umbrella including Galileo Technology (acquired by Marvell Technology), Quantum Effect Devices (acquired by PMC-Sierra), Monolithic System Technology (now MoSys, Inc.), Clear-Logic and Centaur Technology. Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Perham was president and CEO of Optical Information Systems Inc., a division of Exxon Enterprises. He was also a member of the founding team at Zilog Inc. and held management positions at Advanced Micro Devices and Western Digital.

Mr. Perham received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1968.

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Stanley Pierson

Stanley Pierson Partner
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Mr. Pierson is the leader of the Corporate & Securities - Technology Group. His practice focuses on the representation of technology companies and investors in venture capital and securities transactions, including private placements, mergers and acquisitions and corporate partnerships.

Mr. Pierson’s securities and general corporate representation includes work with a number of companies, as well as with certain institutional investors. Representative issuer clients include Aerion Corporation, CafePress.com, Cardax Pharmaceuticals, Connexus, Deeya Energy, DRW, eGain Communications, Hedvig, Inc., Kapow Technologies, Maginatics, NetSeer, Postelio, RAPsphere and Tensilica, Inc. Representative investor clients include KTB Ventures, Oak Hill Venture Partners and U.S. Venture Partners.

Mr. Pierson has handled over 250 private placements of securities during his 20+ years of practice in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Pierson has also represented sellers and buyers in numerous merger and acquisition transactions. Representative M&A transactions include the sale of SiByte, Inc. to Broadcom Corporation, the sale of VxTel, Inc. to Intel Corporation, the sale of P.A. Semi to Apple, Inc., the sale of PRN Corporation to Thomson S.A., StepNexus’ acquisition of the Smartcard assets of MasterCard International, the sale of Securent to Cisco, the sale of Modulus Video to Motorola, the sale of ScanAlert to McAfee and the merger of Connexus and Epic Media Group. Representative public offerings he has handled include the initial public offerings of eGain Communications Corporation, Meru Networks and Critical Path, Inc.

Prior to joining Pillsbury in 1997, Mr. Pierson was associated with two other Silicon Valley firms and also served as corporate counsel of a publicly held biotechnology company, Scios, Inc.

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Geoff Ribar

Geoff Ribar Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Cadence Design Systems

Geoff Ribar is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ribar is responsible for managing the company’s global finance organization, including Investor Relations, Information Technology, Workplace Resources, Order Fulfillment, Internal Audit and Controller functions.

Prior to his appointment as CFO at Cadence, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Telegent Systems in Sunnyvale, California, where he led the company’s Finance, Legal, IT and HR teams in supporting a sales growth that was among the fastest ever in the semiconductor industry.

Ribar has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry in both private and public companies. He held the CFO position at a number of semiconductor companies including SiRF, Matrix Semiconductor and nVidia. In addition he worked at AMD for 15 years, ending as corporate controller. During his career, Ribar has facilitated many M&A transactions, helping companies successfully scale during periods of rapid growth.

Ribar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, as well as an MBA, from the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Paul Russo

Paul Russo Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Geo Semiconductor

Dr. Russo currently serves as Chairman and CEO of GEO Semiconductor. He also serves as Director of FONOLO (www.fonolo.com) and SBG Labs (www.sbglabs.com), and an Advisor to SiOnyx – the “Black Silicon” Company (www.sionyx.com). Prior to founding GEO Semi, Dr. Russo Founded Silicon Optix in 2000, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, serving as Chairman & CEO through 2008. GEO acquired certain assets from Silicon Optix in 2009. Prior to Silicon Optix, Dr. Russo was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Microchip (acquired by ST Micro in 2007) through 2000, including its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1998, and on its board until 2001.

Prior to founding Genesis, he was General Manager of GE’s Microelectronics Center, Senior Manager in GE’s Industrial Electronics Group and Head, Microsystems Research at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center.

Dr. Russo received his B. Eng. from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. He holds six U.S. patents, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received numerous RCA and industry awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal and the 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. He served as an outside director of ATI Technologies from 2001 through its acquisition by AMD in late 2006, as well as numerous private venture funded start-ups acquired by public entities (e.g., RocketChips – acquired by Xilinx, Atmos – acquired by MoSys).

Dr. Russo is a member of the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA) Emerging Company CEO Council and participates in its EDA sub-committee.

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Matt Sachse

Matt Sachse Managing Director
Pagemill Partners

Matt Sachse is a Managing Director at Pagemill Partners and brings more than nine years of transaction experience to the firm, including completed transactions representing over $1.5B in aggregate value. Matt has spent his entire career representing information technology companies in transactions and his execution experience spans both software (wireless, infrastructure, embedded) and hardware (telecom, semiconductors, storage, photovoltaics/solar) segments. Matt has successfully structured and consummated complex, cross border transactions in geographical regions worldwide, including Asia, Canada, Europe and Israel.

Prior to Pagemill, Matt was a Vice President at SVB Alliant, where he provided a variety of advisory services (sell-side, buy-side, divestiture, private capital, strategic positioning and recapitalization) to technology clients worldwide. He was also responsible for managing the firm�s activities in consumer and wireless markets.

Previously, Matt worked in the technology investment banking practice of SoundView Technology Group, where he was responsible for the execution of public and private equity transactions for leading software, semiconductor, and communications companies.

Matt holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. While completing his degree at Stanford, Matt played professional baseball in the Seattle Mariners organization for seven years. In addition, Matt was recently recognized by the M&A Advisor as one of 40 rising stars in the field under the age of 40 (�40 under 40�).

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Ralph Schmitt

Ralph Schmitt Chief Executive Officer
OCZ Technology

Mr. Schmitt has served as a director of OCZ since April 2011 and was appointed as the CEO in October 2012. Prior to joining OCZ, Mr. Schmitt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of PLX Technology, Inc., a global provider of semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets since 2008. He has also chaired the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Emerging Company Council from 2010 thru 2012 and was on the 2012 GSA board of directors. During 2008, he consulted with a variety of venture capitalists, and acted as Chief Executive Officer of Legend Silicon, a privately funded Chinese terrestrial digital TV semiconductor company. From 2005 through 2007, Mr. Schmitt was Chief Executive Officer of Sipex, an analog semiconductor company that merged with Exar in 2007, where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Schmitt was executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for Cypress Semiconductor where he led sales growth to more than $1 billion while also overseeing the acquisition and integration of numerous companies. Mr. Schmitt serves on the board of PLX Technology, Inc. and has served on the boards at Cypress subsidiaries and other privately-held semiconductor and systems companies. Mr. Schmitt holds a B.S. of Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

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Dennis Segers

Dennis Segers Chief Executive Officer
Tabula

Dennis Segers joined Tabula in May 2006 after serving as an independent board member for two years. Prior to Tabula he served as president, CEO, and director of Matrix Semiconductor. Matrix pioneered the design and development of three-dimensional integrated circuits, a first in the history of semiconductor technology. At Matrix, Dennis oversaw the transition of the company from the early technology feasibility phase to high volume production, culminating in the acquisition of the company by SanDisk in January 2006.

Previously, Dennis served as the senior vice president and general manager of the FPGA product groups at Xilinx. He oversaw the development and introduction of the Virtex family of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), the most successful programmable logic family in the industry's history. Under his direction the high end FPGA division grew from a $300M business to over $1.4B. In April 2000 he was elected to the Xilinx board of directors.

A 35 year veteran of the semiconductor industry, Dennis has served as a board member and advisor to numerous venture capital backed startups as well as private and public companies. Dennis is currently a director for Parade Technologies, Ltd., a public fabless semiconductor company. A past member of the board of directors of the Global Semiconductor Alliance, Dennis also served as the Chairman of the GSA Emerging Company CEO Council from 2007 until 2010.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, he now serves as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board, and was a 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.

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