Syed Ali, President & CEO Syed B. Ali is one of our founders and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors since the inception of the company in 2000. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Ali was Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Malleable Technologies, a communication chip company of which he was a founding management team member. Malleable Technologies was acquired by PMC Sierra, a communication IC company in 2000. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Ali was an Executive Director at Samsung Electronics where he started the Flash memory and CPU businesses and put together the business plans that drove sales in each line to over a $100M in less than two years. Prior to that, he had various positions at Wafer Scale Integration, a division of SGS-Thompson, Tandem Computer, and American Microsystems. He received a BSEE from Osmania University, in Hyderabad, India and an MSEE from the University of Michigan.
Brad W. Buss, Director Brad W. Buss has served as a director since July 2016. He is a veteran of the high technology and semiconductor space with almost 30 years of experience with public and private companies including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and substantial shareholder value creation activities. Mr. Buss retired as the Chief Financial Officer of SolarCity Corporation in February 2016 and is currently focused on board service and advising. In addition, Mr. Buss served as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation from August 2005 to June 2014. Mr. Buss also held prior financial leadership roles with Altera Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Veba Electronics LLC and Wyle Electronics, Inc. Mr. Buss serves as a director for Tesla Motors Inc. and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and served as a director for CaféPress, Inc. from 2007 until July 2016. Mr. Buss holds a B.A. in economics from McMaster University and an honors business administration degree, majoring in finance and accounting, from the University of Windsor.
Edward H. Frank, Ph.D, Director Edward H. Frank, Ph.D. has served as a director since July 2016. He co-founded Cloud Parity Inc., a voice-of-the-customer startup in the SF Bay Area, in late 2013 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. From 2009 through 2013, Dr. Frank was Vice President of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple, Inc. where he led the development of four generations of Macintosh laptop and desktop computers. Before joining Apple, Dr. Frank was Corporate Vice President of Research and Development at Broadcom Corporation. Prior to joining Broadcom, Dr. Frank was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Epigram, Inc., a developer of integrated circuits and software for home networking, which Broadcom acquired in 1999. Dr. Frank holds over 50 issued patents. He serves as a director of Analog Devices, Inc., eASIC Corporation, and Quanatenna Communications, Inc., and is an advisor to several Bay Area venture capital firms and startups. Dr. Frank is also Vice Chairman of Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Frank holds a B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Sanjay Mehrotra, Director Sanjay Mehrotra has served as a director since July 2009. He co-founded SanDisk Corporation and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from January, 2011 until the acquisition of the company by Western Digital Corporation in May 2016. Mr. Mehrotra also served SanDisk in a variety of capacities since helping co-found the company in 1988, including as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of Product Development, and Director of Memory Design and Product Engineering. Mr. Mehrotra has over 35 years of experience in the non-volatile semiconductor memory industry, including engineering and management positions at Integrated Device Technology, Inc., SEEQ Technology, Inc., Intel Corporation and Atmel Corporation. Mr. Mehrotra earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program (SEP). In addition to the board of directors of Cavium, Inc., Mr. Mehrotra serves on the board of directors of Western Digital Corporation, the Engineering Advisory Board at UC Berkeley, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and the U.S. India Business Council (USIBC). Mr. Mehrotra holds more than 70 patents and has published articles in the area of non-volatile memory design and flash memory systems.
Madhav Rajan, Director. Madhav Rajan is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. In that role, he is responsible for the academic oversight for the MBA program and the Robert K. Jaedicke Accounting Professor of Law (by courtesy) at Stanford Law School. From 2002 to 2010, he served as the area coordinator for Accounting at Stanford GSB. In 1990, his dissertation won the Alexander Henderson Award for Excellence in Economic Theory. After completing his doctoral studies, Madhav joined the faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was promoted to the rank of tenured Associate Professor in 1996, and Professor in 2000. He is a member of the Management Accounting section of the American Accounting Association and has twice been a plenary speaker at the AAA Management Accounting Conference. Madhav has taught courses in managerial accounting at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA levels. Madhav has won several teaching awards at Wharton and Stanford, including the David W. Hauck Award, the highest undergraduate teaching honor at Wharton. At Stanford, Madhav participates in a variety of executive education initiatives, including teaching in the flagship Stanford Executive Program. Rajan has also coauthored the first edition of Fundamentals of Cost Accounting, published by McGraw Hill-Irwin in 2005. Madhav is a Director of iShares, Inc. and a Trustee of the iShares Trust. Mr. Rajan received his undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Madras, India, and his MS in Accounting, MBA, and PhD degrees from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University.
C.N. Reddy, Director C.N. Reddy has served as a director since 2001. He is a co-founder of Alliance Semiconductor Corporation, which until 2006 was a provider of semiconductor products and solutions and is now a holding company, and held various positions with Alliance. From October 2000 to October 2014, he served as the Executive Vice President for Investments at Alliance, during which time he was responsible for Alliance’s investments in private technology companies and identifying future possible technology company acquisitions for Alliance. From December 1997 to October 2000, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Alliance. From May 1993 to December 1997, he served as Senior Vice-President Engineering and Operations at Alliance. From 1985 to May 1993, he served as Vice President Engineering at Alliance. Mr. Reddy served as a member of the board of directors of Alliance from Alliance’s inception in 1985 to October 2014. He was a member of the founding management team at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Reddy held positions at Texas Instruments Incorporated and National Semiconductor Corporation (now part of Texas Instruments). He currently serves on several private company boards. Mr. Reddy received an MSEE from Utah State University.
Anthony S. Thornley, Director Anthony S. Thornley has served as a director since September 2006 and has served as our lead independent director since June 2012. From June 2011 to March 2012 he served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company, a golf equipment company. From February 2002 to June 2005 he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, a wireless communication technology and integrated circuit company. From July 2001 to February 2002 he served as Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Qualcomm and from March 1994 to February 2002 as Chief Financial Officer of Qualcomm. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was with Nortel Networks, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, for sixteen years in various financial and information systems management positions, including Vice President Finance and IS, Public Networks, Vice President Finance NT World Trade and Corporate Controller Nortel Limited. Mr. Thornley has also worked for Coopers and Lybrand in public accounting. Mr. Thornley is a director of Callaway Golf Company, Proximetry, Inc., a network software company, and Gorgon Media Inc., a specialized investment company. Mr. Thornley received his BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.