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Cypress Semiconductor Corp (CY.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

W. Steve Albrecht

72 2018 Chairman of the Board

Hassane El-Khoury

38 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Thad Trent

50 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

J. Augusto Oliveira

Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Chris Cook

Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Michael Balow

Executive Vice President - Sales, Applications

Sabbas Daniel

Executive Vice President - Quality

Sam Geha

52 2018 Executive Vice President, Memory Products Division

Sudhir Gopalswamy

48 2018 Executive Vice President, Microcontroller and Connectivity Division

Dana Nazarian

Executive Vice President, Operations, Technology

Pamela Tondreau

58 Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Human Resource Officer

Wei-Chung Wang

Executive Vice President, WW Manufacturing

O Kwon

59 2018 Director

Catherine Lego

61 2018 Director

Camillo Martino

56 2018 Director

John McCranie

74 2017 Director

Jeffrey Owens

64 2018 Director

Jeannine Sargent

54 2018 Director

Michael Wishart

63 2018 Director

Biographies

Name Description

W. Steve Albrecht

Dr. W. Steve Albrecht is an Chairman of the Board of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. W. Steve Albrecht is the Gunnel Endowed Professor in the Marriott School of Management and a Wheatley Fellow at Brigham Young University (BYU). He served as the associate dean of the school until July 2008. Mr. Albrecht, a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, and certified fraud examiner, joined BYU after teaching at Stanford University and the University of Illinois. Prior to becoming a professor, he worked as an accountant for Deloitte, an accounting firm. Mr. Albrecht is the past president of the American Accounting Association and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is a former trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation that provides oversight to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. He is also a former trustee of COSO, the organization that developed the internal control framework used by most companies. He has consulted with numerous corporations on fraud, controls and financial reporting issues. He has been an expert witness in several large financial statement fraud cases. In addition to Cypress Semiconductor, he currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Red Hat, Inc. and SkyWest, Inc. Mr. Albrecht has written over 125 academic and professional articles and over 25 books, including a textbook on corporate governance and boards of directors. Mr. Albrecht holds a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University, a master's degree in Business Administration and a doctorate degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin.

Hassane El-Khoury

Mr. Hassane El-Khoury is a President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. He was previously executive vice president of Cypress’s Programmable Systems Division, managing the company’s standard and programmable microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, including its Platform PSoC family of devices, and its automotive business. Prior to that, El-Khoury ran Cypress's automotive business unit, architecting its human-machine interface strategy—which is focused on the automotive touch business—and spearheading its effort to target the growing infotainment, instrumentation cluster and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) segments. Under El-Khoury, the automotive business unit significantly expanded its revenue, market share and technology leadership. Prior to joining Cypress, El-Khoury served in various engineering roles with subsystem supplier Continental Automotive Systems, where he spent time based in the U.S., Germany and Japan. He has a deep understanding of customer and design requirements in the automotive and industrial markets, as well as a systems-level understanding of how chips work together to form integrated customer solutions. El-Khoury holds a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich., and a master's degree in engineering management from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Thad Trent

Mr. Thad Trent serves as a Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the company . Since being promoted to the position in 2014, Trent has directed Cypress’s M&A strategy including the acquisition of Broadcom’s Internet of Things business, the merger with Spansion and several divestitures to position the company as a leader in advanced embedded system solutions for fast-growing markets of automotive, industrial and consumer. He has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry with a proven track record of building scalable operational infrastructure, leading strategic corporate development and capital market transactions to accelerate revenue and profitability. Trent joined Cypress in 2005 and had been vice president of finance since 2010 leading the strategic planning functions for Cypress’ business units and worldwide operations. Prior to joining Cypress, he held finance leadership roles at publicly traded companies Wind River Systems and Wyle Electronics, as well as two technology startups. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance at San Diego State University. Trent serves on the Board of Directors at AgigA Tech and Deca Technologies

J. Augusto Oliveira

Mr. J. Augusto de Oliveira is a Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Cypress. He is responsible for platform architectures, intellectual property and patents, internal startups and longer-term strategic planning. Oliveira joined Cypress in 2007 as senior vice president and CTO of Cypress’s Memory and Data Communications divisions. In late 2008, his role was expanded to include all divisions. Oliveira has worked on the definition of technical strategies and products such as Cypress’s EZ-USB® FX3™ USB 3.0 controllers, TrueTouch® controllers, next-generation Quad Data Rate™ and PSoC® products. Oliveira has more than 25 years of experience in R&D management and technology strategy for very-large-scale systems-on-chip, including both chip design and software development. He has held technical and management positions with Philips in The Netherlands and the United States, including manager of the Philips MIPS Technology Center and CTO and systems development manager for the Handheld Computing Group that created the SoC and companion IC for the first generation of Microsoft handheld PCs. From 1999 to 2005, Oliveira was chief architect and innovation manager for the consumer business of Philips Semiconductors, and led the architecture definition and technical strategy for the Nexperia digital video platform. Oliveira received his Master's degree from the Philips International Institute, Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1990 and a bachelor's degree in 1985 from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil - all in electrical engineering.

Chris Cook

Mr. Chris Cook is a Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the company . Chris Cook was appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Cypress in March 2017. Cook is a high-tech executive with valuable learning from his experiences leading global semiconductor, system and software businesses in various market segments, including automotive, industrial, and consumer applications within the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). In his CMO role, he is responsible for driving the marketing and communications strategy to clearly position Cypress as the embedded solutions leader and as a problem solver to customers. Cook previously served as the President of Flex Power, a leading global supplier of high-value power solutions for mobile devices, cloud infrastructure and IoT products. Prior to Flex Power, he served on the senior leadership team at Infineon Technologies, where he held numerous executive roles with P&L, General Management, Engineering, Sales and Marketing responsibilities. Most recently, he was co-founder and CEO of Cauz Colony, a social impact start-up focused on using digital marketing to connect people, brands and charities to raise awareness. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineer and Technology from Purdue University and attended the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Michael Balow

Mr. Michael Balow is is the executive vice president of sales and applications at Cypress. Prior to his current role, he was the vice president of worldwide sales and distribution at Spansion, where he was instrumental in growing sales in Japan, Southeast Asia, Korea, China and Taiwan, and establishing a new APAC distribution channel strategy. Balow has more than 25 years of global semiconductor and defense industry experience in sales and engineering leadership roles. Prior to his most recent position at Spansion, he was vice president of sales for North America and Southeast Asia for Integrated Device Technologies (IDT), where he was responsible for driving revenue, design-ins, distribution channel strategy and execution, manufacturer rep management, and go-to market and strategic marketing plans. Prior to IDT, Balow was the area sales manager for Freescale Semiconductor and an engineering manager at Lockheed Martin. Balow holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Sabbas Daniel

Mr. Sabbas Daniel is a Executive Vice President of Quality at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Mr. Daniel is responsible for driving Cypress towards developing and implementing processes with zero defects in the design and technology, R&D, wafer fabrication, assembly, and testing operations. Mr. Daniel joined Cypress in 1998 as director of failure analysis in support of R&D, manufacturing, and customers, and later promoted to be responsible for Cypress's reliability and field quality organizations. Before joining Cypress, he worked at Samsung Semiconductor in Korea as director of reliability in the system LSI, memory, LCD, and alpha microprocessor operations. Mr. Daniel holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sam Geha

Mr. Sam G. Geha is Executive Vice President, Memory Products Division of the company. He also serves as a board member of Enovix, a Silicon-based Lithium Ion battery start-up co-funded by Cypress. Geha previously served as the senior vice president of the Intellectual Property (IP) Business Unit, where he oversaw licensing Cypress’s various embedded nonvolatile memory technologies (SONOS and eCT) to foundries, including TSMC, UMC, HLMC and HH-Grace, as well as licensing Cypress’s 3D NAND technology to XMC. Under Geha, the IP Business unit significantly expanded its revenue, market share and technology leadership. Prior to that, he was the vice president of the Technology R&D organization. He also founded and wrote the business plan for Deca Technologies, a Wafer-Level Chip-Scale Packaging start-up, funded by Cypress and SunPower. Geha joined Cypress in 1995 and has served as the senior director of technology development for SONOS and the director of technology development for MRAM and SRAM technologies. He has a deep understanding of how chips are developed, designed and qualified. Prior to joining Cypress, Geha worked in various technology development functions at Motorola and National Semiconductor. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE), a master’s of science in electrical engineering (MSEE) and a philosophical doctorate in electrical engineering (PhD) from the University of Arizona.

Sudhir Gopalswamy

Mr. Sudhir Gopalswamy is Executive Vice President, Microcontroller and Connectivity Division of the company. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the business. Gopalswamy joined Cypress in 2008 and has managed a variety of business units (BU), including the Timing Solutions BU, the Synchronous SRAM BU and most recently the MCU BU. Prior to joining Cypress, he worked at Conexant, where he was responsible for the cable set-top box product line. Before Conexant, Gopalswamy spent nine years at Intel Corporation, during which he held management and leadership roles of increasing responsibility, spanning the computing, communications/networking and consumer electronics segments. He holds a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Duke University.

Dana Nazarian

Mr. Dana Nazarian is a Executive Vice President and Operations & Technology of the company . He was the executive vice president for the Memory and Imaging Division during 2009-2016. Nazarian is a career Cypress employee. He joined Cypress in 1988 as a product engineer and was later promoted to fab process engineering manager, responsible for half of Cypress’s Fab2 facility in Round Rock, Texas. In 1994, Nazarian became yield manager for Fab 2—a position he held for three years. From 1997-2001, Nazarian was director of yield and technology transfer for Cypress until shifting roles to direct product engineering for the Micropower SRAM Business Unit in 2001. In 2005, he was named senior director of the Synchronous SRAM Business Unit, and was later promoted to vice president in 2008. Nazarian graduated from Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Pamela Tondreau

Ms. Pamela Lise Tondreau is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Human Resource Officer the company. Prior to joining Cypress, Tondreau spent 13 years at Hewlett-Packard Company in various roles, including Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to the CTO, HP Labs, HP Networking, IP Licensing, Strategic Initiatives and Global Alliances. In addition, she supported the Chief Marketing Officer, the Chief Information Officer and the EVP of Personal Systems, as well as serving as Corporate Secretary to the Technology Committee of the Board of Directors. Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Tondreau was an associate at Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges, serving as both a litigation and corporate attorney. Tondreau holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a JD from McGeorge School of Law.

Wei-Chung Wang

Mr. Wei-Chung Wang is a Executive Vice President , WW Manufacturing of the company . Wei-Chung brings a wealth of leadership experience and technical expertise in semiconductor manufacturing operations and engineering. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Operations at Fairchild Semiconductor, responsible for overseeing fab and assembly/test, foundry/subcons, supply chain, procurement, product and test engineering, packaging development, and process development. Wei-Chung elevated Fairchild’s operational excellence, accelerated its process and packaging development, managed important transfer and ramp projects and drove improvements in cost, quality, and manufacturing flexibility. Prior to Fairchild, Wei-Chung managed external manufacturing at Maxim Integrated where he significantly improved the flexibility of their manufacturing network, including foundry, wafer level packaging, and test areas. He also led Maxim’s strategy to enable the transition of analog BCD technology to 300mm lines to improve cost, quality, and capacity. Wei-Chung held numerous executive and management roles at TSMC and Intel, including technology development and engineering before joining Maxim. Wei-Chung earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan and a master's degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

O Kwon

Mr. O. C. Kwon is a Director of the Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Mr. Kwon is senior advisor to SK Hynix. Prior to his appointment to Spansion's Board of Directors, he served as an advisor to the Board. Mr. Kwon has more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He has held many leadership positions in areas such as business development, finance, marketing, strategic planning and manufacturing. Before serving as advisor to SK Hynix, he was CEO of SK Hynix, and held several positions with Hyundai Electronics America and Hynix, including CEO. During his tenure at Hynix, he was elected as the chairman of the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association. He also played an integral role in many initiatives critical to the company's business restructuring, recapitalization, strategic alliances and new business development. Most notable was his leadership of Hynix's entry into the NAND Flash market in collaboration with ST Micro and establishment the company's manufacturing facility in Wuxi, China, which now produces about half of the total DRAM output of SK Hynix. Mr. Kwon served in the Korean Navy as finance officer for three years. He holds a bachelor's degree in international economics from Seoul National University.

Catherine Lego

Ms. Catherine P. Lego is a Director of the company. Ms. Lego is the founder of Lego Ventures LLC, she is the founder of Lego Ventures LLC, a consulting services firm and source of start-up capital for early stage technology companies, formed in 1992. She currently serves on the boards of Lam Research Corporation and IPG Photonics Corporation. She has served on the boards of Fairchild Semiconductor, SanDisk Corporation, JDS Uniphase and several other public companies, along with a dozen private companies. Ms. Lego previously was a partner at two venture capital funds and practiced as a certified public accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). Ms. Lego received a B.A. degree in economics and biology from Williams College and her M.S. degree from the New York University Stern School of Business. In 2015, she was given a Directors 100 award from the NACD for her board service.

Camillo Martino

Mr. Camillo Martino is a Director of the company. He has served on the Board of Directors of MagnaChip since August 2016, and he was appointed to the Board of Directors of MosChip in April 2017. Mr. Martino also serves on the Board of Directors at multiple privately-held companies, including VVDN Technologies and SAI Technology. Mr. Martino was the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Silicon Image until it was acquired by Lattice Semiconductor in 2015. His semiconductor experience also includes the position of COO at Zoran Corporation, and earlier in his career, he served at National Semiconductor in four different countries including Japan and China over a nearly 14-year period. Mr. Martino holds a bachelor of applied science degree from the University of Melbourne and a graduate diploma in digital communications from Monash University in Australia.

John McCranie

Mr. John Daniel McCranie is a Director of the company. Mr. McCranie also served on the Board of Directors of Mentor Graphics from 2012 to 2017. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Freescale Semiconductors from 2011 until 2014 and on the Board of Directors of Cypress Semiconductor from 2005 through 2014. From 2014 to 2015, he served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Applications at Cypress Semiconductor. He also served as Executive Chairman of Virage Logic, from 2008 until 2010. Previously, Mr. McCranie served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Virage Logic from 2007 to 2008, Executive Chairman of Virage Logic from 2006 to 2007, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Virage Logic from 2003 to 2006. He also served as Chairman of Actel Corporation from 2004 to 2010 and Chairman of Xicor Corporation from 2000 to 2004. Mr. McCranie was also employed in various positions with Cypress Semiconductor from 1993 to 2001. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. McCranie was President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SEEQ Technology, Inc. He holds Bs in Electrical of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University .

Jeffrey Owens

Mr. Jeffrey J. Owens is a Director of the Company. He retired from his role as Chief Technology Officer at Delphi, where he was instrumental in transforming the company into a provider of software, electronics, and advanced safety and electrical architectures to the world’s largest automotive manufacturers. Prior to his CTO role, he was President of Delphi’s $3 billion Electronics and Safety division. Mr. Owens currently serves on the board of directors of public engineering materials supplier Rogers Corporation. He is on the board of trustees at Kettering University and previously served as chairman of the board. Mr. Owens, holds a B.S. in engineering from Kettering University and an M.B.A. from Ball State University.

Jeannine Sargent

Ms. Jeannine P. Sargent is a Director of the Company. She has more than 30 years of experience encompassing leadership, operations, marketing and engineering roles within a diverse mix of high tech component and systems companies across multiple industries. She has served as President of Innovation and New Ventures at leading contract manufacturer Flex, and as CEO at both Oerlikon Solar, a thin-film silicon solar photovoltaic module manufacturer, and Voyan Technology, an embedded systems software provider to the communications and semiconductor industries. She currently serves on several investment and advisory boards and is on the board of trustees at Northeastern University. Ms. Sargent holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northeastern University and certificates from the executive development programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard University and Stanford University.

Michael Wishart

Mr. Michael S. Wishart serves as a Director of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Prior to joining the Cypress board, Michael S. Wishart was a member of the Spansion Inc. board of directors. Mr. Wishart has more than 30 years of experience as an executive advisor to the technology industry. He previously held senior positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co., including chairman of Goldman’s Global Technology Group and managing director of Goldman Sachs, where he counseled senior executives on strategic issues. He retired from Goldman in 2011 as an advisory director. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he was managing director and co-head of the Global Technology Group of Lehman Brothers, and previously worked in the Investment Banking Division of Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. Mr. Wishart is a member of the Investment Committee at Sacred Heart Schools, and is a member of the Management Board at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds BS from St. Lawrence University and Masters in Business Administration from Stanford Business School .