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IXYS Corp (IXYS.OQ)

IXYS.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Nathan Zommer

69 2016 Chairman of the Board, Co-Chief Executive Officer

Uzi Sasson

55 2017 President, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Director

Donald Feucht

83 2000 Independent Director

Samuel Kory

74 1999 Independent Director

Sang Joon Lee

77 2000 Independent Director

Timothy Richardson

60 2007 Independent Director

James Thorburn

61 2007 Independent Director

Kenneth Wong

47 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Nathan Zommer

Dr. Nathan Zommer, Ph.D. is Chairman of the Board, Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Dr. Zommer, founder of our company, has served as a Director since our inception in 1983, and has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since March 1993. From 1993 to 2009, Dr. Zommer served as President and, from 1984 to 1993, Dr. Zommer served as Executive Vice President. Prior to founding our company, Dr. Zommer served in a variety of positions with Intersil, Hewlett Packard and General Electric, including as a scientist in the Hewlett Packard Laboratories and Director of the Power MOS Division for Intersil/General Electric. As our founder, Dr. Zommer has the benefit of our company’s complete history. This, taken together with his technical skills, background as an executive and over three decades of experience in the semiconductor industry, makes him uniquely qualified to be on our Board. Dr. Zommer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physical Chemistry from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Uzi Sasson

Mr. Uzi Sasson, CPA is President, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Director of IXYS Corporation. He has been a Director since June 2015 and he was also a Director from August to November 2004. From November 2004 to December 2009, Mr. Sasson was our Vice President and, from June 2007 to August 2010, Mr. Sasson held the title of Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Sasson worked in tax, accounting and finance for technology and accounting firms. Mr. Sasson brings to the Board his decade long experience in the operational and financial matters of our company and expertise from his career in tax, public accounting and finance prior to joining our company. Mr. Sasson has a M.S. in Taxation and a B.S. in Accounting from Golden Gate University and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

Donald Feucht

Dr. Donald L. Feucht, Ph.D. is Independent Director of the Company. From 1992 until his retirement in 1998, Dr. Feucht served as Vice President for Operations for Associated Western Universities. He was employed as a Program Management Specialist for EG&G Rocky Flats, Inc. from 1990 until 1992. Prior to 1990, Dr. Feucht served in several positions with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, including Deputy Director. Prior to joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, he served as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Dean at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Feucht adds an extensive technical background in semiconductor design and solar energy, analytical skills and experience in managing research and scientific organizations to the Board’s set of skills and experience. Dr. Feucht received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Samuel Kory

Mr. Samuel Kory is Independent Director of the Company. In 1988, he founded Samuel Kory Associates, a management consulting firm. Since founding the firm, Mr. Kory has served as the firm’s sole proprietor and principal, as well as a consultant for the firm. He has substantially retired from this business, limiting his work to occasional assignments. Mr. Kory previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sensor Technologies USA, Vice President for Business Development and Sales of our company, Division General Manager and Corporate Director of Marketing for Seiko Instruments USA, and an International Manager for Spectra Physics Inc. During his career, Mr. Kory worked in and consulted with a variety of companies in high technology businesses. His experience in business development and sales in the semiconductor industry, combined with his international background in managing operations, sales and marketing in customers of the semiconductor industry, permits him to bring a perspective on marketing and business development issues to the Board. Mr. Kory received his B.S.M.E. from Pennsylvania State University.

Sang Joon Lee

Dr. Sang Joon Lee, Ph.D. is Independent Director of the Company. From 1990 to March 2008, Dr. Lee served as President of Omni Microelectronics, a consulting and engineering company. Dr. Lee also served as President of Adaptive Logic, a semiconductor company, from 1991 until 1996. Previously, Dr. Lee served as President of Samsung Semiconductor. Dr. Lee’s technical expertise, combined with his operational experience running an international semiconductor manufacturer, adds depth to the Board’s understanding of the semiconductor business. Dr. Lee received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Timothy Richardson

Mr. Timothy A. Richardson is Independent Director of the Company. He is an electronics industry veteran and, since January 2015, a Venture Partner of Vertical Venture Partners. Mr. Richardson has served as a consultant to a number of organizations since January 2011. In April 2015, Traction LLC was established to manage his consulting relationships. Mr. Richardson also serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He was a director of the Jupiter Research Foundation from May 2003 to May 2015 and currently serves as the foundation’s Treasurer. At Sirenza Microdevices, Inc., a supplier of radio frequency components for electronics, he was the Chief Strategy Advisor from October 2006 to April 2007. From May 2002 to October 2006, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Micro Linear Corporation, an integrated circuit company specializing in wireless applications. Mr. Richardson’s service as the chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of a public semiconductor company, as well as his service as a strategic officer of another semiconductor company and his extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, enables him to provide operational, financial and business development expertise to apply on behalf of our company.

James Thorburn

Mr. James M. Thorburn is Independent Director of the Company. Since April 2010, Mr. Thorburn has been consulting, principally to private equity and startup firms. In connection with his consulting work, Mr. Thorburn served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of Ener-Core, Inc., a manufacturer of gradual oxidizer power generators, from May 2013 to November 2013. Mr. Thorburn was an operator affiliate with Francisco Partners, a private equity firm, from August 2006 to February 2009 and served as the Chief Financial Officer of Fisker Automotive, Inc., a premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle manufacturer, from February 2009 to April 2010. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Zilog, Inc. from January 2002 until August 2006. Prior to being Chief Executive Officer at Zilog, Mr. Thorburn held various executive positions including Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ON Semiconductor, operating consultant with Texas Pacific Group, Chief Financial Officer at Zilog and management positions at National Semiconductor. Mr. Thorburn, through his background in private equity and executive experience in public and private companies, brings leadership skills, mergers and acquisition skills, and capital financing and financial reporting experience to the mix of skills on the Board. Mr. Thorburn holds a BSc. (Hons.) degree from University of Glasgow and is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom.

Kenneth Wong

Mr. Kenneth David Wong is Independent Director of the Company. Previously, he served as a director from 2004 to 2007. Since June 2016, Mr. Wong has served as Senior Managing Director of Capital Markets and Treasury of DivcoWest, a real estate investment firm. From 2012 to May 2016, Mr. Wong was the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of MWest REIT, Inc., an owner-operator of commercial real estate in Silicon Valley, California. From 1997 to 2011, Mr. Wong was with Menlo Equities, a developer and owner-operator of commercial real estate in California. Mr. Wong served as its Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2011 and as its Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2011. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Wong served in several positions at Coopers & Lybrand, his last role being a Manager. Mr. Wong’s work in finance and accounting adds to the Board’s expertise in these fields. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Nathan Zommer

494,639

Uzi Sasson

1,495,700

Donald Feucht

--

Samuel Kory

--

Sang Joon Lee

--

Timothy Richardson

--

James Thorburn

--

Kenneth Wong

--
As Of  31 Mar 2017