Board of Directors

Gary Meyers

Gary Meyers

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Gary Meyers was appointed Chairman of the Board in September 2016 and has served as a director of the Company since May 2008. Mr. Meyers was President and Chief Executive Officer, and member of the board of directors of FusionOps, a venture-backed provider of cloud based supply chain analytics solutions from April 2012 through July 2016. Mr. Meyers served as Vice President and General Manager, Synplicity Business Group of Synopsys, Inc., from May 2008 through April 2010. From October 2004 until its acquisition by Synopsys in May 2008, Mr. Meyers served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Synplicity, Inc., a public EDA company, and from January 2005 until its acquisition as a member of the board of directors of Synplicity. From August 2004 to October 2004, he served as Synplicity’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and from November 1999 to August 2004, Mr. Meyers served as Synplicity’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Mr. Meyers served on the board of directors of Oasys Design Systems from February 2011 through its acquisition by Mentor Graphics Corporation in January 2014. Mr. Meyers also served on the board of directors of Mentor Graphics Corporation from May 2011 to May 2012 and on the board of directors of SpiraTech Limited prior to its acquisition by Mentor Graphics Corporation. He also held a number of senior sales and marketing management positions at LSI Corporation, a semiconductor firm, from 1988 through 1997. Mr. Meyers has an MBA from UCLA, and he received his BSEE, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland. Among other qualifications, Mr. Meyers brings extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, in particular a strong systems level background, as well as executive leadership experience, to the Board of Directors.

Committees

Committee Role
Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Chair
Audit Committee Member
Compensation Committee Member
Ryan A. Benton

Ryan A. Benton

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Ryan A. Benton was promoted to CEO and a member of the Board of Directors in May 2016 after having served as senior vice president and chief financial officer since December 2012. Mr. Benton has over 25 years of finance, business, and operational experience, 16 of which have been in senior management positions. Mr. Benton’s experience includes a range of leadership positions at companies such as ASMI International NV, eFunds, SoloPower, and Synapsense. Mr. Benton started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. after receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas. Mr. Benton currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pivotal Systems, Inc.

Behrooz Abdi

Behrooz Abdi

Director

Mr. Abdi became a director on September 26, 2012. Mr. Abdi has been providing executive leadership and funding to various early stage companies focused on clean energy technologies, semiconductors, mobile applications, and related services since December 2011. As of October 24, 2012, Mr. Abdi is Chief Executive Officer and President of InvenSense Inc., a publicly traded company providing MotionTracking™ devices for consumer electronics products. He currently serves as a director at Tabula Inc., a privately held company. From November 2009 to December 2011, Mr. Abdi served as Executive Vice President at NetLogic Microsystems Inc., a provider of high performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next generation networks (acquired by Broadcom Corporation). From November 2007 to November 2009, Mr. Abdi was President and CEO at RMI Corporation, a software and support company. From March 2004 to November 2007, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Qualcomm Incorporated, a company providing 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. From July 1985 to December 2004, Mr. Abdi served in a number of executive management and engineering positions with Motorola Inc., a company providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. He holds a B.S.E.E. from Montana State University and M.S.E.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology. Among other qualifications, Mr. Abdi brings extensive technological experience, knowledge and background in the clean energy technologies, semiconductor and mobile applications industries and related fields, to the Board of Directors.

Committees

Committee Role
Audit Committee Member
Compensation Committee Member
Izak Bencuya

Izak Bencuya

Director

Izak Bencuya became a director of the Company in February 2009. Dr. Bencuya is an independent consultant on Energy and Power Management in Alternative Energy Applications. Dr. Bencuya was the Chief Executive Officer of Deeya Energy, a cleantech company dedicated to developing and manufacturing electrical energy storage systems, from June 2008 until April 2010. He worked for 13 years at National Semiconductor and then was the Executive Vice President of Fairchild Semiconductor and the General Manager of the Functional Power Products Group in San Jose, California until the end of 2007. Dr. Bencuya has over 25 years of power semiconductor industry experience. He began his career at Yale University where he researched ultrathin oxide MOS devices. Dr. Bencuya later worked at GTE Laboratories and Siliconix in various research and management roles to develop and market leading edge Power Devices, such as MOSFETs, IGBTs and SITs. He joined Fairchild Semiconductor in 1994 to start the Power Products business which grew to be a $950 million annual revenue business under his leadership providing Power Semiconductor solutions for all power supply applications in the computing, communications, industrial, consumer and automotive markets. Dr. Bencuya has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey and an M.S. and PhD in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. He is a member of the IEEE Electron Device Society. Dr. Bencuya holds 22 patents and has been published extensively in the electronics field. Among other qualifications, Dr. Bencuya brings extensive technological experience, knowledge and background in the semiconductor industry and related fields, to the Board of Directors.

Committees

Committee Role
Compensation Committee Chair
Audit Committee Member
Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Member
Pierre G. Guilbault

Pierre G. Guilbault

Director

Pierre Guilbault became a director of the Company upon the acquisition of Sipex Corporation (“Sipex”) by the Company in August 2007. Mr. Guilbault served as a member of Sipex’s board of directors from September 2006 to August 2007. He has been with Future Electronics Inc. (“Future”), the Company’s largest distributor and an affiliate of the Company’s largest stockholder, since October 2002 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Future, Mr. Guilbault was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of My Virtual Model, Motion International Inc. and Steinberg, Inc. Mr. Guilbault became a Chartered Accountant in 1981 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Quebec at Montreal. Among other qualifications, Mr. Guilbault brings extensive finance experience in both high-technology and other industries as well as related international business experience, including service as a public company chief financial officer, to the Board of Directors.

Brian Hilton

Brian Hilton

Director

Brian Hilton became a director of the Company through the acquisition of Sipex by the Company in August 2007. Mr. Hilton served as a member of Sipex’s board of directors from July 2004 to August 2007 and as the Chairman of the board of directors of Sipex from October 2006 to August 2007. He has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Hilton has been retired since 2002. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Hilton was President of Avnet Electronics Marketing, a global electronics distributor. In this role, Mr. Hilton was responsible for building Avnet’s Asian business and expanding its presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to Avnet, Mr. Hilton spent 30 years at Motorola, Inc., reaching the position of Corporate Vice President and Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector (“SPS”). From 1979 to 1981, Mr. Hilton served as Vice President Finance & Administration for Motorola SPS. From 1976 to 1978, Mr. Hilton served as the Vice President and Corporate Controller for Motorola Canada Limited. From 1969 to 1971, Mr. Hilton served as Division Controller for the Motorola Automotive Products Division. From 1964 to 1967, Mr. Hilton participated in the General Motors financial management program. Mr. Hilton currently serves as a director of Border States Electric. Mr. Hilton graduated with a BA from the University of Manitoba. Among other qualifications, Mr. Hilton brings extensive finance and accounting experience in both high-technology and other industries, in particular strong channel experience, to the Board of Directors.

Committees

Committee Role
Audit Committee Chair
Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Member

Jeffrey Jacobowitz

Director

Mr. Jacobowitz is the founder and managing member of Simcoe Capital Management, LLC ("Simcoe"), an investment management firm formed in February 2003. From 2002 to 2014, Mr. Jacobowitz was a research analyst and managing director with Robotti & Company LLC, an investment research firm. From 1999 until 2002, Mr. Jacobowitz was a research analyst with Naples, Florida-based Private Capital Management, an investment management firm. From 1996 until 1999, Mr. Jacobowitz was a research analyst with Robotti & Company, LLC. Prior to 1996, Mr. Jacobowitz was a senior accountant with Deloitte & Touche LLP, a public accounting firm. Previously, Mr. Jacobowitz has served on the Boards of Telular Corporation and Alloy Inc. Mr Jacobowitz holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland (UMBC) and is a Certified Public Accountant. Simcoe and its affiliates currently hold 5.1% of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock.