Exar Delivers

Delivering highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications.

Board of Directors

Louis DiNardo
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Louis DiNardo was appointed president, chief executive officer and director as of January 3, 2012. Prior to joining Exar, he was a partner at Crosslink Capital, a stage-independent venture capital and growth equity firm based in San Francisco, which he joined in January of 2008 and focused on semiconductor and alternative energy technology investment in private companies. Mr. DiNardo was a partner at VantagePoint Venture Partners from January of 2007 through January of 2008. Mr. DiNardo was president and chief operating officer at Intersil Corporation from January 2006 through October 2006. Prior to his promotion, Mr. DiNardo held the position of executive vice president of the power management business. He held the position of President and CEO as well as co-chairman of the Board of Directors at Xicor Corporation, a public company, from 2000 until Intersil acquired the company in July of 2004. Mr. DiNardo spent thirteen years at Linear Technology where he was vice president of worldwide marketing and general manager of the mixed signal business unit. He began his career in the semiconductor industry at Analog Devices Incorporated where he served for eight years in a variety of technical and management roles. Mr. DiNardo holds a B.A. from Ursinus College, 1981. Mr. DiNardo currently serves on board of directors of Quantum Corporation, a leading supplier of scale-out, archive and data protection solutions. Mr. DiNardo is on the advisory board of Conexant Systems, Inc. a leader in audio and imaging solutions. Mr. DiNardo has held executive leadership positions with and served on the Board of Directors of a variety of privately held technology companies.

Behrooz Abdi

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.

Izak Bencuya

Dr. Bencuya joined the Company as a Director in February 2009. Dr. Bencuya is a consultant in Energy and Power Management in Alternative Energy Application and was the CEO of Deeya Energy, a cleantech company dedicated to developing and manufacturing electrical energy storage systems, from 2008 to 2010. He worked for 13 yrs at National Semiconductor and Fairchild Semiconductor and was the Executive Vice President 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 ultra thin 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 $950M 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, an M.S. and Ph.D. 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 published extensively in the electronics field.

Pierre G. Guilbault

Pierre Guilbault was appointed to the Company's Board of Directors upon the acquisition of Sipex Corporation by the Company on August 25, 2007. Mr. Guilbault served as a member of Sipex's board of directors since September 2006. He has been with Future Electronics, the Company's largest distributor and an affiliate of the Company's largest stockholder, since 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.

Brian Hilton

Brian Hilton was appointed to the Company's Board of Directors upon the acquisition of Sipex Corporation by the Company on August 25, 2007. Mr. Hilton served as a member of Sipex's board of directors since July, 2004, and as the chairman of the board of directors of Sipex since 2006. He has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, 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's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS).

Richard L. Leza

Richard L. Leza joined the Company in October 2005 as a Director and was elected Chairman of the Board in September 2006. In February 2007, he was appointed interim Chief Executive Officer and President and served in this capacity through August 25, 2007. Again, in November 2011, he was appointed interim Chief Executive Officer and President and served in this capacity through January 2, 2012. He was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AI Research Corporation from 1988 to 2007. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CastaLink, Inc. Mr. Leza has held similar positions at NucleoTech Corporation and RMC Group, Inc. He was a Board member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Counsel and is Emeriti Director of the New Mexico State University Foundation. He is now a Board member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Mr. Leza earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University.

Gary Meyers

Gary Meyers joined the Company as a Director in May 2008. In April 2012, Mr. Meyers became President and Chief Executive Officer of FusionOps, a provider of cloud based business analytics for SAP. Mr. Meyers also serves on the board of directors of Oasys Design Systems, an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) firm. Mr. Meyers served as Vice President and General Manager, Synplicity Business Group of Synopsys, Inc., the leading supplier of EDA software from May 2008 through April 2010. Prior to its acquisition by Synopsys in May 2008, Mr. Meyers served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Synplicity, Inc., a public supplier of EDA tools serving the programmable logic market, since October 2004. Mr. Meyers' previous roles at Synplicity included President and Chief Operating Officer and Vice Presient of Wordwide Sales. Mr. Meyers has served on the board of directors of Mentor Graphics Corporation and on the board of directors of SpiraTech Limited, both EDA firms. He also held a number of different executive management positions at LSI Corporation. Mr. Meyers has an MBA from UCLA, and received his BSEE, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland.