Delivering highly differentiated silicon, software and subsystem solutions for industrial, datacom and storage applications.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Pierre G. Guilbault
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 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.
Richard L. Leza
Richard L. Leza became a director of the Company in October 2005 and was elected Chairman of the Board in September 2006. He was appointed as the acting Chief Executive Officer and President (Interim) of the Company in February 2007, and he served in that position until August 2007. In November 2011, Mr. Leza was appointed interim Chief Executive Officer and President and served in this capacity until January 2, 2012. Mr. Leza was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AI Research Corporation, an early stage venture capital firm specializing in the areas of business-to-business software, information technology, medical devices and medical analytical software applications. Mr. Leza served in such position, which was his principal occupation and employment, from 1988 to 2007. He was also the co-founder, past Chairman and past President of Hispanic-Net, a non-profit organization. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Leza was the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CastaLink, Inc., a provider of a web-based supply chain collaboration solution. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Leza served as co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NucleoTech Corporation, an application software company focused on digital image-driven analytical DNA software solutions. From 1982 to 1988, he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RMC Group, Inc., which provided management and research services for public and private technology companies. Mr. Leza was a board member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council from 2001 to 2007 and is Emeriti Director of the New Mexico State University Foundation Board. Mr. Leza served as a director of AI Research Corporation from 1988 to 2008. Mr. Leza is now a member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. He is a three time member of Hispanic Business Magazine’s top 100 influential Hispanics in the United States. He is the author of various publications, writing on topics such as exporting, venture capital and developing business plans. Mr. Leza earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University. Among other qualifications, Mr. Leza brings financial expertise as well as a valuable and different perspective due to his broad technology background and experience in venture capital to the Board of Directors.
Gary Meyers became a director of the Company in May 2008. In April 2012, Mr. Meyers became President and Chief Executive Officer, and member of the board of directors of FusionOps, a provider of cloud based supply chain analytics solutions. Mr. Meyers served as Vice President and General Manager, Synplicity Business Group of Synopsys, Inc., a leading supplier of EDA software 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 company supplying EDA tools for the programmable logic market, 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, an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) firm 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.