Exar Delivers

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

Management Team

Richard L. Leza
Chairman of the Board, interim President and CEO

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.

Ryan A. Benton
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ryan A. Benton was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer in December 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Benton was chief financial officer of SynapSense Corporation, a private venture-backed company. Prior to SynapSense, from February 2007 to May 2012, Mr. Benton was chief financial officer of SoloPower Inc, a manufacturer of thin-film solar cells and flexible solar modules. From November 2004 to February 2007, Mr. Benton served as a financial consultant for the United States subsidiary of ASM International NV in Phoenix, Arizona, a semiconductor capital equipment company. He also served as chief financial officer for PB Unlimited, an advertising specialty manufacturer from April 2002 through November 2004. Mr. Benton served as corporate controller for eFunds, which was a public company that provides information technology solutions for the financial service industry, where he was employed from September 2000 to March 2002. Mr. Benton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.

Diane Hill
Vice President, Human Resources

Diane Hill was appointed vice president, human resources in April 2010. With over 30 years of human resources experience, including 20 in the semiconductor industry, Ms. Hill is responsible for developing and implementing all global and regional human resources policies and programs at Exar. Since joining Exar in September 2000, Ms. Hill has held various senior human resources positions prior to her current role, including division vice president, director and senior manager. Previously, Ms. Hill held various management positions at Daisy Systems Corporation, a manufacturer of computer hardware and software for electronic design automation, from October 1987 to April 1990 and Teledyne MEC, a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies, Inc., from August 1979 to October 1987. Ms. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Daniel W. Wark
Vice President, Worldwide Operations

Daniel W. Wark was appointed vice president, worldwide operations in December 2014.  Mr. Wark joined Exar in April of 2012 as division vice president of supply chain management.  With over 35 years of manufacturing experience, he has held executive and management positions at Linear Technology Corporation, National Semiconductor Corporation, Volterra Semiconductor, Amalfi Semiconductor, Pericom Semiconductor and Avantek. Mr. Wark holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Jose State University.

James Lougheed
Vice President, Component Products

James Lougheed was appointed vice president for component products in December 2014. Mr. Lougheed joined Exar in April 2008 as vice president and managing director for Asia Pacific and held the position of vice president for power management and analog mixed signal products from January 2012 to December 2014. Mr. Lougheed brings over 20 years of experience in the technology industry from end systems, component distribution and semiconductor marketing. Prior to Exar, he was director of marketing and business development at Cirrus Logic. He also held positions as director of marketing at Apexone Microelectronics and senior technical sales director at Future Electronics. Mr. Lougheed has a degree in electronics engineering and a master’s in business administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.