Exar Delivers

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

Management Team

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.

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.