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.

Steve Bakos
Senior Vice President, Sales

Steve Bakos was appointed senior vice president, sales in July 2012. Mr. Bakos has 25 years of experience in analog and mixed signal sales and marketing, including over 10 years of executive management experience. Prior to joining Exar, Mr. Bakos served as vice president of worldwide sales at Conexant Systems, which he joined in 2011. Previously, Mr. Bakos was vice president of sales at SiTime and senior vice president of marketing and sales at Active-Semi, which he joined in 2007. In 2002, he joined Xicor as vice president of worldwide sales until its acquisition by Intersil in July 2004. At Intersil, he was appointed vice president of sales for the Americas and global distribution 2004 to 2006.  Mr.Bakos spent 11 years at Linear Technology where he held various sales and marketing management positions. Bakos began his sales career at National Semiconductor. Bakos holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

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.

Shuen Chin Chang
President, iML Display and Lighting Products

Shuen Chang was appointed president, IML display and lighting products in August of 2014 following the acquisition of the Integrated Memory Logic Limited (IML), where he had served as president and CEO since 2011. Mr. Chang also served as a board member and held executive management and CTO positions at IML. Mr. Chang brings over 30 years of analog mixed-signal experience in the semiconductor market with expertise in the semiconductor memory, ASIC, optical disk drive, LED lighting, and high voltage analog and PMIC for TFT LCD display applications. Prior to IML, he was director of engineering at Samsung Semiconductor Inc. in San Jose. Mr. Chang joined Texas Instruments as a research and development engineer in 1981. Mr. Chang holds a BS in electrical engineering from Tatung Institute of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, and an M.S.E.E. from Arizona State University.

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.

Craig Lytle
Senior Vice President, System Solutions

Craig Lytle was appointed senior vice president, system solutions in April 2014 and is responsible for the data compression and security (DC&S) and video product lines. Mr. Lytle brings over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor market with expertise in the FPGA, processors, communications, and video market segments. Mr. Lytle joined Exar in January 2014 following the Stretch Inc. acquisition where he served as chief executive officer from 2006. Prior to Stretch, he was vice president systems engineering at Altera Corporation. During his 20-year tenure at Altera, Mr. Lytle held roles including vice president, IP business unit, senior director of product planning, director of applications engineering, and field applications engineer. Mr. Lytle holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in management engineering from Claremont McKenna College. Lytle holds over 20 patents. 

Daniel W. Wark
Vice President, Worldwide Operations

Dan Wark was appointed Vice President, Worldwide Operations in December 2014 after serving as Exar’s Division Vice President of Supply Chain Management since April 2012. Mr. Wark’s experience in manufacturing spans over 35 years.  During the 12 years immediately prior to joining Exar, he held the position of Vice President of Operations for both Amalfi Semiconductor Inc. and Volterra Semiconductor Corporation.  His career also includes various management positions at Pericom Semiconductor Corporation, Linear Technology Corporation, National Semiconductor Corporation, and Avantek.  Mr. Wark is currently Chairman of the GSA Supply Chain Committee and 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.