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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 us, 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 Synapsense Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) energy efficiency products, located in Folsom, California. Mr. DiNardo also is Chairman of the Board of Directors of SoloPower Inc, a manufacturer of thin-film solar cells and flexible solar modules, located in San Jose, California. 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, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Steve Bakos was appointed Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing in July of 2012. Mr. Bakos has nearly 25 years of experience in analog and mixed signal sales and marketing, including over 10 years of executive management experience. Mr. Bakos began his sales career at National Semiconductor. Mr. Bakos spent the next 11 years at Linear Technology where he held various sales and marketing management positions. In 2002, he joined Xicor as Vice President of Worldwide Sales until the company was acquired by Intersil in July of 2004. At Intersil, he was appointed Vice President of Sales for the Americas and Global Distribution 2004 until 2006. Mr. Bakos spent the next several years as Vice President of Sales and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for SiTime and Active-Semi, respectively. Prior to joining Exar, Mr. Bakos served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Conexant Systems. Mr. Bakos holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Bob Beachler
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Business Development

Robert K. (Bob) Beachler joined Exar in January 2014 as Vice President of Marketing and Systems Design of Processor Products following the Stretch Inc. acquisition, and was named Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Business Development in April 2014. A long-time veteran of the semiconductor industry, he has broad experience across all facets of marketing and corporate business development disciplines in both start-up and public company environments. Mr. Beachler joined Stretch in May 2006 as Vice President of Marketing, and prior to joining Stretch he was with Altera Corporation for over 15 years. While at Altera, he led successful worldwide product launches that broke awareness records for FPGA products and software; led new product architecture development for the industry's best-selling programmable logic family and design automation tools; and held titles including Senior Director of the Intellectual Property Business Unit, Senior Director of Business Development, Senior Director of Software Tools Marketing, and Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications. Early in his Altera career he led product planning and applications engineering teams. Mr. Beachler received a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University (Columbus), has served on the board of directors for the Virtual Socket Initiative Alliance and has been a board observer for a number of start-up semiconductor and EDA 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 of 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Benton was Chief Financial Officer of SynapSense Corporation located in Folsom, California, a private venture backed company serving the Data Center Infrastructure Management market. Prior to SynapSense, from February 2007 until May 2012, Mr. Benton was Chief Financial Officer of SoloPower Inc, a manufacturer of thin-film solar cells and flexible solar modules, located in San Jose, California. From November 2004 until 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, where he supported acquisitions and integration process. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for PB Unlimited, an advertising specialty manufacturer located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, from April 2002 through November 2004. Mr. Benton served as corporate controller for eFunds, which was a public company located in Scottsdale, Arizona that provides information technology solutions for the financial service industry, where he was employed from September 2000 until March 2002. Mr. Benton received his B.A. from the University of Texas.

Parviz Ghaffaripour
Senior Vice President & General Manager

Parviz Ghaffaripour joined Exar as Senior Vice President, Connectivity and Power Management Products in May of 2013 and was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager in November of 2013. He brings over 29 years of analog mixed-signal experience to Exar. Mr. Ghaffaripour most recently served as CEO of Akros Silicon, a privately funded power management company located in Sunnyvale, California. Prior to Akros, he was Chief Operating Officer at Advanced Analogic Technologies which was acquired by Skyworks. Mr. Ghaffaripour has held technical and executive management roles at Maxim Integrated Products and National Semiconductor. Mr. Ghaffaripour began his career at Exar in 1984. He earned his B.S.E.E. at the University of California, Berkeley and his M.S.E.E. at Santa Clara University, and executive degrees in Business Administration at Stanford University and Western Ontario.

Diane Hill
Vice President, Human Resources

Diane Hill was appointed Vice President, Human Resources in April of 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 us 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 (EDA), 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 BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Carlos A. Laber
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Research and Development

Carlos Laber was appointed Senior Vice President, Worldwide Research and Development in February of 2012. Mr. Laber has over 30 years of experience in analog and mixed-signal technology and product development. Prior to his appointment at Exar, Mr. Laber served as Senior Director of Product Development at ON Semiconductor and led the power management development efforts in Santa Clara, California. Mr. Laber was at ON Semiconductor for almost three years. Mr. Laber previously served for two years as Intersil's Vice President of Worldwide Technology, and before that, two years as Intersil's Vice President of Engineering for the Power Management Group. He joined Intersil after the acquisition of Xicor Incorporated, where he served for two years as Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Laber came to Xicor from Micrel Semiconductor where he was the Vice President of Engineering for the Analog and RF Product group for more than two years. Prior to Micrel, Mr. Laber served at Micro Linear for 16 years, where he was Vice President of Engineering. Before Micro Linear, Mr. Laber was at National Semiconductor and Intel Corporation where he had increasingly more senior design engineering and management roles. Mr. Laber holds a BSEE degree in Electromechanical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and an MSEE degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Craig Lytle
Senior Vice President of System Solutions

Craig Lytle joined Exar in January 2014 as the Senior Vice President of System Products following the Stretch Inc. acquisition, and became Senior Vice President of SOC Solutions in April 2014. He brings over 25 years of experience in the FPGA and programmable logic industry where he led change within his previous company, Altera Corporation, at many different points in its history. Altera was the first company to design and market reprogrammable logic devices and is now a market leader in the FPGA industry. Mr. Lytle is skilled at recognizing and bringing to market innovative new technologies allied with a reputation for getting things done, this alongside a breadth and depth of experience that is unusual in today's semiconductor industry. His most recent position at Altera was Vice President of System Engineering, where he was responsible for the company's IP, system-level tools, and end-market solutions. This included overseeing the company's embedded processing technology and solutions, and founding their Intellectual Property (IP) Business Unit. As head of that business unit, he created and drove the company's embedded and IP strategies including building an industry leading IP portfolio, creating an innovative soft-core embedded processor solution, cultivating multiple partnership programs and expanding the division into a worldwide organization. Mr. Lytle joined Altera as an Applications Engineer in 1986, the early days of the programmable logic industry. From there he became Altera's first Field Application Engineer (FAE) and then rose through the sales, engineering, product planning, marketing and executive ranks. Mr. Lytle holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BA in Management Engineering from Claremont McKenna College.

Thomas R. Melendrez
General Counsel, Secretary and Senior Vice President, Business Development

Thomas R. Melendrez joined us in April of 1986 as our Corporate Attorney. He was promoted to Director, Legal Affairs in July 1991, and again to Corporate Vice President, Legal Affairs in March 1993. In March 1996, he was promoted to Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and in June 2001, he was appointed Secretary. In April 2003, he was promoted to General Counsel, Secretary and Vice President of Business Development and in July 2005, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Development. During his tenure Mr. has various positions with the Company.  Mr. Melendrez  has over 30 years of legal experience in the semiconductor and related industries and he received a BA from the University of Notre Dame, a JD from University of San Francisco and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Todd Smathers
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations

Todd Smathers was appointed Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations in March of 2012. Mr. Smathers has over 40 years of experience in analog and mixed-signal technology and product development. He served as Vice President of Operations at Intersil Corporation and Xicor, Incorporated, which was acquired by Intersil in 2004. Prior to joining Xicor, Mr. Smathers was General Manager of the Mixed Signal Business Unit at Linear Technology Corporation where he had previously served in a variety of management and executive roles since the company's founding in 1981. Mr. Smathers holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Clemson University.