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.

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, 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. 

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

Thomas R. Melendrez was appointed general counsel, secretary, and senior vice president, business development, in July 2005. Mr. Melendrez has over 30 years of legal experience in the semiconductor and related industries. In April 2003, he was appointed to general counsel, secretary and vice president of business development. Previously, in June 2001, he was appointed Secretary of the company. In March 1996, he was promoted to corporate vice president, general counsel. In March 1993, he was named corporate vice president, legal affairs. Previously he was promoted to director of legal affairs in July 1991. Mr. Melendrez joined Exar in April of 1986 as a corporate attorney. Mr. Melendrez received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a J.D. from University of San Francisco and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Todd Smathers
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations

Todd Smathers was appointed senior vice president, worldwide operations in March 2012. Smathers has over 40 years of experience in analog and mixed-signal technology and product development. Previously, 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 served in a variety of management and executive roles since the company’s founding in 1981. Mr. Smathers holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University.