Management Team

Ryan A. Benton

Ryan A. Benton

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Ryan A. Benton was promoted to CEO and a member of the Board of Directors in May 2016 after having served as senior vice president and chief financial officer since December 2012. Mr. Benton has over 25 years of finance, business, and operational experience, 16 of which have been in senior management positions. Mr. Benton’s experience includes a range of leadership positions at companies such as ASMI International NV, eFunds, SoloPower, and Synapsense. Mr. Benton started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. after receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas. Mr. Benton currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pivotal Systems, Inc.

Hung P. Le

Hung P. Le

Senior Vice President of IC Engineering

Hung P. Le was appointed senior vice president of IC engineering in February 2016. Mr. Le has over 33 years of experience in technology, IC design, and manufacturing roles. He most recently served as senior director of operations at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) in San Jose, CA from September 2010 to January 2013. Before IDT, Mr. Le served as vice president of central engineering and product development at Exar for three years and before that served as its vice president of technology. Prior to 1995, Mr. Le held various technical management positions at PMC-Sierra, Zoran and Trilogy Corporation. He began his career as a semiconductor device physicist at Texas Instruments of Dallas, TX, after receiving his BSEE and MSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA in 1982. During the course of his career, Mr. Le has received ten US patent awards in the field of process technology, semiconductor devices and circuits.

Sherry Lin

Sherry Lin

Chief Accounting Officer

Sherry Lin was appointed Chief Accounting Officer in May, 2016, after having been appointed Corporate Controller in February, 2013.  Prior to that appointment, she served as Exar’s Assistant Controller and Director of Accounting – a position she held since April 2012. Previously, Ms. Lin was Assistant Controller at Zoran Corporation. Prior to Zoran Corporation, Ms. Lin spent over five years at Deloitte & Touche, LLP where she held a variety of senior roles. Ms. Lin received her B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles.

James Lougheed

James Lougheed

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

James Lougheed was appointed senior vice president for sales and marketing in February 2016. 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.

Keith Tainsky

Keith Tainsky

Chief Financial Officer

Keith Tainsky was promoted to chief financial officer in May 2016 after having served as senior director of finance since March 2015. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Tainsky was director of finance for Amkor Technology, a leading provider of contract semiconductor assembly and test services. Prior to Amkor, Mr. Tainsky held senior-level positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Insight Enterprises, and ASM International NV.  Mr. Tainsky started his career at Motorola Semiconductor, and has spent almost 10 years with several of the Big 5 Accounting firms.  He has over 25 years of experience in finance, operations and management consulting. Mr. Tainsky holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Arizona University.

Daniel W. Wark

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.

Jessica Wu

Jessica Wu

Legal Counsel

Jessica Wu became Exar’s Legal Counsel following the acquisition of Integrated Memory Logic Limited (“iML”) in August 2014, where she had served as Corporate Counsel and Secretary since 2011. She has also served as Corporate Secretary of Exar since February 2015. Ms. Wu has experience with Taiwanese and US companies and helping them maintain their public status and experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to iML, she worked at Thoits, Love, Hershberger and McLean, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and clerked for Judge McAdams at the Sixth District Federal Court of Appeals. Ms. Wu holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.