Robert I. Chen has been a director of our company since November 2013. Mr. Chen founded several technology companies, including RAE Systems, Inc., a provider of rapidly deployable connected, intelligent gas and radiation detection systems, where Mr. Chen served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception in 1991 until it was acquired by Honeywell, Inc. in June 2013. Prior to founding RAE Systems, Mr. Chen founded Applied Optoelectronic Technology, a manufacturer of computer-aided test systems. He served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Applied Optoelectronic Technology from 1981 to 1991. In 1991, Applied Optoelectronic Technology was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Mr. Chen served as Division General Manager at Hewlett Packard from 1991 to 1993. Prior to founding Applied Optoelectronic Technology, Mr. Chen held various engineering and management positions at General Motors, General Electric, Tektronix and Fairchild Semiconductor. Mr. Chen received a B.S.E.E. from Taiwan National Cheng Kung University, an M.S.E.E. from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and an Advanced Engineering degree from Syracuse University. He also completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard School of Business. Mr. Chen’s extensive experience and background in establishing and managing technology-based public companies, as well as his experience in leading strategic transactions by major technology companies, provide the Board with valuable insight and expertise.
King Owyang, Ph.D., has been a director of our company since April 2013. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Computime Group Limited, a Hong Kong listed company and a leading global provider of electronic control technologies. Prior to joining Computime, Dr. Owyang held various positions at Siliconix Inc., a U.S. semiconductor company, for over 21 years, including the President and Chief Executive Officer. He was instrumental in leading Siliconix to become a highly profitable company with industry leading products. Under his leadership and management, Siliconix established itself as the world leader in power switching and management products and its sales grew to a record level in 2008. Prior to joining Siliconix, Dr.Owyang held various technical and managerial positions at General Electric Company, where he was responsible for developing many enabling semiconductor technologies. Dr. Owyang is a recognized leader in the power semiconductor industry. He has published over 20 technical papers and has been awarded more than 25 patents. Dr. Owyang’s broad experience in the power semiconductor industry, including his background in leadership positions at major technology companies, as well as his knowledge in the technical and operational aspects of semiconductor companies, provide the Board with an in-depth understanding of our business and operations.
Michael L. Pfeiffer has been a director of our company since January 2014. Mr. Pfeiffer currently serves on the board of directors of Razer, Inc., a computer peripherals company. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Pfeiffer served as a member of the board of directors of BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited, a company listed on NASDAQ until it was acquired in 2013. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Pfeiffer served as a member of the board of directors of Integrated Memory Logic, Ltd., a semiconductor company listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange until it was acquired in 2014. Mr. Pfeiffer is a certified public accountant in California and Oregon, and he has extensive experience in public accounting, having worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for over 30 years, including 18 years as an audit partner of high technology companies in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Pfeiffer received an MBA from the University of Oregon and a BA from Eckerd College in Florida. Mr. Pfeiffer’s extensive experience and expertise in the area of finance, accounting and auditing of publicly traded companies in the semiconductor industry, and his knowledge and background in working with companies with international operations, make him a valuable member of our Board, particularly in its role of exercising oversight and risk management of the Company’s financial reporting process.
Michael J. Salameh has been a director of our company since November 2013. Mr. Salameh co-founded PLX Technology, Inc., a semiconductor company (PLXT), in May 1986 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2008. Mr. Salameh also served as a member of the Board of Directors of PLXT since its inception until it was acquired in August 2014. During his tenure at PLXT, Mr. Salameh personally participated in many of the key company functions including sales, marketing, engineering, accounting, and operations. From 1980 through 1986, Mr. Salameh was employed in various marketing management positions with Hewlett-Packard Company. Mr. Salameh currently performs management consulting for private technology companies. Mr. Salameh received a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Salameh’s chief executive and marketing experience in the semiconductor industry, and his knowledge of the semiconductor business landscape, including customers, markets, suppliers and competition, provide the Board with critical understanding of our business and operations.