Simon Segars, CEO, has been at the heart of transformational change in the technology industry for 25 years. He led the development of early Arm processors for the world’s first digital mobile phones and now spearheads Arm’s vision for smart and connected technologies that create better social, economic, education and health prospects for all. Before being appointed CEO in July 2013, Simon held several leadership positions within Arm’s engineering and business development teams. He lives in California’s Silicon Valley, but spends much of his time meeting leading influencers in the world’s technology hubs in the US, Europe and Asia.
Simon helped steer the company through the 2016 acquisition by SoftBank, and, in June 2017, was elected to serve on the SoftBank board. He also sits on the boards of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance, Techworks and is a non-executive director at Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Simon holds a number of patents in the field of embedded CPU design and earned his BEng in electronic engineering from the University of Sussex as well as an MSc in computer science from the University of Manchester.
Dr. Raik Brinkmann, co-founder of OneSpin Solutions, was named president and CEO in May 2012, with overall responsibility for leading the company and its business growth worldwide. He brings to this role more than 15 years of broad expertise in management, verification and industrial R&D, having served at companies in both Europe and the U.S.
Previously, as vice president of OneSpin’s software development, he successfully turned the company’s fundamental scientific and engineering innovations into state-of-the-art, award-winning EDA tools. Earlier, he was intimately involved in planning and implementing OneSpin’s spin-off from Infineon Technologies in 2005. Prior to OneSpin, Brinkmann worked in the formal verification group at Infineon Technologies in Munich. Previously, at Siemens, he conducted industrial research projects on formal verification at the company’s Corporate Research Labs in the U.S. and Germany. He began his career in the systems verification group at Siemens Public Communication Networks, and later focused on hardware emulation, formal verification and systems-on-a-chip design.
Dr. Raik Brinkmann holds a Diplom Informatiker (equivalent to a master’s degree in computer science) from the Clausthal Technical University, Germany and a Dr.-Ing. (equivalent to a Ph.D. degree) from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Since co-founding Synopsys in 1986, Aart has expanded Synopsys from a start-up synthesis company to a global high-tech leader. He has long been considered one of the world’s leading experts on logic synthesis and simulation, and frequently keynotes major conferences in electronics and design automation. Dr. de Geus has been widely recognized for his technical, business, and community achievements with multiple awards including Electronic Business Magazine’s “CEO of the Year,” the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal, the GSA Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame Award, and the SVLG Lifetime Achievement Award. He serves on the Boards of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Applied Materials, the Global Semiconductor Alliance, and the Electronic System Design Alliance.
Dean founded IC Manage in 2003, a company that he has helped expand to become the IC/SoC design and IP management technology leader. Dean was also founder, President and CEO of Barracuda Networks from 2003 to 2012, where he built and expanded Barracuda from a spam and virus firewall provider to a broad line enterprise technology company with more than 150,000 customers. Dean currently serves on Barracuda’s Board of Directors.
Dean was also the founder of Boldfish, a leading provider of enterprise messaging solutions that was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2003. Dean was also founder, President and CEO of Design Acceleration, Inc (DAI), a maker of superior design analysis and verification tools. Cadence Design Systems acquired DAI in 1998. Dean was also VP of Product Engineering at the 3DO Company and was instrumental in the development of the PowerPC architecture at Apple Computer. Dean received his BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.
David L. Dutton serves as Chief Executive Officer of Silvaco and is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He has also served as an advisory board director of solar company Sunpreme since 2013 and LED manufacturer Glo since 2014. Dutton serves as managing principal of business management consulting firms SemiEnergy and CEO to CEO and was an active member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Alliance of Chief Executives.
From 2001 to 2013, Dutton served as President, CEO and board director member of Mattson Technology, where he led the company’s turnaround to profitability and quadrupled the company’s total available market by expanding into new semiconductor and clean tech capital equipment markets. Prior to joining Mattson, Dutton held management, engineering and product positions at Silicon Valley technology companies, including Intel and Maxim Integrated Products. Dutton holds a B.S. in Geology from San Jose State University.
John K. Kibarian, Ph.D., one of the founders of PDF Solutions, has served as President since November 1991 and has served as Chief Executive Officer since July 2000. Dr. Kibarian has served as a director since December 1992. Dr. Kibarian received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. E.C.E. and a Ph.D. E.C.E. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Prakash Narain’s career spans IBM, AMD and Sun where he got hands on experience with all aspects of IC design, CAD tools design and methodology. He was the project leader for test and verification for UltraSPARC III at Sun Microsystems. He was an architect of the Mercury Design System at AMD. He has architected and developed CAD tools for test and verification for IBM EDA. Dr. Narain has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where his thesis focus was on algorithms for high level testing and verification.
Wally Rhines is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation with revenue of $1 billion in 2011. During his tenure at Mentor Graphics, revenue has more than tripled and Mentor has grown the industry’s number one market share solutions in four of the ten largest product segments of the EDA industry.
Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Rhines was Executive Vice President of Texas Instruments’ Semiconductor Group, sharing responsibility for TI’s Components Sector, and having direct responsibility for the entire semiconductor business with more than $5 billion of revenue and over 30,000 people.
During his 21 years at TI, Rhines managed TI’s thrust into digital signal processing and supervised that business from inception with the TMS 320 family of DSP’s through growth to become the cornerstone of TI’s semiconductor technology. He also supervised the development of the first TI speech synthesis devices (used in “Speak & Spell”) and is co-inventor of the GaN blue-violet light emitting diode (now important for DVD players and low energy lighting). He was President of TI’s Data Systems Group and held numerous other semiconductor executive management positions.
Rhines has served five terms as Chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium and is currently serving as co-vice chairman. He is also a board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation and First Growth Family & Children Charities. He has previously served as chairman of the Semiconductor Technical Advisory Committee of the Department of Commerce, as an executive committee member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Open Systems and as a board member of the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (CBEMA), SEMI-Sematech/SISA, Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC), University of Michigan National Advisory Council, Lewis and Clark College and SEMATECH.
Dr. Rhines holds a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, a master of business administration from Southern Methodist University and an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Nottingham Trent University.
Lip-Bu Tan has served as President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. since January 2009 and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since February 2004. He also serves as chairman of Walden International, a venture capital firm he founded in 1987. Prior to founding Walden, Tan was Vice President at Chappell & Co. and held management positions at EDS Nuclear and ECHO Energy.
He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) and the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA), as well as the boards of Ambarella Inc., SINA, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. He also serves on the Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and the College of Engineering Advisory Board at University of California Berkeley.
Tan received an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of San Francisco, and a B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore.
Robert (Bob) Smith is Executive Director of the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance. He is responsible for the management and operations of the ESD Alliance, an international association of companies providing goods and services throughout the semiconductor design ecosystem. Previously, Bob was senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Uniquify, responsible for brand development, positioning, strategy and business development activities. Bob began his career in high tech as an analog design engineer working at Hewlett Packard. Since then, he has spent more than 30 years in various roles in marketing, business development and executive management primarily working with startup and early stage companies. These companies include IKOS Systems, Synopsys, LogicVision, and Magma Design Automation. He was a member of the IPO teams that took Synopsys public in 1992 and Magma public in 2001. Bob received his BSEE from U.C. Davis and his MSEE from Stanford University.