Committee Overview

ESD Alliance committees provide the forum for member companies to address issues of common concern. These issues include export and government related issues, licensing and prevention of software piracy, interoperability and operating systems, and others. The committees are chaired and staffed by subject matter experts from member companies, with the support of the ESD Alliance board of directors. 

ESD Alliance member companies are encouraged to participate on these committees to influence and stay abreast of these industry initiatives. If your company would like to have an impact on any of our current committees, or would like to suggest other areas of common interest be addressed by the ESD Alliance, please contact us .


Larry Disenhof


Committee Charter: Supports the interests of EDA in matters pertaining to product export.
Committee Chair: Larry Disenhof, Group Director, Export Compliance and Government Relations, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Board Sponsor:  
John Harms

License Management and Antipiracy (LMA)

Committee Charter: An industry forum to identify and solve software licensing and piracy problems common to EDA vendors and their mutual customers.
Committee Chair: John Harms, Manager, Licensing/Installation Technology, Mentor Graphics.
Board Sponsor: Dean Drako , President & CEO, IC Manage
Stephanie Chou


Committee Charter: Drives EDA standards and quality for the benefit of the industry.
Committee Chair: Stephanie Chou, R&D Manager, Software Infrastructure, Licensing, Builds & Releases, Data Analysis and Visualization, EEsof EDA Division, Keysight Technologies .
Board Sponsor: Lip-Bu Tan , President and CEO, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Paul Cohen

Market Statistics Service (MSS)

Committee Charter: Generates the quarterly EDA revenue report available to subscribers.
Committee Chair: Paul Cohen, Member of the Technical Staff, ESD Alliance
Board Sponsor: Walden Rhines , CEO & Chairman of the Board, Mentor Graphics Corporation
Steve Pollock

Emerging Companies Committee

Committee Charter: Promotes the interests of companies whose annual revenue is less than $5M
Committee Chair: Steve Pollock, VP, Marketing and Sales, AiPac, Inc.
Board Sponsor:  
Herb Reiter
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System Scaling

Committee Charter: Enabling cooperation for modeling, design, manufacturing, and test to unlock the potential of heterogeneous Multi-Die integration.
Committee Chair: Herb Reiter, President, eda 2 asic
Board Sponsor:  
Graham Bell

Tradeshow Liaison

Committee Charter: Represents the interests of EDA companies at the DAC (USA) and DATE (Europe) tradeshows.
Committee Chair: Graham Bell
Board Sponsor: John Kibarian , President & CEO, PDF Solutions