Peter McManamon – Chairman
Mr. McManamon has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2003 and has served as chairman of our board since May 2005. He served as chief financial officer of Parthus Technologies plc from 1993 until March 2001, executive vice president of corporate development of Parthus Technologies plc from March 2001 until November 2002, a member of the board of directors of Parthus Technologies plc from 1993 until November 2002, and was one of the co-founders of Parthus Technologies plc. Since May 2005, Mr. McManamon has served as a venture partner of Atlantic Bridge Ventures, an investment company. He also serves as a director of the National Development Finance Agency, an appointment by the Irish Government, and Openmind Networks, Ltd., a provider of SMS and MMS router solutions for mobile and wholesale operators. We believe Mr. McManamon’s qualifications to sit on our board include his extensive knowledge of our company, products, and strategies through his early involvement with Parthus Technologies, his financial expertise, and his executive management and corporate strategy skills.
Mr. Ayalon has served as a member of our board of directors since November 1999. Mr. Ayalon previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DSP Group, Inc., a publicly traded fabless semiconductor company, from April 1996 until April 2005 and from January 2007 to July 2009. Mr. Ayalon also served as a member of the board of directors of DSP Group from April 1996 to May 2013 and as the Chairman of the board of directors of DSP Group from January 2000 to June 2013. Mr. Ayalon is a director of BioView Ltd., a biotech company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and also a member of the board of governors of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. We believe Mr. Ayalon’s qualifications to sit on our board include his years of executive experience in the high technology and semiconductor industries, his deep understanding of our company acquired during the 15 plus years of service on our board and his board experience at public and private companies within the semiconductor industry.
Mr. Limon has served as a member of our board of directors since November 1999. Since 1999, Mr. Limon has been a general partner at Magma Venture Capital, a consulting and investment advisory firm. From 2006 to June 2013, Mr. Limon was a general partner of Rimon Investment Fund, a consulting and investment advisory firm. He served as chairman of Limon Holdings Ltd., a consulting and investment advisory firm, from October 1993 to July 2000. Mr. Limon was a director of DSP Group from 1999 to 2013, Tefron Ltd, a Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange-listed apparel company, from 2008 to 2013, and various private companies. We believe Mr. Limon’s qualifications to sit on our board include his years of experience providing strategic and investment advisory services to companies, his understanding of our company acquired during the 15 plus years of service on our board and his board and experience at public and private companies.
Mr. Nilsson has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2002. He served as a member of the board of directors of Parthus Technologies plc from March 2000 until November 2002. Mr. Nilsson has been the Chief Executive Officer of RIPASSO AB since August 1999. Between 1982 and 1999 he held various positions with The Ericsson Group, the telecommunications equipment supplier, including president, Ericsson Radio Systems (Sweden), vice president, Mobile Switching Systems, executive vice president, Cellular Systems-American Standards, and, from 1998, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Nilsson also serves as a director of ASSA Abloy AB, a global locks and security corporation, and Sprint Nextel Corporation. Until March 2009, Mr. Nilsson served as chairman of the board of directors of Swedish ICT Research AB, an industrial research institute. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of the (Swedish) Public Service Broadcasting Foundation, and is also a Member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. We believe Mr. Nilsson’s qualifications to sit on our board include his executive management roles at The Ericsson Group and his directorship at Sprint Nextel Corporation, as well as his extensive knowledge of our sales channels, competitors, and end markets.
Mr. Silver has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2002. He is a principal of RP Capital Group, an alternative investment firm focused on investment opportunities in EEMEA and has served as an advisor to RP Capital Group since April 2005. From January 2005 until January 2006, he acted as a private banking consultant. From August 2002 until April 2005, he acted as a legal and business development advisor to companies and individuals. From September 1996 until June 2002, he served as an advisor and counsel to Discount Bank & Trust Company. Mr. Silver is also a member of the board of directors of DSP Group, Inc. He was a director of Scopus Video Networks Ltd., a former NASDAQ-listed company, until December 2008. We believe Mr. Silver’s qualifications to sit on our board include his financial expertise, his years of experience providing strategic and investment advisory services to companies and his public company experience by being a board member of DSP Group, a semiconductor company.
Mr. Wertheizer has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2010. He has held the position of our Chief Executive Officer since May 2005. Mr. Wertheizer has 26 years of experience in the semiconductor and Silicon Intellectual Property (SIP) industries. He previously served as our executive vice president and general manager of the DSP business unit. Prior to joining us in November 2002, Mr. Wertheizer held various executive positions at DSP Group, Inc., including such roles as executive vice president – strategic business development, vice president for marketing and vice president of VLSI design. Mr. Wertheizer holds a BsC for electrical engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel and executive MBA from Bradford University in the United Kingdom. We believe Mr. Wertheizer’s qualifications to sit on our board include his years of executive experience in the high technology and semiconductor industries, as well as his deep understanding of our company, people and products acquired as our Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Marced joined our board of directors in December 2016. She is President of TSMC Europe BV., with responsibility for driving the development, strategy and management of TSMC’s business in Europe. Before joining TSMC, Maria was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Marketing at NXP Semiconductors/Philips Semiconductors. Maria joined Philips Semiconductor in September 2003 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Connected Multimedia Solutions Business Unit overseeing Philips’ semiconductor solutions for connected consumer applications. Previous to her work with Philips, Maria was employed at Intel where she developed her professional career for more than 19 years, reaching the top position in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region as Vice President and General Manager. She currently serves as Chairwoman of the EMEA Leadership Council of the GSA (Global Semiconductor Alliance).
Ms. Bernadette Andrietti joined our board of directors in October 2019. As Vice President of the Sales and Marketing Group for Intel EMEA, Ms. Andrietti has more than 30 years’ experience leading marketing and sales programs, product positioning and launch management, insights and marketing research, advertising, media, sales channels and promotional campaigns, as well as technical marketing for Intel. Prior to her most recent position with Intel, Ms. Andrietti headed Intel’s European sales territory, responsible for growing demand, revenues and Intel brand preference amongst the 500 million population across Europe. She currently serves on the Board of Cercle InterElles association, a leadership network of 15 companies in the technology and science fields dedicated to closing the gender gap in these fields and to promoting women leadership; last year among others topics, Cercle InterElles focused on Artificial Intelligence. Bernadette has been Intel’s EMEA Lead for Diversity and Inclusion for the last four years.
Ms. Liu is a senior Partner at Morrison & Foerster, an international law firm, and has more than 20 years of experience in advising public companies on corporate governance matters, M&A strategies and China matters. She serves as outside general counsel to a number of public companies and provides big picture, critical value-adding strategic advice. She formerly served as co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Corporate Department of over 400 lawyers. Ms. Liu graduated from Harvard Law School. She grew up in Shanghai, China and is a fluent Mandarin speaker.