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 was a business advisor with the Enterprise Ireland funded, Stanford University program entitled “Strategic Leadership for CFOs.” Mr. McManamon 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. From May 2005 to August 2011, Mr. McManamon served as a partner of Atlantic Bridge, an investment company. In September 2011, he was appointed chairman of Atlantic Bridge. In December 2012, he completed his second five year term as a board member of The National Development Finance Agency, and as a member of the Audit Committee of the National Treasury Management Agency, appointments made by the Irish Government. He also served as a director of Openmind Networks, Ltd., a provider of SMS and MMS router solutions for mobile and wholesale operators until September 2017.
Mr. Ayalon served as chairman of our board of directors from November 2002 to February 2004 and has served as a member of our board of directors since November 1999. Mr. Ayalon also served as our chief executive officer from November 1999 to January 2001. He currently is the chief executive officer of E.E. Ayalon Assets Ltd. Mr. Ayalon served as president and chief executive officer of DSP Group, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed 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 and chair of the audit committee of the board of directors of BioView Ltd., a biotech company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, a member of the board of governors of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and a member of the board of governors of the University of Ariel in Israel.
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.
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 is the founder and owner 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. Currently Mr. Nilsson serves as a member of the board of directors of MagleChemoswed AB, a Swedish medical device developer and manufacturer. Mr. Nilsson has a long tenure of board service with listed companies and government organizations, including AssaAbloy AB, the worldwide securities and locks company (2001-2015), SprintNextel Corporation (2008-2013), Swedish ICT Research AB, an industrial research institute (Chair 2003-2009), The (Swedish) Public Service Broadcasting Foundation (Chair 2003-2011) and The Swedish Defence Materiel Authority (Chair 2012-2017). He also is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.
Mr. Silver has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2002. He is currently a corporate advisor and serves as Managing Director of Alba Capital S. A. and Wicklow Corp., private holding investment companies. From April 2005 until April 2015, Mr. Silver was a principal at RP Capital Group, an alternative investment firm focused on investment opportunities in EEMEA. Mr. Silver was a director of DSP Group until May 2012, and director of Scopus Video Networks Ltd., a former NASDAQ-listed company, until December 2008.
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 34 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.
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. Ms. Andrietti enjoyed a successful thirty plus year career with Intel Corporation, holding various executive positions, most recently as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the EMEA region from March 2013 to October 2019. She also served as Intel’s EMEA Lead for Diversity and Inclusion from 2015 to 2019.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.
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.