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Management Team

Corporate Executives

 

Dr. Howard C. Yang

Chairman / CEO

Dr. Howard C. Yang is one of our founders and has served as our Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Prior to co-founding us, he was Vice President at Integrated Device Technology Inc., a semiconductor design company, from 2001 to 2004. In 1997, Dr. Yang co-founded Newave Semiconductor Corp., an integrated circuit design company located in China. In 2001, Newave merged into Integrated Device Technology Inc., which was ranked China's top ten mergers of the year by China Merger and Acquisitions Yearbook (2002). Prior to Newave, Dr. Yang held various positions at Shanghai Belling in Shanghai as well as National Semiconductor Corp., Chips and Technology Inc. and Pericom Semiconductor Corp. in Silicon Valley. He has been an IEEE Fellow since January 2010 and was selected into the National "Thousand Talents Program," a program organized by the Central Coordination Committee on the Recruitment of Talents in China to recruit top overseas scientists and back to China. He has received several awards for his work, including IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award and Magnolia Gold Award from the mayor of Shanghai for his pioneering contributions in China's integrated circuit design industry. Dr. Yang holds both master's and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University.

Stephen Tai

President

Mr. Stephen Tai is one of our founders and has served as a member of our board of directors and our President since our inception. Mr. Tai has over 18 years of experience in semiconductor architecture, design and engineering management. Prior to co-founding us, Mr. Tai was the Director of Engineering Research and Development and a founding core team member at Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a semiconductor company, from 1995 to 2003. Prior to Marvell, he was a senior design engineer at Sigmax Technology, a CD-ROM controller semiconductor company, from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Tai holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Leechung Yiu

CTO / Senior VP of Engineering

Dr. Leechung Yiu joined us in October 2008 as Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering. Dr. Yiu has over 25 years of product development experience in the integrated circuit design industry in a broad range of areas including storage, communication and multimedia applications. Before joining us, Dr. Yiu served as Vice President of Engineering at Trident Microsystems, Inc., a digital TV chipset manufacturer, from 2007 to 2008. Dr. Yiu also served as VP of Engineering at Shanghai Huahong International, an integrated device manufacturer, from 2005 to 2007, Sunext Technology Company Limited, a supplier of semiconductor products for Optical Disc Drive applications, from 2003 to 2005 and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, from 1999 to 2003. In 1997, Dr. Yiu co-founded Newave Semiconductor Corp., an integrated circuit design company in China, and served as its Vice President of Engineering from 1997 to 1999. Dr. Yiu received both Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.

Dr. Jinxiang (Gene) Liu

Senior Corporate VP / General Manager of Smart Entertainment Products

Dr. Gene Liu joined us in August 2014 as Vice President of Marketing (STB Products) and has served as Senior Corporate VP and General Manager of Smart Entertainment Products since July 2016. Dr. Liu has over 22 years of experience in product planning, sales, marketing, and engineering management in the electronics industry. Prior to joining us, he served as CEO at C2 Microsystems Inc. from 2006 to 2013. He was Sr. Vice President and General Manager at Digital Home Entertainment Division of Zoran Corporation from 2002 to 2006, Vice President and General Manager of Zoran Asia-Pacific from 2000 to 2002, and General Manager of Zoran China from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Liu holds Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Minnesota, and master’s degree in Physics from Chinese Academy of Sciences, BS from Peking University.

Bogu (Bob) Liang

VP of Corporate Strategy / Secretary of the Board

Mr. Bob Liang joined us in October 2015 as VP of Corporate Strategy and Secretary of the Board. Mr. Liang has over 12 years of experience in business management and financial investments. Before joining us, he served as an Investment Director from 2010 to 2015 at Shanghai Pudong Science And Technology Investment Co., Ltd. (PDSTI). He led the investment in the privatization of Montage, which was named “2014 China Cross-border Investment and M&A Golden Whistle Award”. Prior to PDSTI, he held various technology and marketing management positions at China Communications Services Corporation Limited (CCS). Mr. Liang holds an MBA degree from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and a bachelor’s degree from Hefei University of Technology (HFUT).

Executives of Data Center Products

 

Dr. Jack Gu

VP of Sales

Dr. Jack Gu joined us in February 2006 as Vice President of Sales. Dr. Gu has over 34 years of experience in sales, manufacturing and engineering management in the electronics industry. Prior to joining us, he was a member of the board of directors and Vice President at CEC-View Company Limited in Beijing, a video display company, from 2005 to 2006. Prior to CEC-View, he was the Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Shanghai Belling Co., Ltd, an integrated circuit IDM company, from 1998 to 2005. Dr. Gu holds both master's and Ph.D. degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Gang Shan

VP of Marketing

Mr. Gang Shan joined us in August 2005 as Director of Engineering, served as Director of Application/Marketing from 2010 to 2015, and Vice President of Marketing (Data Center Products) since 2015. Mr. Shan has over 16 years of experience in product planning, development, testing, engineering management and technical marketing in the high-speed and high-performance semiconductor industry. Prior to joining us, he worked as Design Manager at Integrated Device Technology Inc. from 2001 to 2005. He also worked as a Senior Design Engineer at Newave Semiconductor Corp., from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Shan holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing, China.

Dr. Zhongyuan Chang

VP of Engineering

Dr. Zhongyuan Chang joined us in June 2013 as a Vice President of Engineering (Data Center Products). Dr. Chang has over 23 years of experience in analog and mixed-signal product development and engineering management. Prior to joining us, he served as CTO at Shanghai Belling Co. Ltd., from 2010 to 2013. Prior to working at Belling, Dr. Chang served as Vice President at Integrated Device Technology Inc. and General Manager of IDT-Shanghai. Before returning to China, he was a Senior Engineer at Alcatel Inc. in Belgium. Dr. Chang served as an Information Technology Policy Committee member of the Data Converter Subcommittee of IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), from 2004 to 2009. He was an invited speaker at ISSCC in 2004. In addition, Dr. Chang has published over 20 technical articles in IEEE Journals and international conferences, including three papers at ISSCC. He is the first author of the monograph “Low Noise Wideband Amplifiers in Bipolar and CMOS Technology” (Kluwer Academic, 1990). Dr. Chang holds both master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Microelectronic Engineering from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

Seung Jin (SJ) Seo

VP of Engineering (Validation & Applications)

Mr. Seung Jin (SJ) Seo joined us in February 2012 as a Vice President of Engineering (Validation and Applications). Mr. Seo has more than 22 years of experience in memory module development. Prior to joining us, Mr. Seo served as a Principal Engineer at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a multinational electronics company, from 1989 to 2011, managing a memory module development team with responsibility for all aspects of memory module development. Mr. Seo has extensive experience with key server OEMs, and during his career has been involved in the development of JEDEC standards, module PCB design, verification and system validation testing. Mr. Seo received his bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from Inha University, Incheon, Korea.

Gang Shi

VP of Operations

Mr. Gang Shi joined us in August 2017 as VP of Operations (Data Center Products). Mr. Shi has over 25 years of microelectronics industry experience in quality management, operations, R&D, and marketing. Before joining us, he served as General Manager of Protection Products Business Unit (PP BU) of Discrete Products Group (DBG) and concurrently as China Marketing Director of DBG at Diodes Incorporated from 2013 to 2017. He successively held the positions of VP of Back-end Operations and General Manager of Business Unit No. 1 at BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited from 2004 to 2013. He served as Deputy General Manager at Newave Semiconductor Corp. and IDT-Newave Technology from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Shi holds a master’s degree in Microelectronics Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Semiconductor Physics from Fudan University.

Kenneth Chew

VP of Quality

Mr. Kenneth Chew joined us in March 2005 as a Vice President of Operations. From July 2017, Mr. Chew served as VP of Quality. Mr. Chew has over 20 years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing and engineering project management. Prior to joining us, he was the Director of Operations and founding team member at Marvell Asia Pte Ltd, a semiconductor company and subsidiary of Marvell Technology Group Ltd., in Singapore, from 1997 to 2005. Prior to Marvell, he held various engineering manufacturing and project management positions at Adaptec Singapore, a semiconductor company, from 1996 to 1997, and at Silicon Systems Singapore, a semiconductor company, from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Chew holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from University of Iowa, USA.

Phoebe Su

VP of Finance & Administration

Ms. Phoebe Su joined us in October 2007 as Financial Controller, and has served as Vice President of Finance & Administration since 2012. She has more than 15 years of experience in finance and accounting. Before joining us, she was Finance Controller of Dow Corning China, a provider of silicon products and services, from 2003 to 2007. Prior to that, she had worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian CPAs Limited Company, a registered public accounting firm, as an Audit Manager from 1995 to 2003. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information System from Fudan University.

Executives of Smart Entertainment Products

 

Shawn Si

VP of Engineering (STB Front-end Products)

Mr. Shawn Si is one of our founders and has served as a Vice President of Engineering (STB Front-end Products) since 2010, having previously served as Engineering Director since our inception. He has over 19 years of experience in developing high-performance analog, RF and mixed-signal semiconductor products. Prior to joining us, Mr. Si served as senior Member of the Technical Staff at Bigbear Networks, Inc. (acquired by Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.), a provider of transceivers and electronic dispersion compensation solutions for high speed networks, from 2001 to 2004, and a senior Member of Technical Staff of Datapath Systems Inc. (acquired by LSI Logic), a communications chip company, from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Si received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Hawaii and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China.

Derek Chang

VP of Engineering (SoC Products)

Mr. Derek Chang joined us in April 2017 as Vice President of Engineering (SoC Products). Mr. Chang has more than 25 years of experience in digital integrated circuit development. Prior to joining us, he served as Senior Director of Engineering at Marvell Technology Group Ltd., managing the mobile cellular phone/wireless global SoC design teams for over 11 years. Prior to Marvell, Mr. Chang worked in various sizes of companies in Silicon Valley, responsible for technology developments, including network security, 3D graphic and microprocessor design. Mr. Chang received his master degree in Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

Xuegong Liu

VP of Software Engineering

Mr. Xuegong Liu joined us in October 2007 as Software Engineering Director and has served as Vice President of Software Engineering since 2014. Mr. Liu has over 16 years of experience in embedded software development, software application engineering, software testing and management. Prior to joining us, he served as General Manager and Director of China Engineering, from 2006 to 2007, and Senior Manager of Codec Software Engineering, from 1999 to 2006, at Consumer Products Group of LSI Corp. (formerly C-Cube Microsystem Inc., a pioneer in digital video technology). Mr. Liu received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Xidian University, China.

Jun Wen

VP of Operations

Mr. Jun Wen joined us in September 2005 as Sr. Manager of Product Engineering, served as Director of Product Engineering from 2008 to 2011 and Sr. Director from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Wen served as Vice President of Operations (Smart Entertainment Products) since 2017. Mr. Wen has over 30 years of experience in the IC industry, including wafer process, IC design, ATE test, product engineering, failure analysis, and supply chain management. Prior to joining us, he worked as Sr. Manager of Product Engineering at IDT-Newave/Newave Semiconductor Corp. from 2000 to 2005. He also worked as Process Engineer, Design Engineer, Product Engineering Manager at Belling and Huajing from 1986 to 2000. Mr. Wen holds master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Southeast University and bachelor’s degree in semiconductor physics from Nanjing University, China.

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