Steven Nasiri is the founder of InvenSense and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since our inception in 2003. Prior to founding InvenSense, Mr. Nasiri held various positions as a co-founder and executive of several MEMS companies, including SenSym (acquired by Honeywell), NovaSensor (acquired by General Electric), Integrated Sensor Solutions (acquired by Texas Instruments) and ISS-Nagano GmbH. He also held key management and operations positions at several semiconductor companies, including National Semiconductor, Fairchild Semiconductor and Maxim Integrated Products. Mr. Nasiri is an inventor in over 50 patents and patent applications, and has authored many published papers and articles on MEMS technology.
Mr. Nasiri earned an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
We believe Mr. Nasiri’s qualifications to sit on our board of directors include the fact that, as our founder, Mr. Nasiri is uniquely familiar with the business, structure, culture and history of our company and that he also brings to the board of directors considerable expertise based on his management and technical experience in the MEMS industry.
Amit Shah has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2004. As a Managing Member of Artiman Management since 2000, he is also currently on the boards of Auryn Inc., Lightwire, Inc., Zyme Solutions, MYNDnet, AbsolutelyNew, Inc., Guavus, Inc., Mastek, Motif, Inc. and ConvergeLabs.
Prior to founding Artiman Management, Mr. Shah founded Anthelion I & II, seed stage venture funds, which he has managed since 1996. From 1998 to 2000, he worked as Vice President of New Markets and Technologies for the Business Development and Alliances Group of Cisco Systems, Inc., a consumer electronics company, and he founded and was Chief Executive Officer of PipeLinks, Inc., an optical network company, until its acquisition by Cisco Systems in 1998. Mr. Shah also founded ZeitNet, a networking systems company, which was acquired by Cabletron Systems in 1996.
Mr. Shah holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India and has done graduate work at the University of California, Irvine.
We believe Mr. Shah’s qualifications to sit on our board of directors include his understanding of our company acquired during his years of service on our board of directors, his experience serving as a director of various technology companies and his perspective gained as a venture capital investor.
Tim Wilson has served on our board of directors since April 2004. As a Partner of Partech International, LLC, which he joined in 2001, he is also currently on the boards of Acco Semiconductor, Array Converter, Five9, Prysm Inc. (formerly Spudnik) and LEDEngin, Inc. Between 1998 and 2001, he was the Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Island, a Partech portfolio company. From 1996 to 1998, he was a General Manager at Lucent Technology. From 1983 to 1996, he held a variety of senior management positions within AT&T (North America and Australia) and AT&T Bell Labs.
Mr. Wilson graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College receiving his undergraduate degree in Physics. He received his M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.
We believe Mr. Wilson’s qualifications to sit on our board of directors include his years of service on our board, his experience with capital markets and his perspective gained in management of and service as a board member of various companies in the communications and components industries.
Yunbei “Ben” Yu, Ph.D. has served on our board of directors since March 2008. Dr. Yu also currently serves on the boards of Applied MicroStructures, Inc., MSilica, Inc., Multigig, Inc. and VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd., and serves as an observer on the board of Novariant, Inc. Dr. Yu has previously served on the boards of AuthenTec, Inc. and SyChip Inc. (acquired by Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.), and previously served as an observer on the board of Verari Systems. Dr. Yu has served as a Venture Partner or Managing Director at Sierra Ventures since 2000. Prior to joining Sierra Ventures, he worked from 1997 to 2000 at 3Com Corporation, an electronics manufacturer where he held a number of engineering and project management positions.
Dr. Yu received his B.S. from the University of Western Australia and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in Electrical Engineering.
We believe Dr. Yu’s qualifications to sit on our board of directors include his extensive experience in investment management of and service as a board member of various companies in the semiconductor, communications component and systems industries.
R. Douglas Norby has served on our board of directors since September 2009. From July 2003 until January 31, 2006, Mr. Norby served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tessera, Inc., a provider of intellectual property for advanced semiconductor packaging. From March 2002 to February 2003, Mr. Norby served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zambeel, Inc., a data storage systems company. From December 2000 to March 2002, Mr. Norby served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Novalux, Inc., a manufacturer of lasers for optical networks. From 1996 until December 2000, Mr. Norby served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LSI Logic Corporation, a semiconductor company, and he also served asa director of LSI Logic Corporation from 1993 until 2007. From July 1993 until November 1996, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mentor Graphics Corporation, a software company. Mr. Norby served as President of Pharmetrix Corporation, a drug delivery company, from July 1992 to September 1993, and from 1985 to 1992, he was President of Lucasfilm, Ltd., an entertainment company. From 1979 to 1985, Mr. Norby was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Syntex Corporation, a pharmaceutical company.
Mr. Norby is a director of STATS ChipPAC, Ltd., NEXX Systems, Inc., Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and MagnaChip Semiconductor LLC. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Norby also served as a director of Intellon Corporation.
Mr. Norby received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
We believe Mr. Norby’s qualifications to sit on our board of directors include his experience as an executive and a board member of various public and private semiconductor and technology companies.
Behrooz Abdi has served on our board of directors since June 2011. Mr. Abdi is an Executive Vice President and General Manager for NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., a leader in intelligent semiconductor solutions for the internet, since November 2009. Mr. Abdi served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of RMI Corporation (also known as Raza Microelectronics Inc.), a fabless semiconductor company, from November 2007 to October 2009. He served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of CDMA Technologies (QCT) at Qualcomm, Inc., a provider of wireless technology and services, from March 2004 to November 2007. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he held leadership and engineering positions of increasing responsibility at Motorola, Inc. in its Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS). From September 1999 to March 2003, he served as Vice President and General Manager for Motorola's radio products division, in charge of RF and mixed signal ICs for the wireless mobile market. He currently serves as a director at Tabula, Inc. Mr. Abdi served as the Chairman and director of SMSC Storage, Inc. (Formerly Symwave, Inc.), from September 2009 to November 2010 and as a director of RMI Corporation from November 2007 to November 2009.
Mr. Abdi holds a B.S. from Montana State University and an M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, both in Electrical Engineering.
We believe Mr. Abdi's qualifications to sit on our board of directors include his over 22 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, his track record of growing profitable businesses and his experience as a board member of various private semiconductor and technology companies.
Jon Olson has served on our board of directors since October 2011. Mr. Olson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Xilinx, Inc. Mr. Olson joined Xilinx in 2005, and holds responsibility for Finance, Tax, Treasury and Investor Relations as well as IT. Prior to Xilinx, he last served as Vice President of Finance and Enterprise Services at Intel Corp. While serving at Intel for 26 years, Mr. Olson held a variety of senior financial positions, including: Vice President, Finance and Enterprise Services; Director of Finance; Technology and Manufacturing Group Controller; Semiconductor Products Group Controller; and System Manufacturing Group Controller. Before that, he worked for four years at General Signal Corp.
Mr.Olson holds an MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in accounting from Indiana University.
We believe Mr. Olson’s qualifications to sit on our board of directors include his over 30 years of experience in senior roles of financial responsibility in the semiconductor industry, his track record of growing profitable businesses and his experience at various semiconductor and technology companies.