Chairman of the Board of Qorvo
Mr. Quinsey has served as Chairman of the Board of Qorvo since January 2015 and as Lead Independent Director for Qorvo since August 2018. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. from 2002 until TriQuint’s combination with RF Micro Devices, Inc. in a merger of equals to form Qorvo, effective January 1, 2015. From September 1999 to January 2002, Mr. Quinsey was Vice President and General Manager of the Analog Division of ON Semiconductor, a manufacturer of semiconductors for a wide array of applications. From 1979 to September 1999, Mr. Quinsey held various positions at Motorola, a manufacturer of semiconductors and communications equipment, including Vice President and General Manager of the RF/IF Circuits Division, which developed both silicon and GaAs technologies for wireless phone applications. Mr. Quinsey is the Secretary, Treasurer and a board member of Dry Fly Distilling, a privately held craft distiller, a board member of Perfect Company, a privately held Internet of Things (“IoT”) based company, and an officer, board member and co-founder of ORCORAZON, a privately held medical devices company.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Qorvo
Mr. Bruggeworth is president, CEO and a director of Qorvo. He has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director since Qorvo’s incorporation in December 2013 in anticipation of the Business Combination. Prior to the Business Combination, he was RFMD’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a director from January 2003 until January 2015, having previously served in several senior management positions at RFMD beginning in September 1999. From July 1983 to April 1999, Mr. Bruggeworth was employed at AMP Inc. (now TE Connectivity LTD), a supplier of electrical and electronic connection devices, in several manufacturing and engineering management positions, most recently as Divisional Vice President of Global Computer and Consumer Electronics based in Hong Kong. In November 2020, the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) elected Mr. Bruggeworth to serve as its 2021 Chair. Mr. Bruggeworth is the independent lead director of the board of directors of MSA Safety Incorporated, a publicly traded global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures.
President and CEO of CalAmp
Mr. Gardner has served on the Board of Directors since January 2015. From 2004 until 2015, he served as a director of RFMD. Mr. Gardner has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CalAmp Corp., a publicly traded company that is a leading provider of wireless communications solutions for a broad array of applications to customers globally, since May 2020 (after having served in that interim role since March 2020) and has served as a member of its board of directors since January 2015. From September 2015 through February 2020, Mr. Gardner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Brinks Home Security™, one of the largest home security monitoring companies in the U.S., which was an affiliate of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. through August 2019. Mr. Gardner served as Executive Vice President of Ascent from September 2015 to August 2019 and as a director of Ascent from November 2016 until August 2019. From 2005 until December 2014, Mr. Gardner was President and Chief Executive Officer of Windstream Corporation, a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, including cloud computing and managed services. Mr. Gardner also served as a director of Windstream from 2005 until February 2015. Prior to Windstream, Mr. Gardner held several positions at ALLTEL, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Leadership Fellow, having completed the NACD’s program for corporate directors. Mr. Gardner is a former member of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. He also served as Chairman of the United States Telecom Association, a telecommunications trade association.
General Partner of Harding Partners, LP, & Co-founder of eSilicon Corporation
Mr. Harding has served on the Board of Directors since January 2015. From 2006 until 2015, he served as a director of RFMD. Since January 2020, Mr. Harding has served as a consultant in the fabless semiconductor design and manufacturing field as the General Partner of Harding Partners, LP. Mr. Harding co-founded eSilicon Corporation, a privately held company that designed and manufactured complex, custom chips for a broad portfolio of large and small firms. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eSilicon from its inception in May 2000 until it was acquired by Inphi Corporation (and concurrently sold certain assets to Synopsis, Inc.) in January 2020. Before starting eSilicon Corporation, Mr. Harding served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of publicly traded Cadence Design Systems, Inc., which acquired his former employer, Cooper & Chyan Technology, Inc. Mr. Harding held a variety of senior management positions at Zycad Corporation, and his career also includes positions with TXL and IBM Corporation. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Harding served on the board of directors of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Mr. Harding has also held leadership roles at Drew University, where he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Indiana University, where he was a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In addition, Mr. Harding has served as a member of the Steering Committee at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and was a former member of the National Academies Committee for Software, Growth and the Future of the U.S. Economy. From 2004 to 2020, Mr. Harding served as a member of the board of directors of the Global Semiconductor Alliance. Mr. Harding is a frequent international speaker on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and semiconductor trends and policies.
Chairman and Founder of Kiina Investment Ltd.
Mr. Ho has served on the Board of Directors since January 2015. From 2010 until 2015, he served as a director of TriQuint. Mr. Ho is Chairman and Founder of Kiina Investment Ltd., a venture capital firm that invests in start-up companies in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. Additionally, Mr. Ho previously served as a senior advisor for Permira Advisors LLC, a private equity buyout fund, Chairman of Greater China for Nokia Siemens Networks, President of Greater China for Nokia Corporation and Senior Vice President of the Nokia Networks Business Group. He has also held senior leadership roles with Nortel Networks and Motorola in China and Canada. Mr. Ho currently serves as a member of the board of nVent Electric plc (since May 2018) and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (since 2013) in the United States and China COSCO Shipping Corporation (since 2016, and of China Ocean Shipping Company, which merged with China Shipping to become China COSCO Shipping Corporation, since 2012), the world’s largest shipping conglomerate and a Chinese state-owned enterprise; China Mobile Communications Corporation (since 2016), the world’s largest mobile communications carrier and a Chinese state-owned enterprise; and DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, a subsidiary of DBS Group Holdings, a leading financial services group located in Singapore. Mr. Ho previously was a director of Pentair plc from 2007 until 2018 when it spun off its electrical business into nVent Electric plc, Dong Fang Electric Corporation from 2009 through 2015, 3Com Corporation from 2008 through 2010, Owens-Illinois Inc. from 2008 to 2012 and Sinosteel Corporation from 2008 until 2012.
CEO of Geoverse, LLC and Co-founder and Principal of Tritech Sales and Services, LLC
Mr. Nelson has served on the Board of Directors since January 2015. From 2012 until 2015, he served as a director of TriQuint. Since 2009, he has been the co-founder and principal of Tritech Sales and Services, LLC, a strategic product, business development and sales function consulting firm, and since June 2018, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of Geoverse, LLC, a company which designs, deploys and manages in-building cellular LTE systems. Mr. Nelson served as the Chief Technology Officer for Globetouch, Inc., a privately held global provider of 3G and LTE mobile broadband services for connected devices and IoT applications, from January 2015 to August 2017. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AT&T Wireless Services, where he led the Technology Development Group responsible for the development and deployment of the first 3G networks in the U.S. During his career, Mr. Nelson has worked closely with both national and international regulators and standards bodies on the creation of 3G specifications and standards. Mr. Nelson holds numerous patents covering broad and fundamental aspects of wireless communications.
President and CEO of Cornami, Inc. & CEO Emeritus of Mentor, a Siemens Business
Dr. Rhines has served on the Board of Directors since January 2015. From 1995 until 2015, he served as a director of TriQuint. Since March 2020, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornami, Inc., a semiconductor processor company focused on fully homomorphic encryption. Since October 2019, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Rhines Consultants, a consulting firm in the semiconductor, integrated circuit design and manufacturing fields. Dr. Rhines is also CEO Emeritus of Mentor, a Siemens Business, an electronic design automation company, having previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor from its acquisition by Siemens Industry, Inc. in March 2017 until October 2018. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Graphics Corporation from 1993 and chairman of its board of directors from 2000 until the acquisition of Mentor Graphics by Siemens in 2017. Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, he spent 21 years at Texas Instruments, a semiconductor manufacturer, with his most recent position as the Executive Vice President of its Semiconductor Group with responsibility for its worldwide semiconductor business. Dr. Rhines also served as a director of Cirrus Logic, Inc., a semiconductor company, from 1995 to 2009, and as a director of Electronic System Design Alliance, a trade association for electronic design companies, from 1994 to 2019. Dr. Rhines serves as a director of PTK Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, as a director of Semiconductor Research Corporation, a technology research consortium, and as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a research investment arm of the U.S. government.
CEO of Motion Intelligence
Ms. Spradley has served on the Board of Directors since January 2017. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of Motion Intelligence, a privately held software-as-a-service company, since January 2018. Previously, she was principal of Spradley Consulting LLC, a consulting firm that she founded, from February 2017 until January 2020, and a partner in the TAP Growth Group, a senior executive consulting firm, from August 2017 to June 2019. From January 2013 until January 2017, she served in various roles at Viavi Solutions Inc. (formerly JDS Uniphase), most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager – Network and Service Enablement. Prior to joining Viavi Solutions Inc., Ms. Spradley served as executive director at US-Ignite from April 2011 to December 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Spradley was President of the North America region at Nokia Siemens Networks from 2007 to 2011, responsible for regional profit and loss, sales and service. From 1997 to 2005, she held executive positions at Nortel Networks Corporation. Ms. Spradley has served on the board of directors of Avaya Holdings Corp., a publicly traded communications applications provider, since December 2017, and NetScout Systems, Inc., a publicly traded real-time operational intelligence and performance analytics company, since April 2018. She previously served on the board of directors of publicly traded EXFO Inc. from October 2011 through November 2012.
Founder of Kitty Hawk Capital
Mr. Wilkinson has served on the Board of Directors since January 2015. He was Lead Independent Director for Qorvo from 2015 until August 2018. From 1992 until 2015, he served as a director of RFMD, including as the Chairman of the Board from 2008 until 2015. He is the founder and was a general partner of Kitty Hawk Capital, a venture capital firm established in 1980, through December 2016 and was a founding investor in RFMD. He currently serves on the board of directors of Gladstone Capital Corporation and three of its affiliated publicly traded funds that share an investment advisor and administrator (Gladstone Commercial Corporation; Gladstone Investment Corporation; and Gladstone Land Corporation). He previously served on the board of the N.C. State University Foundation and on the boards of other universities and related organizations. He is a past member and director of the National Venture Capital Association and is a past member and Chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. He is Founding Chairman of the Carolinas Chapter of the NACD, where he served as a director until December 2015, and is a NACD Leadership Fellow. Mr. Wilkinson serves or has served as a director of numerous venture-backed companies, both public and private.