Board of Directors

Necip Sayiner
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

Dr. Sayiner joined Intersil as President, CEO and Director on March 14, 2013. Prior to joining Intersil, from September 2005 to April 2012, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Silicon Laboratories, a fabless semiconductor company engaged in the design of analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated circuits. Prior to joining Silicon Laboratories, Dr. Sayiner held various leadership positions at Agere Systems Inc., which included Executive Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise and Networking Division from August 2004 to September 2005; and Vice President and General Manager, Networking ICs Division from March 2002 to August 2004. In September 2013, Dr. Sayiner is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Dr. Sayiner holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Bosphorus University in Turkey, an M.S. in Engineering from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.


 

Donald Macleod
Chairman

Mr. Macleod has been Chairman of the Board since December 2012. He initially joined our Board as a Director on September 4, 2012. Mr. Macleod served as President and CEO of National Semiconductor Corporation, an analog semiconductor company, from November 2009 to September 2011, when National Semiconductor was acquired by Texas Instruments Incorporated. Mr. Macleod joined National Semiconductor in 1978 and served in a variety of executive positions prior to becoming CEO, including Chief Operating Officer and CFO. He served as the Chairman of the Board of National Semiconductor from May 2010 to September 2011. Mr. Macleod currently serves on the Board of Directors of Avago Technologies Limited, a global manufacturer of optoelectronics and analog interface components, a position he has held since November 2007. In February 2014, Mr. Macleod was appointed to the Board of Directors of Knowles Corporation, a global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, specialty components, and human interface solutions for the mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical technology, military/space and other industrial end markets. In addition, Mr. Macleod also serves on the Board of Directors of a privately-held company.


 

Robert Conn, PhD
Director

Dr. Conn has been a Director since April 2000. Dr. Conn was appointed President, CEO and director of the Kavli Foundation, a philanthropic organization, in April 2009. Dr. Conn has been President of Conn Engineering & Consulting, Inc. since 2002. In addition, he has been a Professor and Dean of Engineering, Emeritus, at the University of California, San Diego since 2004. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Conn was Managing Director of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital. From 1994 to July 2002, Dr. Conn was the Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego, and the Walter J. Zable Endowed Chair in Engineering. Dr. Conn served on the Board of Directors of ChipPAC, Inc. from 2002 through 2004, and on the Board of Directors of STATS ChipPAC, Inc. from 2004 through 2007. Presently, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Conn has previously served on the Board of Directors of several privately-held companies.


 

James V. Diller
Director

Mr. Diller has been a Director since May 2002. He served as Interim President and CEO of Intersil from December 9, 2012 to March 13, 2013. Mr. Diller is a retired Chairman of the Board of Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., a post he held from 1997 to May 2002. Mr. Diller served as a Director of Elantec Semiconductor, Inc. from 1986 to May 2002 when Elantec was acquired by Intersil. From November 1998 to July 2000, he served as Elantec’s President and CEO. Mr. Diller is a founder of PMC-Sierra, Inc., a company that is now engaged in the design, development, market and support of semiconductor solutions for storage, mobile and optical networks, and was its President and CEO from 1983 to 1997; he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors until December 2013. In addition, in January 2010, Mr. Diller became Chairman of the Board of Avago Technologies Limited, a global manufacturer of optoelectronics and analog interface components and has served on the Board of Avago since December 2005. He was a Director of Sierra Wireless, Inc. from 1993 through 2003.


 

Mercedes Johnson
Director

Ms. Johnson has been a Director since August 2005. From April 1, 2013 through September 22, 2013 she served as the Interim CFO of Intersil. Ms. Johnson was previously the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) at Avago Technologies from November 2005 until her retirement in August 2008. Prior to her employment with Avago, Ms. Johnson worked for Lam Research Corporation, serving as its Senior Vice President of Finance from June 2004 to January 2005, and as its CFO from April 1997 to May 2004. Ms. Johnson has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Micron Technology, Inc. since June 2005 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Juniper Networks since May 2011. She also served on the Board of Directors for Storage Technology Corporation from January 2004 to August 2005.


 

Sohail Khan
Director

Mr. Khan has been a Director since 2014. He was most recently the President and CEO of Lilliputian Systems, a solid oxide fuel cell company. From 2007 to 2011, he served as president and CEO of SiGe Semiconductor where he refocused the company on specific core markets, and secured the top market share position in the highly competitive WiFi segment. In 2011 Mr. Khan oversaw the acquisition and integration of SiGe Semiconductor by Skyworks Solutions. Mr. Khan has also held several senior executive positions at Agere Systems and Lucent Technologies. Mr. Khan received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves on the board of LightPath Technologies.


 

Greg Lang
Director

Mr. Lang has been a Director since February 2006. Mr. Lang has served as President, CEO and Director of PMC-Sierra, Inc., a company that engages in the design, development, market and support of semiconductor solutions for storage, mobile and optical networks, since May 2008. In March 2008, Mr. Lang resigned his position as President, CEO and Director of Integrated Device Technology Inc. (“IDT”). Mr. Lang joined IDT as President in October 2001, was appointed CEO in January 2003 and elected to the IDT Board of Directors in September 2003. Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Lang held the position of Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s platform networking group. Previously he managed Intel’s Ethernet, storage I/O processing, home networking and broadband businesses.


 

Forrest Norrod
Director

Mr. Norrod has been a Director at Intersil since 2014. He also serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom (EESC) Business Group at AMD. Mr. Norrod has more than 25 years of technology industry experience across a number of engineering and business management roles at both the chip and system level. He also served as Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s server business, driving the business to market share leadership in several key geographies and markets while delivering consistent revenue and profitability growth. Prior to Dell, Mr. Norrod worked at Cyrix Corp and National Semiconductor leading the integrated x86 CPU businesses. Mr. Norrod earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and holds 11 US patents in computer architecture, graphics and system design.


 

Jan Peeters
Director

Mr. Peeters has been a Director since April 2000. Mr. Peeters is Chairman and CEO of Olameter Inc., a meter asset and data management company, which he formed in 1998. He presently serves, since 1998, as Chairman of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc., publicly-traded Canadian companies in the areas of broadcasting and cable. In addition, Mr. Peeters serves as Chairman, since 2009, on the Board of GFFI, a small-cap financing company. Mr. Peeters served as Chairman on the Board of iNovia Capital, a venture capital company from 1999 to 2011. He also served as Governor of McGill University from 1999 to 2009 and he served on the Board of Directors of Call-Net, a publicly-traded Canadian telecommunications company, from 1999 to 2002. He was previously founder, vice-chairman, president and CEO of Fonorola Inc., a facilities-based long-distance telephone company from 1988 to 1998, at which time it was acquired by Call-Net Enterprises Inc.


 

James A. Urry
Director

Mr. Urry has been a Director since our inception in August 1999. Mr. Urry has served as Senior Advisor at Augusta Columbia Capital Group LLC since May 2011. Prior to this, Mr. Urry was a Partner at Court Square Capital Partners, a private equity firm from July 2007 to May 2011. Court Square Capital Partners was established as a result of a spin-off from Citigroup Venture Capital Ltd. in 2007. Previous to this, Mr. Urry was a Partner at Citigroup Venture Capital Ltd. from 1989 to June 2007. In February 2013, Mr. Urry was appointed to the Board of Directors of Kofax Limited, a provider of software and applications that simplify information-intensive customer interactions. Mr. Urry served on the Board of Directors of Lyris, Inc. from June 2007 to August 2011 He also served as a Director of AMI Semiconductor prior to the merger of AMI and ON Semiconductor on March 12, 2008.


 

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