Board of Directors
Joseph R. Bronson
Mr. Bronson has served as a director since May 2014. He is currently Principal of The Bronson Group, LLC, which provides financial and operational consulting services, and is a Strategic Advisor to Cowen & Co., a New York City based investment bank. He also serves on the boards of directors of Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., SDC Materials, and Ryan Herco Flow Solutions. Prior to his affiliation at Cowen & Co., from May 2011 to March 2014, he was affiliated with GCA Savvian, LLC, as an Advisory Director. From January 2009 to March 2010, Mr. Bronson served as the Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Valley Technology Corporation, a private company that provides technical services to the semiconductor and solar industries. Prior to that, from August 2007 to October 2008, Mr. Bronson served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sanmina-SCI, a worldwide contract manufacturer, and also served on Sanmina-SCI's board of directors from August 2007 to January 2009. Mr. Bronson holds a B.S. in accounting from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. in financial management from The University of Connecticut.
R. Stephen Heinrichs
Mr. Stephen Heinrichs has served as a director since August 2005. Mr. Heinrichs, who has been appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee, currently is a private investor and serves on a number of public and private company boards. He brings over 30 years experience in finance and operations through positions held in public accounting and, most recently, before his retirement in 2001, as Chief Financial Officer of Avistar Communications Corporation, a publicly-held video communications company he co-founded and for which he presently serves as a director. From January 2003, until the company was acquired in 2005, Mr. Heinrichs was a member of the board of directors of Artisan Components and was its audit committee chairman. Mr. Heinrichs received a B.S. in Accounting from California State University Fresno and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dr. John K. Kibarian
One of PDF's founders, Mr. Kibarian has served as President since November 1991 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since July 2000. Mr. Kibarian has served as a director since December 1992. Mr. Kibarian received a BS ECE, MS ECE and PhD ECE from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lucio L. Lanza
Mr. Lucio Lanza has served as the Chairman of the Board since April 2004 and as a director since November 1995. He is the Managing Director of Lanza techVentures (LTV), an early stage venture capital and investment firm founded in 2001. Since 2008 he has been a general partner of Radnorwood Capital, LLC, an investor in public technology companies. Mr. Lanza served as Chairman of Artisan Components before its acquisition by ARM Holdings, Ltd. in 2004, and then joined the ARM Holdings, Ltd. board of directors as a non-executive director until May 2010. He serves on the board of directors of Harris & Harris Group, a publicly traded venture capital company. He also serves on the board of directors of several private companies. Prior to founding LTV he was a general partner of US Venture Partners. Mr. Lanza came to the venture capital industry with more than twenty-five years of operating experience in the electronics industry, including engineering at Olivetti, Chairman of the microprocessor business segment at Intel, General Manager at Daisy Systems, and CEO of EDA Systems. During his tenure at USVP, Mr. Lanza was also chief strategist and in charge of the M&A activity for Cadence Design Systems from 1990-1995. He holds a doctorate in electronic engineering from Politecnico of Milano.
Dr. Kimon Michaels
Kimon Michaels, Ph.D., one of our founders, has served as Vice President, Design for Manufacturability since June 2007. Dr. Michaels served as Vice President, Field Operations for Manufacturing Process Solutions from January 2006 through May 2007, and has been a Director since November 1995. From March 1993 through December 2005, he served in various vice presidential capacities. He also served as Chief Financial Officer from November 1995 to July 1998. Dr. Michaels received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. E.C.E. and a Ph.D. E.C.E. from Carnegie Mellon University.