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Board of Directors
Syed Ali
President & CEO

Syed B. Ali is one of our founders and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors since the inception of the company in 2000. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Ali was Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Malleable Technologies, a communication chip company of which he was a founding management team member. Malleable Technologies was acquired by PMC Sierra, a communication IC company in 2000. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Ali was an Executive Director at Samsung Electronics where he started the Flash memory and CPU businesses and put together the business plans that drove sales in each line to over a $100M in less than two years. Prior to that, he had various positions at Wafer Scale Integration, a division of SGS-Thompson, Tandem Computer, and American Microsystems. He received a BSEE from Osmania University, in Hyderabad, India and an MSEE from the University of Michigan.
Brad W. Buss

Brad W. Buss has served as a director since July 2016. He is a veteran of the high technology and semiconductor space with almost 30 years of experience with public and private companies including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and substantial shareholder value creation activities. Mr. Buss retired as the Chief Financial Officer of SolarCity Corporation in February 2016 and is currently focused on board service and advising. In addition, Mr. Buss served as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation from August 2005 to June 2014. Mr. Buss also held prior financial leadership roles with Altera Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Veba Electronics LLC and Wyle Electronics, Inc. Mr. Buss serves as a director for Tesla Motors Inc. and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and served as a director for CaféPress, Inc. from 2007 until July 2016. Mr. Buss holds a B.A. in economics from McMaster University and an Honors Business Administration degree, majoring in finance and accounting, from the University of Windsor.
Edward H. Frank, Ph.D

Edward H. Frank, Ph.D. has served as a director since July 2016. He co-founded Cloud Parity Inc., a voice-of-the-customer startup in the SF Bay Area, in late 2013 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until September 2016. From 2009 through 2013, Dr. Frank was Vice President of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple, Inc. where he led the development of four generations of Macintosh laptop and desktop computers. Before joining Apple, Dr. Frank was Corporate Vice President of Research and Development at Broadcom Corporation. Prior to joining Broadcom, Dr. Frank was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Epigram, Inc., a developer of integrated circuits and software for home networking, which Broadcom acquired in 1999. Dr. Frank holds over 50 issued patents. He serves as a director of Analog Devices, Inc., eASIC Corporation, and Quanatenna Communications, Inc., and is an advisor to several Bay Area venture capital firms and startups. Dr. Frank served as a director of Fusion-IO, Inc. from 2013 until July 2014 when it was acquired by SanDisk Corporation. Dr. Frank holds a B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Sanjay Mehrotra

Sanjay Mehrotra has served as a director since July 2009. He co-founded SanDisk Corporation and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from January, 2011 until the acquisition of the company by Western Digital Corporation in May 2016. Mr. Mehrotra also served SanDisk in a variety of capacities since helping co-found the company in 1988, including as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of Product Development, and Director of Memory Design and Product Engineering. Mr. Mehrotra has over 35 years of experience in the non-volatile semiconductor memory industry, including engineering and management positions at Integrated Device Technology, Inc., SEEQ Technology, Inc., Intel Corporation and Atmel Corporation. Mr. Mehrotra earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program (SEP). In addition to the board of directors of Cavium, Inc., Mr. Mehrotra serves on the board of directors of GlobalFoundries U.S. Inc. and serves on the Engineering Advisory Board at UC Berkeley, the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and the U.S. India Business Council (USIBC), and served on the board of directors of Western Digital Corporation from May 2016 to February 2017. Mr. Mehrotra holds more than 70 patents and has published articles in the area of non-volatile memory design and flash memory systems.
Madhav Rajan

Madhav Rajan has served as a director since March 2013. He is the Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. From 2010 to 2016, he was Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and head of the MBA program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In April 2017, he received Stanford GSB's Robert T. Davis Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service. Mr. Rajan serves on the board of directors of iShares, Inc. and the Investment Advisory Board of C.M. Capital Corporation. Mr. Rajan received his undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Madras, India, and his MS and Ph.D. in Accounting from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University.
Anthony S. Thornley

Anthony S. Thornley has served as a director since September 2006 and has served as our lead independent director since June 2012. From June 2011 to March 2012 he served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company, a golf equipment company. From February 2002 to June 2005 he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, a wireless communication technology and integrated circuit company. From July 2001 to February 2002 he served as Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Qualcomm and from March 1994 to February 2002 as Chief Financial Officer of Qualcomm. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was with Nortel Networks, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, for sixteen years in various financial and information systems management positions, including Vice President Finance and IS, Public Networks, Vice President Finance NT World Trade and Corporate Controller Nortel Limited. Mr. Thornley has also worked for Coopers and Lybrand in public accounting. Mr. Thornley is a director of Callaway Golf Company, Proximetry, Inc., a network software company, and Gorgon Media Inc., a specialized investment company. Mr. Thornley received his BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.

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