Thurman J. “T.J.” Rodgers
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Thurman J. “TJ” Rodgers has been our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since September 2020. In 1982, he co-founded Cypress Semiconductor (“Cypress”). From 1982 to 2016, Rodgers served as Cypress’s CEO for 34 years until stepping down as the longest-tenured CEO among all publically-traded technology companies. He currently serves on the boards of five other energy-related private companies: Bloom Energy, the world’s most prominent fuel cell manufacturer, Enovix Corp., a company that integrates lithium ion batteries into silicon wafers, Enphase Energy, Inc., a company that provides microinverters and solar solutions for commercial companies and residential homes, FTC Solar, a company that provides single-axis tracking for solar companies and Solaria, a company that manufactures solar panels. He is the former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association and of SunPower Corporation, the second-largest solar energy company in revenue worldwide. He currently holds the title Trustee Emeritus on Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees. From 2004 to 2012, he served on Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees, where he endowed two chairs at the College. He attended Stanford University on a Hertz fellowship, earning a master’s degree in 1973 and a Ph.D. in 1975, both in electrical engineering. In 1970, Rodgers graduated from Dartmouth where he was a Sloan scholar. He graduated as the Salutatorian of his class with a double major in physics and chemistry. At graduation, he won the Townsend Prize and the Haseltine Chemistry-Physics Prize as the top physics and chemistry student in his class.
Emmanuel T. Hernandez
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Emmanuel T. Hernandez is our CFO and serves as a director. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of BrainChip, Inc.–a publicly-traded Australian artificial intelligence company and is he also the chairman of the audit committee of transistor stalwart ON Semiconductor Corp. From 2004 to 2009, he was the CFO of SunPower Corporation, during which time he oversaw the company’s IPO and raised $1 billion in public funding. From 1993 to 2004, he was the EVP Finance & Administration and CFO of Cypress Semiconductor, where he managed annual revenue growth from $300 million to $1 billion, completed 10 mergers and formalized the company’s M&A business process. Prior to that, from 1976 to 1993, he held a series of positions at National Semiconductor, a pioneer Silicon Valley semiconductor company. From 2009 to 2017, he served on the boards of EnStorage Inc. and SunEdison, Inc. He holds an MBA degree in Finance from Golden Gate University and a BSC in accounting from the University of Nueva Caceres in the Philippines.
Steven J. Gomo
Steven J. Gomo became one of our directors on December 1, 2020 and serves as the audit committee chairman. Currently, Gomo serves as the chairman of the audit committees of Enphase Energy, Inc. (solar systems), semiconductor memory giant Micron Technology, Nutanix (enterprise software) and Solaria (solar systems). He is an experienced CFO, having served at NetApp (data services and management), Net Suite (business management software), Gemplus International (smart cards), Asera (supply chain management software), SanDisk (flash memory products) and RISC-computer pioneer, Silicon Graphics. In 1974, Gomo started his Silicon Valley career at Hewlett-Packard. He holds an MBA in Business Administration and Finance from Santa Clara University. He graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Business Administration.
Joseph I. Malchow
Joseph I. Malchow became one of our directors on December 1, 2020 and serves as the nominating committee chairman. Currently, he is the Founding Partner at Hanover Technology Investment Management (“Hanover”), a Sand Hill Road venture capital firm. Hanover focuses on Seed and Series A investments in software companies in artificial intelligence, developer tooling, data and computing infrastructure and digital security in a number of specific verticals including finance and credit, freight and logistics, national security technology, and construction and infrastructure. Malchow has also originated investments in 25 companies including RelatelQ (sales and marketing), Socotra (insurance), Sourcegraph (code search), Material Security (email security), Elementl (graph programming language), Retool (low-code environment), Premise Data (data gathering), Golden (semantic knowledge base), Mattermost (chatops), Solugen (next-generation chemical synthesis) and Flatfile (data infrastructure). Earlier, he cofounded Publir, a prominent market-maker in digital ads. Malchow serves on the boards of Enphase Energy, Inc. and Rice Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company. Malchow earned an AB from Dartmouth College in 2008, after which he studied at the law and business schools of Stanford University, receiving a JD in 2013.
John D. McCranie
John D. McCranie became one of our directors on December 1, 2020 and serves as the compensation committee chairman. After his early career in semiconductor sales, he became the EVP of Sales & Marketing for Harris Corporation, the CEO of SEEQ Technology and Virage Logic. From 1994 to 2001, he joined Cypress Semiconductor as EVP of Sales & Marketing, where he developed Cypress’s business processes for product pricing, product introduction, sales compensation, sales training, and running large international sales conferences. He has held 10 board positions in the semiconductor industry. Currently, McCranie is board chairman to NextGen Power systems. From 2017 to 2019, he served on the board of Cypress Semiconductor. From 2001 to 2018, he served on the board of ON Semiconductor. From 2012 to 2017, he served on the board of Mentor Graphics, an electric design automation company. Six of his board positions involved significant restructuring, including the multi-year restructuring of ON Semiconductor, which he led. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Lisan Hung became one of our directors on December 1, 2020 and serves as our Corporate Secretary. She is currently the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Enphase. From 2014 to 2019, she was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Crocus Technology, Inc., a venture-capital-backed semiconductor startup company developing magnetoresistive random-access memory technology. Prior to Crocus Technology, Inc., she spent 10 years at AMD where she was on the team that formed and divested Spansion Inc. and supported the antitrust litigation against Intel Corporation. She holds a JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law. She graduated from UC Berkley with a BS in the Political Economy of Natural Resources. We believe that Hung is qualified to serve based on her public company experience.