Navdeep S. Sooch co-founded Silicon Laboratories in August 1996 and has served as Chairman of the Board since our inception. Mr. Sooch served as our Chief Executive Officer from our inception through the end of fiscal 2003 and served as interim Chief Executive Officer from April 2005 to September 2005. From March 1985 until founding Silicon Laboratories, Mr. Sooch held various positions at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic, a designer and manufacturer of integrated circuits, including Vice President of Engineering, as well as Product Planning Manager of Strategic Marketing and Design Engineer. From May 1982 to March 1985, Mr. Sooch was a Design Engineer with AT&T Bell Labs. Since October 2011, Mr. Sooch has served as the CEO of Ketra, Inc., a private company in the field of solid state lighting. Mr. Sooch holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Cash has served as a director of Silicon Laboratories since June 1997. He has served as general partner of InterWest Partners, a venture capital firm, since 1986. Mr. Cash currently serves on the Board of Directors of the following public companies: i2 Technologies, a provider of intelligent e-business and marketplace solutions; Ciena Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of dense wavelength division multiplexing systems for fiber optic networks; Argonaut Group Inc., a specialty insurance company; First Acceptance Corp, a provider of low-cost auto insurance; and Staktek, Inc., a semiconductor assembly company. Mr. Cash holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.B.A. from Western Michigan University.
Mr. Enloe is currently the president and chief executive officer of Optisoft, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent traffic signal platforms. Mr. Enloe formerly served as vice chairman and member of the office of chief executive of Compaq Computer Corporation. He also served as president of Lomas Financial Corporation and Liberté Investors for more than 15 years. Mr. Enloe is currently a director of Leggett & Platt, Inc. and previously served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Mr. Enloe serves on the Board of Directors of Live Nation, the world's leading live entertainment company. Mr. Enloe holds a B.S. in engineering from Louisiana Polytechnic University and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Lazar is currently an independent business and financial consultant, who was most recently senior vice president of corporate development and general manager of Qualcomm Atheros, following the acquisition of Atheros by Qualcomm in 2011. Mr. Lazar joined Atheros, a publicly traded provider of communications semiconductor solutions, in 2003 and served as chief financial officer and senior vice president, corporate development. He also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of NetRatings, Inc., and chief financial officer of Apptitude, Inc. He has held various executive positions at Electronics for Imaging and started his career at Price Waterhouse. Mr. Lazar is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. in commerce with an emphasis in accounting from Santa Clara University.
Mr. Walker's 25-year history in the high-tech industry began at Hewlett Packard where he rose from IC designer to the manager of a design group working on a CMOS chip design for handheld computers. At Hewlett Packard, Mr. Walker was also part of the team researching the design of analog chips in CMOS. In 1981, Mr. Walker joined Digital Equipment Corporation where he served in several positions including vice president of manufacturing technology, vice president of network engineering and vice president and general manager of the network products business where he successfully drove revenue growth rates up to mid-double-digits. Mr. Walker co-founded and served as chief executive officer of C-Port Corporation, a pioneer in the network processor industry, which was acquired by Motorola for $430 million in 2000. Following the acquisition, he served as vice president of strategy for Motorola's Network and Computing Systems Group and then vice president and general manager of the Network and Computing Systems Group until 2002. Mr. Walker has been awarded five patents and has been published in numerous industry publications. He also serves as a director of McData Corporation, Propagate Networks, Massachusetts Telecommunications Council and Hopkins School (Connecticut). Mr. Walker received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and he received a master's degree in electrical engineering and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Mr. Wood has served as a director of Silicon Laboratories since March 1997 and as Lead Director since December 2005. Since 1996, Mr. Wood has also served as general partner of various funds associated with Silverton Partners, a venture capital firm. From 1984 to 2003, Mr. Wood was a general partner, and for certain funds created since 1996, a special limited partner, of various funds associated with Austin Ventures, a venture capital firm. Mr. Wood holds a B.A. in History from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
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