Board of Directors
Geoff Tate - Lead Director
Geoffrey R. Tate has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2009. Mr. Tate is CEO, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. since March 2014. From March 2010 until January 2012, Mr. Tate was the interim Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Nanosolar, Inc. Mr. Tate was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Rambus Inc. in May 1990 and served as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors until January 2005. Mr. Tate served as the non-employee Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rambus from January 2005 to August 2006. From Rambus’ IPO in 1997 to late 2003, Mr. Tate was also the sole member of the Stock Option Committee, which was authorized to approve and administer the issuance of options to Rambus non-executive employees. In 2006, Rambus’ audit committee commenced an internal investigation of the timing of past stock option grants and related accounting issues. While Mr. Tate did not develop relevant policies and was not responsible for accounting judgments, Mr. Tate entered into a settlement agreement with Rambus. From 1979 to 1990, Mr. Tate served in various marketing and product line management positions and ultimately as Senior Vice President, Microprocessors and Logic, with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Mr. Tate received his bachelor’s of science degree in computer science from University of Alberta and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. We believe that Mr. Tate’s possesses specific attributes that qualify him to serve as a director, including his extensive leadership experience as both executive and board director in the global semiconductor business and his deep industry knowledge.
Kevin Conley, Everspin President and CEO
Kevin Conley has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2017. Kevin Conley was appointed President and CEO of Everspin in September 2017. Conley was Senior Vice President and CTO of SanDisk until June 2016, where he was focused on fostering strategic innovation at the company. Previously, he served as senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk's Client Storage Solutions and spent over 15 years at SanDisk holding several key system engineering leadership positions. Conley is listed as the inventor or co-inventor on over 50 patents in the area of non-volatile memory architecture and management.
Darin Billerbeck has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2018. Mr. Billerbeck was CEO of Lattice Semiconductor for more than seven years, until his retirement in 2018. During his tenure with Lattice, he steadily increased shareholder value, while expanding the technology, products and the intellectual property of the company. In addition, he gained intimate knowledge of U.S. and China intellectual property laws specifically with respect to the Committee of Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS). Prior to joining Lattice, Billerbeck served as the President and CEO of Zilog, which was acquired by IXYS Corporation in 2010. Before joining Zilog, Billerbeck served for more than 18 years at Intel in various executive and management positions, including Vice President and General Manager of the Flash Products Group. Billerbeck has also led several key engineering functions in the memory space, including Director of Design Engineering, Director of Packaging and Director of Operations. Mr. Billerbeck received his bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Davis. Darin brings highly relevant experience to Everspin’s Board of Directors spanning microcontrollers, programmable logic and memory technologies along with that of a public semiconductor company CEO. Billerbeck’s rich experience in memory, component and intellectual property will be a key resource as we grow the mainstream adoption of our STT-MRAM products into new markets and applications.
Lawrence G. Finch, Sigma Partners
Lawrence G. Finch has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2008. Mr. Finch has served as managing director at Sigma Partners, a venture capital firm, since joining the firm in 1987. Mr. Finch brings a wealth of operational experience in moving early-stage technology companies through high-growth stages of development. He has advised more than 20 companies throughout his career. We believe that Mr. Finch’s 40 years of experience in founding, managing, and financing businesses, strong relationships in the semiconductor space, and his knowledge of our company qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
Ronald C. Foster has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2016. Since November 2014, Mr. Foster has served on the Board of Directors of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. From April 2008 to March 2015, Mr. Foster served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance of Micron Technology, Inc., where he served as a member of Micron’s Board of Directors from June 2004 to April 2005. Before joining Micron, Mr. Foster was the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of FormFactor, Inc., a semiconductor wafer test equipment company. Prior to joining FormFactor, Inc., Mr. Foster served as the Chief Financial Officer for JDS Uniphase, Inc. and Novell, Inc., and also served in various financial and operational roles at Applied Materials, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Company. Mr. Foster previously served as a board member of Inotera Memories Inc., LUXIM Corporation, and Aptina Company. Mr. Foster received his bachelor’s of arts degree in economics from Whitman College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. We believe that Mr. Foster’s knowledge and experience in the semiconductor industry, financial management, accounting and finance issues enable him to make valuable contributions to our board of directors.
Mike Gustafson has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2017. Mike Gustafson was Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Flash Unit of WD/HGST and prior to that was Chairman and CEO of Virident Systems (an enterprise flash storage software and solutions company acquired by Western Digital Corporation in October 2013 for $685 million). Gustafson was also President & CEO of BlueArc, a network attached storage company (acquired by Hitachi Data Systems), and before that an executive with McData and IBM.
Peter Hébert, Lux Capital
Peter Hébert was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in June 2008. Mr. Hébert is a managing partner at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm, which he co-founded in 2000. In addition to Everspin, Mr. Hébert currently serves on the Board of Directors for Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc., Gridco Inc., Lux Research, Inc., Halo Neuro, Inc., Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. and Matterport, Inc. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Hébert served as founding Chief Executive Officer of Lux Research, which he helped build into a leading emerging technology research firm. During his time at Lux Research, Mr. Hébert launched the publicly-listed Lux Nanotech Index and the PowerShares Lux Nanotech Portfolio. Mr. Hébert received his bachelor’s of science degree from Syracuse University, where he graduated cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. We believe that Mr. Hébert possesses specific attributes that qualify him to serve as a director, including his experience in founding, managing, and financing businesses and his knowledge of emerging technologies, which enable him to make valuable contributions to our board of directors.
Geoff Ribar has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2018. Ribar served as a senior advisor to Cadence Design Systems, Inc. until his retirement on March 31, 2018. Prior to this role, Ribar was chief financial officer and senior vice president of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. for seven years. During this period, Ribar was responsible for managing the company’s global finance organization, which included the investor relations and operations groups as well as the internal audit, tax, treasury and controller functions. Prior to Ribar’s tenure at Cadence, he served as the chief financial officer for Telegent Systems in Sunnyvale, California, where he led the company’s finance, legal, IT, and HR teams. He also has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry holding the CFO position at SiRF Technology, Matrix Semiconductor and NVIDIA. In addition, Ribar worked at AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) for 15 years, including as corporate controller. Over the course of his career, Ribar has facilitated many M&A transactions, helping companies successfully scale during periods of rapid growth. Ribar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan. Geoff brings highly relevant experience to Everspin’s Board of Directors as a high-tech financial expert. Ribar’s rich experience in all areas related to finance will be valuable to Everspin as we continue to scale and grow the business.
Stephen Socolof, New Venture Partners
Stephen J. Socolof has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2008. Mr. Socolof is Managing Partner of New Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that he co-founded in 2001. Previously, Mr. Socolof worked at Lucent Technologies, Inc. from 1996 to 2001 where he established Lucent’s New Ventures Group. Before joining Lucent, Mr. Socolof spent eight years with Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc., where he was a leader of the firm’s innovation consulting practice. Mr. Socolof is currently also a director of GainSpan Corporation, NVMdurance and Vasona Networks Inc. He was a director of SyChip, Inc. before its acquisition by Murata and an investor and observer of Flarion Technologies, Inc., until its acquisition by Qualcomm Inc., and Silicon Hive, until its acquisition by Intel Corporation. Mr. Socolof holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in economics and a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University and received his M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was a Tuck Scholar. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Private Equity at the Tuck School. We believe that Mr. Socolof’s financial, business, and investment expertise and his knowledge of our company enable him to make valuable contributions to our board of directors.