MANAGEMENT

Leadership

Mark Lippett

Mark Lippett

(President and CEO)

Mark has held VP Engineering and COO roles at XMOS for ten years, with responsibility for all aspects of product development and operations at XMOS. Prior to joining the company, Mark was founder and CTO of Ignios. He has extensive knowledge of the electronics industry, with involvement in both blue-chip companies and entrepreneurial ventures. Mark has expertise in multiprocessor IC design, where he holds several patents, as well as architectural exploration and embedded software techniques. Mark holds a MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey and an MBA from Henley Management College.


Paul Neil

Paul Neil

(VP Marketing and Product Management)

Paul has over 20 years of international experience ranging from hands-on technology development and ASIC design through to marketing and full life-cycle product management of complex technology products. In his previous role as Director of Product Management at Picochip, Paul drove the development of the company’s multi-award-winning 3G and 4G small cell products, and secured design wins with several tier one wireless infrastructure OEMs. Prior to this, Paul held similar positions at Axeon Holdings plc, Siroyan, Pixelfusion and ARM. He holds a BSc in Computer Science & Electronics and a PhD in Advanced Logic Synthesis from Edinburgh University, and an MBA in Technology Management from the Open University Business School.


Mike Furnival

Mike Furnival

(VP Worldwide Sales)

Mike is a 25-year veteran of the semiconductor industry. He opened Lattice Semiconductors’ UK office in 1991, and headed that company’s sales and marketing for the entire EMEA region from 2000 to 2012. During his tenure with Lattice, Mike managed a team of 40 employees across seven offices, and helped grow the company’s revenue in EMEA from less than $5M to over $170M, negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts with leading customers in the telecom, automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Mike started his career at Texas Instruments and subsequently was co-founder of a semiconductor distribution company. He has a BSc in electronic engineering from UMIST.


Robin Haliday

Robin Haliday

(CFO)

Robin is an experienced finance professional and a qualified Chartered Accountant with many years experience as CFO/ Finance Director of both public and private companies. He has over 20 years of hands on experience in the technology sector with companies in the mobile/ telecoms, software, online/ social media, IT services and financial services sectors. He has led two IPOs, one on AIM and one a full LSE listing. In addition, Robin is highly experienced in the venture capital and private equity worlds having been involved with numerous businesses that are VC/PE backed. He has in depth, first-hand experience of assisting these companies to raise new funds, complete acquisitions, make disposals and complete an exit for shareholders. Robin trained and qualified with Price Waterhouse and worked within the financial services market unit of Accenture. He led Axon Group plc to a full LSE listing, winning the FT new company of the year in the process before taking the company into both the FTSE 250 and TechMARK 100 indices. His VC/PE clients have included eCommera, GeoSentric, Marwyn Capital, Clearswift, BT Azure, Wavetrend, Financial Objects/ IBIS and others.


Sunny Suen

Sunny Suen

(Head of Operations)

Sunny joined XMOS in 2009 as Manager of Manufacturing Operations, before taking on the position of Director of Operations, and his current position of Head of Operations. Prior to XMOS Sunny worked in test management and engineering positions at Centillium Communications, SiTime, PMC-Sierra. He has also held marketing application and field application positions at Credence and Teradyne respectively. Sunny holds a B.ENG in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria, Canada.


Peter Hedinger

Peter Hedinger

(Head of Engineering)

Peter has 17 years' experience in the semiconductor industry. He spent five years at STMicroelectronics working on the ST200 VLIW processor architecture and verification. When XMOS was founded in 2005, he helped with architecture development, software tools and verification. In 2010, Peter moved to Gnodal to work on 10/40Gb Ethernet switches, leading both ASIC verification and system testing. Peter returned to XMOS in 2013 to work on firmware development and verification of the XS2 architecture. Peter holds a MEng in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Bristol.


Henk Muller

Henk Muller

(CTO)

Henk used to be a Reader at the University of Bristol prior to joining XMOS. At Bristol he was involved in research and teaching of Computer Architecture, Compilers, Ubiquitous Computing, and Wearable computing. Prior to that, we worked at the University of Amsterdam, with a secondment at Philips Research Labs where he participated in the construction of a massively parallel Object-Oriented machine. He holds a doctorate of the University of Amsterdam, specialising in Computer Architecture.


Jochen Meissner

Jochen Meissner

(General Manager - Boston)

Jochen has over 25 years of experience managing technology and machinery companies with significant operational and international expertise. As CEO of Setem Technologies he pursued the merger with XMOS and currently serves on the boards of XMOS, Snappii, ICT and Burgess Industries. His operational experience includes being CEO of Goss, an international printing equipment manufacturer with factories in the US, Asia and Europe, as well as senior management positions with Heidelberg and MAN Roland in Europe and the US. Jochen holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from RWTH Aachen University.


Board

William B Elmore

William B Elmore

(Chairman)

Bill created Foundation Capital in 1995 and currently sits on the board of directors of SpringCM, TeaLeaf Technology, Venafi and HotLin. He was previously on the boards of Atheros Communications, WindRiver Systems, Cloudshield (acquired by SAIC) and Biz360 (acquired by Attensity). Before Foundation Capital, Bill held a number of positions including General Partner at Inman & Bowman, president of Visual Engineering, a graphics software supplier, and also a variety of key marketing management roles at Hewlett-Packard. Bill holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and BSEE and MSEE from Purdue University.


Hitesh Mehta

Hitesh Mehta

(Non Executive Director & Co-Founder)

Hitesh has extensive experience as a venture capital investor in high technology companies with significant operational experience. Hitesh is a General Partner at Acacia Capital and previously a General Partner of Amadeus Capital Partners Limited. His operational experience includes being Managing Director of Fayrewood plc as well as a variety of senior positions at IBM UK. Hitesh, an IBM Scholar, graduated with an Honours degree in Computer Science from Warwick University. Learn More


Alan Duncan

Alan Duncan

(Non Executive Director)

Alan has more than 25 years venture capital experience and has been with DFJ Esprit since 1996 and responsible for many of its computing and electronics investments including Phyworks, Greenpeak, Lime Microsystems, XMOS and DisplayLink. He is a director of Aveillant, Displaylink, Lime and XMOS. Alan has an electronic engineering background and gained his industrial experience in computer systems with Ferranti plc.


Dr Hermann Hauser

Dr Hermann Hauser

(Non Executive Director)

Hermann co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners in 1997 with Anne Glover and Peter Wynn. In his long and successful history as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, he has founded or co-founded companies in a wide range of technology sectors. These include Acorn Computers, Active Book Company, Virata, Net Products, NetChannel, and Cambridge Network Limited. He was a founder director of IQ (Bio), IXI Limited, Vocalis, SynGenix, Advanced Displays Limited, Electronic Share Information Limited and E*Trade UK. Hermann holds an MA in Physics from Vienna University and a PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory at King's College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. Learn More


Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton

(Non Executive Director)

Previously, Charles was Executive Chairman of GlobespanVirata Inc. the NASDAQ listed, New Jersey based, semiconductor company. Prior to the merger with GlobeSpan, he was CEO of Santa Clara based Virata Corp. He took Virata public on NASDAQ, in 1999, raised $682 million across six financing rounds, executed five acquisitions and established and ran a venture fund. Previously, he was CEO of Shandwick Europe; President of Boston Mass. based Thermal Scientific Inc, and a Director of London Stock Exchange listed Thermal Scientific Ltd. Prior to that he was Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research Ltd. and held senior Operations, Finance, Marketing and Product Planning positions at British Leyland and Ford. Charles has a BA Hons in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Hongquan Jiang

(Non Executive Director)

Hongquan Jiang joined Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC) in March 2008, and is responsible for the investment cluster “automation and control” at RBVC, which includes sensors, semiconductors, MEMS and power electronics related investments. Prior to RBVC, Hongquan has been working at Robert Bosch GmbH since 1996. He has collected broad experience in the automotive and microelectronic industries. Hongquan’s previous positions at Bosch include senior investment director at Bosch’s internal technology incubator, senior manager at corporate business development working on strategy to enter new business areas in healthcare, project leader responsible for a variety of technology projects and product ramp-ups in the business division automotive electronics and senior scientist in microelectronics interconnection technology in central research department. Before joining Bosch, Hongquan worked as a research scientist in the Fraunhofer institute for reliability and micro-integration in Berlin, Germany. Hongquan holds a doctoral (Dr. rer. nat.) and a diploma degree in physics from the Technical University Berlin, Germany.


Advisory Board

David May

David is Professor of Computer Science at University of Bristol and was a founder of XMOS when it spun out from Bristol University. Previous he spent 16 years in the semiconductor industry at Inmos and then STMicroelectronics. David was the architect of the Transputer and the author of the OCCAM language. David created XMOS core technologies and has 33 granted patents with many pending patents centered around microprocessor technology. David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1990 for his contributions to computer architecture and parallel computing, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010. He is on the technical advisory boards of several semiconductor companies.


Dr. Ivan Sutherland

Ivan is an American computer scientist and computing pioneer. Considered by many to be the creator of computer graphics, he received the Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery in 1988 for the invention of Sketchpad, an early predecessor to the graphical user interface that has become ubiquitous in personal computers. Dr. Sutherland was a co-founder of the pioneering computer graphics company, Evans and Sutherland. He served for many years as a Fellow at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle). With the title "Visiting Scientist" Ivan continues to work on advanced computing systems in the newly formed Asynchronous Research Center at Portland State University.  Dr. Sutherland is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and of the National Academy of Sciences.


Dr. Lucio Lanza

Lucio is the managing director at Lanza techVentures, a venture capitol firm that he founded in January 2001. He has held a number of senior industry marketing, engineering and general management positions including many years at Olivetti S.p.A. Dr. Lanza has served as senior vice president and chief strategist for Cadence Design Group, as well as chairman of Intel’s Microprocessor Business Segment. Dr. Lanza has been the chairman of the board of directors of Artisan Components Inc. until their acquisition by ARM in 20XX. He has been a director of Personify Inc. since 1996 and chairman since 2000. He is also a former non-executive board member of ARM Holdings, PLC.


John Hodgson

John was the CEO of Cambridge Silicon Radio from 2000 to 2006 and took the company public on the LSE in 2004. Prior to CSR, Mr. Hodgson was the Vice President of World Wide Sales and an Officer at AT&T Microelectronics (later became Lucent Microelectronics). He also served as the Vice President of World Wide Sales for VLSI technology from 1997 to 2000. Since 2006 he has held the position of non-executive director for Corsair Components.


Professor Stephen Furber

Stephen is the ICL professor of computer engineering at the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. Among his notable achievements is his work at Acorn where he was one of the designers of the BBC Micro and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. He holds the Queen's honour of CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). In September 2007 he was awarded the prestigious IET Faraday Medal. In 2010, Furber was elected as one of the three laureates of the Millennium Technology Prize, awarded by the Technology Academy of Finland, for development of the ARM processor.


Richard Bahr

Richard is a consulting professor and the executive director of the Stanford SystemX Alliance research center, at Stanford University. Prior to this role, he was senior vice president at Qualcomm responsible for that company’s Wi-Fi technology. The Qualcomm position followed from the acquisition of Atheros Communications where Richard was vice president of engineering for more than a decade. Before Atheros, he was the vice president of engineering for Silicon Graphics, Inc., a computing, visualization and storage company. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.


Sir Robin Saxby

Robin is the former CEO and chairman of ARM Holdings, PLC, Mr. Saxby is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). In 1991 he joined Cambridge-based ARM as the first CEO. He has also worked at Rank Bush Murphy, Pye, Motorola and Henderson Security. Immediately prior to his appointment at ARM, he worked at European Silicon Structures. Mr. Saxby has an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool (where he is a visiting professor), Loughborough University and the University of Essex. He received the Faraday Medal of the IEE (now the IET). He was knighted in the 2002 New Year's Honors List.