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Sigma Designs Inc (SIGM.OQ)

SIGM.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Thinh Tran

63 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Elias Nader

53 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Secretary

Sal Cobar

63 2010 Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer

J. Dodson

47 2014 Lead Independent Director

Martin Manniche

50 2017 Independent Director

Pete Thompson

48 2017 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Thinh Tran

Mr. Thinh Q. Tran is Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Designs Inc. Thinh Q. Tran has served as a member of our Board of Directors since the founding of the company in 1982. One of our founders, Mr. Tran has served as our President since February 1982. Prior to founding us, Mr. Tran was employed by Amdahl Corporation and Trilogy Systems Corporation, both of which were involved in the IBM-compatible mainframe computer market. Mr. Tran received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. As our President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held for over 30 years, Mr. Tran has extensive knowledge of our business, products and operations. During his period of service as our President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tran has established strong relationships with our key customers, suppliers and other industry participants. In addition, Mr. Tran brings significant senior leadership, industry and technology expertise to our Board.

Elias Nader

Mr. Elias N. Nader is Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Sigma Designs, Inc. Elias N. Nader, has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2014. Mr. Nader served as our interim chief financial officer from March 2013 to April 2014 and as our corporate controller from October 2012 to March 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Nader served as a chief financial officer consultant with various companies in Europe and the Middle East from October 2011 to September 2012. From June 2010 to September 2011, Mr. Nader served as group chief financial officer with Imperial Jet, a VIP business aircraft company based in Europe and the Middle East. From June 2005 to June 2010, Mr. Nader served as corporate controller at Dionex Corporation, a chromatography company based in Sunnyvale, California. Mr. Nader serves on the board of directors of YuMe, Inc., a global audience technology company. Mr. Nader received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Sal Cobar

Mr. Sal Cobar serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of the Company. Sal Cobar has served as our Chief Operating Officer since September 2016. Previously, Mr. Cobar served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer from July 2015 to September 2016 and as Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Business Development from April 2010 to July 2015. From April 2007 to April 2010, Mr. Cobar served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales of Silicon Image, Inc., a developer of secure cores for high definition display and distribution for the television, set-top box and consumer markets. From April 2001 to April 2007, Mr. Cobar served as Silicon Image’s Senior Director, Strategic Accounts and Americas Sales, where he was instrumental in developing and spearheading Silicon Image’s overall strategic account sales initiatives as well as leading the Americas sales team of Silicon Image. Prior to joining Silicon Image, Mr. Cobar held several strategic sales and marketing positions during his 12-year tenure at Sun Microsystems. In those positions, Mr. Cobar had management and executive responsibilities for engineering, operations and the creation and execution of new markets for network-based thin client technology. In June 1980, Mr. Cobar joined Xerox Corporation for nine years driving multiple engineering and operations initiatives. Mr. Cobar received a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from San Jose State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

J. Dodson

Mr. J. Michael Dodson is Lead Independent Director of Sigma Designs Inc. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2013 and as our Lead Independent Director since January 2014. Mr. Dodson has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Mattson Technology, Inc. (“Mattson”), a semiconductor wafer processing equipment manufacturing company, since October 2012 having joined Mattson in October 2011 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2011. In May 2016, Mattson was acquired by Beijing E-Town Dragon Semiconductor Industry Investment Center (Limited Partnership) (“E-Town Dragon”), and Mr. Dodson has continued to serve as Chief Financial Officer of Mattson Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of E-Town Dragon. Prior to joining Mattson, Mr. Dodson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at DDi Corp., a provider of printed circuit board engineering and manufacturing services, from January 2010 until October 2011. Before joining DDi Corp., Mr. Dodson served as the CFO for three global public technology companies and Chief Accounting Officer for an S&P 500 company. Mr. Dodson started his career with Ernst & Young. Mr. Dodson received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Dodson’s public company financial and operational experience enables him to provide our Company with valuable financial, accounting and executive insights. In addition, Mr. Dodson’s experience within the semiconductor industry provides additional industry experience that can assist the Board in managing the strategic direction of our Company. Finally, Mr. Dodson’s recent experience in the sale of Mattson Technology to E-Town Dragon, a company based in China, enables him to bring a current perspective on cross-border business transactions and other related matters, as a significant portion of our business takes place in Asia.

Martin Manniche

Mr. Martin Manniche is Independent Director of the Company. Martin Manniche has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2014. Mr. Manniche is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GreenWave Systems Inc., a technology development and services company, which he co-founded in September 2009. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer at Cisco Consumer Business Group from September 2005 to September 2009. Mr. Manniche also serves on the board of Telechips; a Kosdaq listed company, and has also previously held board positions at Analogix Semiconductor, Inc., Avega Systems Inc. and KiSS Technology A/S. Mr. Manniche received a degree in Business from Lyngby Uddannelsescenter in Denmark. Mr. Manniche’s industry experience enables him to provide valuable insight that will assist the Board in managing the strategic direction of our Company. In addition, Mr. Manniche’s experience at both established and start-up companies, in addition to service on other company boards, will be valuable as we shape our plans for future growth and profitability.

Pete Thompson

Mr. Pete Thompson is Independent Director of the company. Pete Thompson has served as a member of our Board of Directors since December 2013. Mr. Thompson has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of TiVo Corporation, a consumer entertainment company, since September 2016. Prior to TiVo, Mr. Thompson served as Vice President of Strategic Partnering of Sonos, Inc., a consumer electronics company, from September 2015 to September 2016. From September 2013 to September 2015, Mr. Thompson served as the Senior Vice President of the TV & Media Division at Ericsson Corporation. Prior to Ericsson, Mr. Thompson held a variety of executive positions with Microsoft Corporation from January 2006 to September 2013, including Corporate Vice President of Mediaroom Business Unit, General Manager of Xbox Live, and General Manager of Surface. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Thompson held management positions at T-Mobile USA and Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Thompson previously served on the Board of Directors of Seawell Networks, a Canadian-based company, until it was acquired by Arris Group, Inc. in April 2014. Mr. Thompson currently serves on the board of directors of E.W. Scripps Company, a broadcasting company. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from the University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mr. Thompson’s market awareness, knowledge and experience enable him to provide valuable insight to our Company. In addition, his diverse industry background and leadership experience, including operating large business units, will help drive our growth strategy in parallel with our efforts to operate profitably.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Thinh Tran

1,414,630

Elias Nader

742,959

Sal Cobar

640,113

J. Dodson

--

Martin Manniche

--

Pete Thompson

--
As Of  31 Jan 2017

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