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Synaptics Inc (SYNA.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Francis Lee

65 2009 Independent Chairman of the Board

Richard Bergman

53 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Wajid Ali

44 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

John McFarland

50 2013 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Kevin Barber

57 2017 Senior Vice President and General Manager - Mobile Division

Huibert Verhoeven

49 2017 Senior Vice President and General Manager - IoT

Mark Wadlington

56 2017 Senior Vice President - Worldwide Sales

Hing Chung Wong

62 2010 Senior Vice President - World Wide Operations

Shawn Liu

53 2017 Vice President and General Manager - PC Division

Keith Geeslin

64 2017 Lead Independent Director

Jeffrey Buchanan

61 2016 Independent Director

Nelson Chan

56 2017 Independent Director

Russell Knittel

67 2011 Independent Director

Richard Sanquini

82 1994 Independent Director

James Whims

62 2007 Independent Director

Jennifer Jarman

Investor Relations Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Francis Lee

Mr. Francis F. Lee serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of Synaptics Incorporated. Mr. Lee served as Chief Executive Officer of our company from December 1998 until July 2009 and as President of our company from December 1998 to July 2008. Mr. Lee was a consultant from August 1998 to November 1998. From May 1995 until July 1998, Mr. Lee served as General Manager of NSM, a Hong Kong-based joint venture between National Semiconductor Corporation and S. Megga. Mr. Lee held a variety of executive positions for National Semiconductor from 1988 until August 1995. These positions included Vice President of Communication and Computing Group, Vice President of Quality and Reliability, Director of Standard Logic Business Unit, and various other operations and engineering management positions. Mr. Lee is a member of the Board of Directors of Adesto Technologies, a NASDAQ Global Select Market-listed company, which develops innovative, low-power memory solutions. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. We believe Mr. Lee’s service for more than 10 years as our Chief Executive Officer gives him invaluable insights into our business, our culture, our personnel, our opportunities, and our challenges and provides the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experiences that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Richard Bergman

Mr. Richard A. Bergman is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Synaptics Incorporated. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Bergman was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Micro Devices (“AMD”) Product Group from May 2009 to September 2011. From October 2006 to May 2009, Mr. Bergman served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of AMD’s Graphics Product Group. Mr. Bergman’s career at AMD began in October 2006 when AMD acquired ATI Technologies (“ATI”), where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PC Group. Prior to ATI, Mr. Bergman served as Chief Operating Officer at S3 Graphics, a division of SonicBlue Inc. Mr. Bergman has held senior level management positions in the technology field since his early roles at Texas Instruments, Inc. and IBM. Mr. Bergman is a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of Maxwell Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery solutions. Mr. Bergman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Wajid Ali

Mr. Wajid Ali is a Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Synaptics Incorporated. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Ali was Vice President and Controller of Teledyne from 2012 to 2015, after previously serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Teledyne DALSA, Inc., a Teledyne Technologies subsidiary from 2011 to 2012, and as Chief Financial Officer of Teledyne DALSA’s predecessor, DALSA Corporation, a public semiconductor company, from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Ali also held various key financial management positions at ATI Technologies prior to its acquisition by Advanced Micro Devices (“AMD”), after which Mr. Ali held a key financial management position at AMD. Mr. Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from York University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and a CPA, CMA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, Canada.

John McFarland

Mr. John McFarland serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Synaptics Incorporated. Prior to joining our company, Mr. McFarland served for nine years as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of MagnaChip Semiconductor. Mr. McFarland spent his early career at law firms in Palo Alto, California, and Seoul, Korea. Mr. McFarland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies, conferred with highest distinction from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.

Kevin Barber

Mr. Kevin D. Barber is Senior Vice President and General Manager - Mobile Division of Synaptics Incorporated. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Barber was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Smart Display division of our company from January 2011 to July 2017. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Barber was the Chief Executive Officer of ACCO Semiconductor from 2008 to 2010. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Barber served as a principal consultant at PRTM focused on the electronics industry. Mr. Barber was Senior Vice President, General Manager of the Mobile Solutions business at Skyworks Solutions from 2003 to 2006 where he was responsible for delivering innovative RF products to the mobile industry. Mr. Barber was Senior Vice President of Operations at Skyworks Solutions from 2002 to 2003 and Conexant Systems from 2001 to 2002. Previously, Mr. Barber held various senior operations positions at Conexant Systems and Rockwell Semiconductor. Mr. Barber holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Huibert Verhoeven

Mr. Huibert J. Verhoeven is Senior Vice President and General Manager - IoT Division of the Company. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Verhoeven was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Human Interface Systems Division of our company from August 2014 to July 2017. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Verhoeven was Vice President and General Manager of the Flash Components Division at LSI Corporation from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Verhoeven served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Mixed Signal Systems group for Intersil Corporation from 2008 to 2013. Prior to Intersil, Mr. Verhoeven held design engineering and design management positions at National Semiconductor Corporation. Mr. Verhoeven holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University, The Netherlands.

Mark Wadlington

Mr. Mark Wadlington is a Senior Vice President - Worldwide Sales of the Company. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Wadlington was Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Consumer Division at Lattice Semiconductor from 2016 to 2017 and Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Sales from 2013 to 2016. Prior to Lattice, Mr. Wadlington was Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (“AMCC”) from 2011 to 2012. Prior to AMCC, Mr. Wadlington served as the Vice President of America’s Sales at Xilinx, Vice President of Worldwide MCP (media communications processor) Sales at NVIDIA, and held various senior-level positions at LSI Logic during his 21-year tenure there, including serving as LSI Logic’s Vice President of Worldwide Semiconductor Sales. Mr. Wadlington holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Ohio Institute of Technology.

Hing Chung Wong

Mr. Hing Chung Wong is a Senior Vice President - World Wide Operations of Synaptics Incorporated. Mr. Wong served as Vice President of Worldwide Operations of our company from September 2006 to July 2010. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Wong served our company as Managing Director of Hong Kong and Director of Operations. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Wong held various management positions with National Semiconductor Corporation, including General Manager for National Joint Ventures in China and Hong Kong and Director of Corporate Business Development. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University at Northridge and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of East Asia, Macau.

Shawn Liu

Mr. Shawn Liu is a Vice President and General Manager - PC Division of the Company. Mr. Liu joined Synaptics in November 2012 as our Vice President of ThinTouch Products in the Human Interface Systems Division, and then rotated through senior leadership positions in the Smart Display Division and Biometrics Product Division within Synaptics. From January 2011 to November 2012, he was a Director at Apple, where he led an Engineering Program Management team responsible for technologies in Mac and iOS products. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Liu held senior positions at AMD/ATI and Cadence. Early in his career, Mr. Liu spent several years in Taiwan in various managerial capacities including a business development position at a wireless chipset start-up, and held various design engineering positions at SGI, LSI Logic and VLSI Technology. Mr. Liu holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree, both in Electrical Engineering, from Cornell University.

Keith Geeslin

Mr. Keith B. Geeslin is Lead Independent Director of Synaptics Incorporated. Mr. Geeslin has been a General Partner of Francisco Partners, a firm specializing in structured investments in technology companies undergoing strategic, technological, and operational inflection points, since January 2004. From 2001 until October 2003, Mr. Geeslin served as Managing General Partner of the Sprout Group, a venture capital firm, with which he became associated in 1984. In addition, Mr. Geeslin served as a general or limited partner in a series of investment funds associated with the Sprout Group, a division of DLJ Capital Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Credit Suisse (USA), Inc. Mr. Geeslin is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of CommVault Systems, Inc., a public company that provides data management software. Mr. Geeslin formerly served on the Board of Directors of Blue Coat Systems, Inc., formerly a public company, that provides hardware and software products to secure and accelerate delivery of business applications over wide area networks and the Internet, and Hypercom Corp., formerly a public company, that designs, manufactures, and sells electronic payment solutions. Mr. Geeslin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering and Economic Systems from Stanford University, and a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. We believe Mr. Geeslin’s long career at leading private equity and venture capital firms with a focus on investments in high-technology companies, his service on multiple boards of directors, and his engineering background provide the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experiences that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Jeffrey Buchanan

Mr. Jeffrey D. Buchanan serves as Independent Director of Synaptics Incorporated. Mr. Buchanan has been the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, a NASDAQ Global Select Market-listed company that is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, since January 2011. Mr. Buchanan became the Chief Administrative Officer of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation in May 2015. Mr. Buchanan also served as Secretary of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation from January 2011 until April 2012, and as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation from November 2004 until December 2010. He was Of Counsel to the law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP from May 2010 until December 2010. Mr. Buchanan served as a Senior Managing Director of CKS Securities, LLC, a registered broker-dealer, from August 2009 until May 2010 and as a Senior Managing Director of Alare Capital Securities, L.L.C., a registered broker-dealer, from November 2006 until July 2009. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Buchanan was principal of Echo Advisors, Inc., a corporate consulting and advisory firm focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and strategic planning. Mr. Buchanan served in various positions for Three-Five Systems, Inc., a publicly traded electronic manufacturing services company, including as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer, from May 1996 until February 2005. Mr. Buchanan was a business attorney for the law firm of O’Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Killingsworth & Beshears from 1986 until 1996 and for the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP from 1984 until 1986. He was a senior staff person at Deloitte & Touche LLP from 1982 to 1984. Mr. Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Laws degree in Tax from the University of Florida.

Nelson Chan

Mr. Nelson C. Chan is an Independent Director of Synaptics Incorporated. From December 2006 until August 2008, Mr. Chan served as the Chief Executive Officer of Magellan Corporation, a leader in the consumer, survey, GIS, and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets. From 1992 through 2006, Mr. Chan served in various senior management positions with SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory cards, including most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Business. From 1983 to 1992, Mr. Chan held marketing and engineering positions at Chips and Technologies, Signetics, and Delco Electronics. Mr. Chan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Outerwall Inc., a NASDAQ Global Select Market-listed company, which is a provider of automated retail solutions offering convenient services that make life easier for consumers and drive incremental traffic and revenue for retailers, the Lead Independent Director of Adesto Technologies low-power memory solutions, and a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee of Deckers Outdoor Corporation, a footwear, apparel and accessories designer and distributor. Mr. Chan was a member of the Board of Directors of Silicon Laboratories, Inc., a NASDAQ Global Select Market-listed company, which is a fabless, analog-intensive mixed-signal semiconductor company from 2007 to 2010, and a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee of Affymetrix, a company which developed, manufactured and sold products and services for genetic analysis to the life science research and clinical healthcare markets from 2010 to 2016, prior to its acquisition by Thermo Fisher. Mr. Chan also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of several private companies. Mr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University

Russell Knittel

Mr. Russell J. Knittel serves as Independent Director of Synaptics Incorporated. Mr. Knittel served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of our company from October 2010 through September 2011, and as Executive Vice President of our company from July 2007 to October 2010. Mr. Knittel served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer of our company from November 2001 through September 2009; as Senior Vice President of our company from November 2001 until July 2007; and as Vice President of Administration and Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary of our company from April 2000 through October 2001. Mr. Knittel is a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee of Quest Resource Holding Corporation, a NASDAQ Global Select Market-listed company that provides waste management and recycling services programs. Mr. Knittel also serves as a director of Source Photonics, a privately held company. Mr. Knittel served as a director of MarineMax, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company that is the nation’s largest recreational boat dealer, from June 2009 to February 2014, and as a director of OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a former public company, that designed, manufactured, and distributed solid-state drives and computer components, from June 2010 to August 2014. Mr. Knittel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from California State University at Fullerton and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. We believe Mr. Knittel’s service as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of our company and his board service at other companies provide the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experiences that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Richard Sanquini

Mr. Richard L. Sanquini serves as Independent Director of Synaptics Incorporated. Mr. Sanquini is presently a Partner at LiteCAP, a private equity firm, and has been a consultant in the semiconductor industry for more than five years. Mr. Sanquini is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of PortalPlayer, Inc., formerly a public company that developed the silicon and operating system firmware for the Apple iPod, and was acquired by NVIDIA Corporation in January 2007. Mr. Sanquini retired from National Semiconductor in 1999 after a 20-year tenure, where he managed key business units, including microprocessors and microcontrollers, served as Chief Technology Officer, managed business development and intellectual property protection, and was Chairman of the Board of Directors for two China joint ventures. Prior to National Semiconductor, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Information Storage Devices and in various executive positions at RCA. Mr. Sanquini is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pixelworks Inc., a NASDAQ Global Select Market-listed company that designs, develops, and markets video and pixel processing semiconductors and software for digital video applications, and is on the Boards of Directors of two private companies: R2 Semiconductor and Keyssa. Mr. Sanquini previously served on the Board of Directors of Validity Sensors, Inc., or Validity, which we acquired in fiscal 2014. Mr. Sanquini holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Wisconsin. We believe that Mr. Sanquini’s long career and executive positions with numerous high-technology companies, his engineering background, his knowledge and experience in the semiconductor industry, and his service on numerous boards of directors provide the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experiences that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

James Whims

Mr. James L. Whims serves as Independent Director of Synaptics Incorporated. Mr. Whims has been a partner at Alsop-Louie Partners, a venture capital firm focused on identifying promising entrepreneurs, since February 2010. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Whims was a Managing Director of Techfund Capital l, LP and Techfund Capital II, LP and since 2001, a Managing Director and Venture Partner at Techfund Capital Europe, which are venture capital firms concentrating on high-technology enterprises. Mr. Whims also serves on the Board of Directors of numerous private companies, including DigiLens, Phizzle, Twitch TV, and Keyssa. Mr. Whims was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of THQ, Inc., a formerly NASDAQ Global Select Market-listed independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. Mr. Whims was Executive Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment of America from 1994 to 1996, where he was responsible for the North American launch of the Playstation and was the winner of the Brandweek/Ad Week marketing executive of the year. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Whims was Executive Vice President of Software Toolworks. Mr. Whims co-founded Worlds of Wonder, an American toy company that launched Teddy Ruxpin, Lazer Tag and the United States launch of Nintendo, where he was an executive from 1985 to 1988. Mr. Whims holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. We believe Mr. Whims’ senior executive positions with major companies, his experience as an investor in high-technology companies, his service as a director of multiple companies, and his expertise in e-communications and marketing provide the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experiences that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Jennifer Jarman

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