Leadership

Ronald Black, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer

Joining Rambus in mid-2012 as president and CEO, Dr. Ron Black has fostered a more open and collaborative environment at Rambus. With over 20 years of experience managing businesses and running companies in global semiconductor and mobile markets, Ron brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Rambus and provides the overall vision and leadership necessary to drive future growth. Before joining Rambus, Ron was the chief executive officer for MobiWire (formerly Sagem Wireless, UPEK, which later merged with AuthenTec) and Wavecom, a publicly traded French wireless solutions company. Ron has also served as executive vice president of the Client Systems Group at Agere Systems and has held a number of senior executive roles at other companies, including Motorola and IBM Microelectronics.

Ron holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.

Kevin Donnelly, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Memory and Interfaces

Kevin Donnelly, senior vice president and general manager of the Memory and Interface Division, leads the development of Rambus’ core technologies - innovative memory architectures and high-speed serial links. Joining Rambus in 1993, Kevin has also held the positions of senior vice president of both IP Strategy and Engineering and vice president of the Logic Interface division. Kevin started his career at Rambus as a circuit designer and manager and, as a Rambus inventor, now holds numerous patents in the areas of high-speed clocking and I/O circuits. Before Rambus, Kevin held engineering positions at National Semiconductor, Sipex and Memorex.

Kevin has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.

Craig Hampel, Chief Scientist, Memory and Interface Division

Craig Hampel is Chief Scientist, focusing on memory and system architectures for Rambus. Craig has extensive experience in the memory industry, having led engineering efforts for Rambus’ interface designs that have enabled highly successful products across computing, communications and consumer electronics. Craig’s development of memory solutions at Rambus spans more than 20 years and he is an inventor on nearly 200 patents in the area of high-speed memory and interface technology, with such inventions playing fundamental role in advancements in 3D realism across a number of gaming platforms. In 2009, Craig was named Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association for Memory Advancements in Gaming and Computing.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.

Jae Kim, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Jae Kim is Rambus’ senior vice president and general counsel. Jae joined Rambus in July 2010, and assumed the role of general counsel in 2013. Before he came to Rambus, Jae was a senior legal counsel at both private and public companies, where he was responsible for compliance, intellectual property, commercial transactions, and litigation. Jae also has experience in private practice with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, advising high tech and emerging growth companies on mergers and acquisitions, private financings, public offerings, securities compliance, public company reporting and corporate governance. Jae began his legal career as an attorney with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance, in Washington, DC.

Jae is a member of both the California State Bar and New York State Bar, received a JD from the American University, Washington College of Law, and his bachelor's degree from Boston University.

Paul Kocher, Chief Scientist, Cryptography Research Division

Paul Kocher is Chief Scientist, focused on security architectures and strategies for the Cryptography Research division. Paul is an expert in cryptography and has an international reputation for his research and innovative designs. His past accomplishments include discovering timing attacks and differential power analysis (including techniques for preventing against these vulnerabilities), helping author the widely used and popular SSL 3.0 standard, and leading the design of the record breaking DES Key Search machine. More recently, Paul has focused on developing anti-piracy technologies for securing digital content. Paul was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009 and, before founding CRI, held positions at RSA Security and was a founding member of Valicert, Inc. (now Tumbleweed).

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University.

Jerome Nadel, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Jerome Nadel is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Rambus. Jerome joined the company in 2012 and is responsible for helping implement Rambus’ open and collaborative culture, both internally and externally. Jerome has expertise in strategic usability and user experience and he has extensive international business strategy and marketing. Before coming to Rambus, Jerome was at Option NV, where he was the chief experience officer leading the user experience process from research and innovation to implementation, marketing, and sales. Prior to Option NV, Jerome was executive vice president of user experience and marketing at MobiWire, chief experience officer at Human Factors International, marketing VP at Gemplus and CMO at SLP InfoWare.

Jerome has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational and Human Factors Psychology from Kansas State University.

Satish Rishi, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Satish Rishi is the vice president of Finance and chief financial officer. Before joining Rambus in 2006, Satish was the executive vice president of Finance and chief financial officer of Toppan Photomasks. Satish has also held senior financial management positions at semiconductor and electronic manufacturing companies and has been the vice president and assistant treasurer at Dell Computer. Satish also spent 13 years at Intel, holding financial management positions both in the US and overseas.

Satish holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Delhi University, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Michael Schroeder, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities

Mike Schroeder is Rambus’ senior vice president of Human Resources and Facilities. He is responsible for implementing and maintaining the open and collaborative culture at Rambus. Before Rambus, Mike was the vice president of Human Resources for Digital Think and prior to that held a variety of positions at Synopsys, most recently as vice president, Human Resources for Business Group Operations. Mike’s experience also includes human resources positions at both Alphabox Corporation and Apple Computer.

Mike attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee as a Russian language major.

Martin Scott, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cryptography Research Division

Martin Scott is the general manager of Cryptography Research Division. Martin joined Rambus in 2007 leading the new business efforts and now leads the company's platform development efforts. He is responsible for Rambus’ long-range research and development. Martin joined Rambus from PMC-Sierra where he was most recently vice president and general manager of their Microprocessor Division. Before PMC, Martin was vice president and general manager for I/O Solutions at Agilent Technologies. He started his professional career at HP Labs, holding a variety of management positions at HP including ASIC Business Unit manager.

Martin earned his bachelor's degree at Rice University and has both a master's degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Luc Seraphin

Luc Seraphin, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations

Luc Seraphin is the senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations. In this role, Luc oversees sales, business development, customer support and operations across the various business units within Rambus. Luc started his career as a field application engineer at NEC and later joined AT&T Bell Labs, which later became Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems (now LSI). During his 18 years at LSI, Luc held several senior positions in sales, marketing and general management, culminating in his last position as executive vice president and general manager of the Wireless Business Unit. Following this, Luc held the position of general manager of a GPS startup company in Switzerland and most recently was vice president of Worldwide Sales and Support at Sequans Communications. During his career, Luc has advised and supported companies in both the product and IP markets.

Luc holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Superieure de Chimie, Physique, Electronique, based in Lyon, France where he majored in Computer Architecture. Luc also holds an MBA from the University of Hartford and has completed the senior executive program of Columbia University.

Laura Stark, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Emerging Solutions Division

Laura Stark is the general manager of the Emerging Solutions Division. In addition to leading the efforts of overall strategy, including M&A activities, Laura leads the company’s platform development efforts. She is responsible for the company’s long-range research and development. Laura joined Rambus in 1996 as strategic accounts manager, and has since held various positions during her tenure, including vice president, Alliances and Infrastructure; vice president, Memory Interface Division; and senior vice president, Platform Solutions Group. Before joining Rambus, Laura held various positions in the Semiconductor Products Division of Motorola, including technical sales engineer for the Apple sales team, and field applications engineer for the Sun Microsystems and SGI sales teams.

Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




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