Board of Directors
Ronald S. Jankov
We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and member of the Xilinx Board of Directors, Ronald S. Jankov. Ron was a talented tech entrepreneur and executive for over 35 years. He will be missed.
Dennis SegersChairman of the Board of Xilinx, Inc.
Mr. Segers joined the Board in October 2015 and was named Chairman of the Board in November 2015. He works as a technology consultant and strategy advisor to companies in a variety of technology markets. Mr. Segers currently also serves on the board of Parade Technologies, Ltd., a publicly-traded fabless semiconductor company. Previously, he was CEO of Tabula, Inc., an innovative programmable logic solutions provider, delivering breakthrough capabilities for challenging systems applications. Prior to Tabula, he served as president, CEO and a director of Matrix Semiconductor, a pioneer of three-dimensional integrated circuits, a first in the history of semiconductor technology. At Matrix, Mr. Segers oversaw the transition of the company from the early technology feasibility phase to high volume production, culminating in the acquisition of the company by SanDisk in January 2006. From 1994 through 2001, Mr. Segers was an employee of Xilinx, serving in a variety of leadership roles including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the FPGA product groups.
Mr. Segers has extensive experience serving in executive management and on boards of directors of companies in the semiconductor industry. As a result of his experience, Mr. Segers is able to provide important strategic perspectives on the semiconductor industry and issues facing semiconductor companies.Financial ExpertIndependent DirectorChairman of the Board
Raman K. Chitkara
Mr. Chitkara joined the Board in August 2018. From 1984 until his retirement in June 2018, Mr. Chitkara worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), a public accounting firm, where he served as its Global Technology Industry Leader and previously served as the firm’s Global Semiconductor Industry Leader. During his tenure at PwC, he held a number of additional leadership positions, including membership of the Audit Quality Board and Leader of the Global Assurance TICE (Technology, Information, Communication, Entertainment and Media) Practice. Mr. Chitkara also serves on the boards of SiTime Corporation, a supplier of silicon timing solutions, and several private companies.
Mr. Chitkara’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his extensive experience with public and financial accounting matters for complex global organizations. His financial experience enables Mr. Chitkara to contribute meaningfully to the Board’s role in the oversight of our financial reporting, accounting and executive compensation practices. In addition, Mr. Chitkara’s extensive knowledge of the technology sector and semiconductor industry bring valuable insight to the Company’s strategic plans and investments.Financial ExpertIndependent Director
Mr. Gillai joined the Board in May 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in the technology sector and currently advises startups focused on the communications and enterprise space. Mr. Gillai was the Chief Executive Officer of Teridion Inc., a cloud routing optimization company, from October 2017 through December 2019. From September 2015 until November 2016, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s Communications Solutions Business. From October 2012 until September 2015, Mr. Gillai served as Senior Vice President, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Cloud business of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). From May 2010 until October 2012, Mr. Gillai served as Vice President, Advanced Technology Group and Chief Technology Officer of HP Networking. Prior to HP, Mr. Gillai was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Products and Solutions for 3Com Corporation, which was acquired by HP in 2010. Mr. Gillai also has held senior management positions in engineering with Tropos Networks Inc., a provider of wireless mesh products, and senior management positions in product development and operations with Enfora, Inc., a wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) company. In addition, Mr. Gillai served for seven years in a variety of leadership positions with Cisco Systems, Inc., including as Vice President of Engineering for Cisco’s Wireless Networking business unit. Mr. Gillai also serves on the boards of Semtech Corporation, a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, and Liquid Instruments (as Chair), a privately-held provider of software-based test and measurement equipment.
Mr. Gillai brings to the Board over 20 years of leadership and management experience in product development, engineering, operations and general management with a variety of technology companies. Through this experience, he has gained both technical expertise and strategic insights into a variety of key markets and applications which the Company serves, as well as in-depth understanding of the evolution and adoption of cloud technologies and processes in the enterprise and service provider market.Financial ExpertIndependent Director
Ronald S. Jankov
Mr. Jankov Mr. Jankov joined the Board in May 2016. He is Chief Executive Officer of GlobalLink1 Capital, an investment firm he founded in 2014. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Jankov served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Processors and Wireless Infrastructure for Broadcom Corporation. From 2000 to 2012, Mr. Jankov was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., a fabless provider of semiconductors for networking applications. Under Mr. Jankov’s leadership, NetLogic grew from start-up, through an IPO to market leadership in network processing devices, culminating in the company’s acquisition by Broadcom for $3.7 billion. Mr. Jankov has also held executive management positions with NeoMagic Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company, Cyrix Corporation, a developer of microprocessors, and Accell Technology, a semiconductor company he founded that was later acquired by Cyrix. Mr. Jankov also served in senior management at LSI Logic and began his career at Texas Instruments Inc. Mr. Jankov serves on the boards of Knowles Corporation and several private companies.
Mr. Jankov brings to the Board over 35 years of leadership experience in the semiconductor industry and a track record of success growing a business through both organic and inorganic strategies. He has served in senior management roles and on the boards of directors of public and private semiconductor companies. Through his extensive knowledge of the industry, Mr. Jankov brings unique insights that are valuable when evaluating the Company’s product technology, markets and strategic plans and investments.Independent Director
Mr. Peng joined the Company in April 2008 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since January 2018. He joined the Board in October 2017. From April 2017 to January 2018, Mr. Peng served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. From July 2014 to April 2017, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Products. From May 2013 through July 2014, Mr. Peng served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Programmable Platforms Group. From May 2012 through April 2013, he served as Senior Vice President of the Programmable Platforms Group. From November 2008 through April 2012, he served as Senior Vice President of the Programmable Platforms Development Group. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Peng served as Corporate Vice President, Graphics Products Group at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a provider of processing solutions, from November 2005 to April 2008. Prior to joining AMD, Mr. Peng served in a variety of executive engineering positions at companies in the semiconductor and processor industries. Mr. Peng also serves on the board of directors of KLA Corporation, a provider of process control and yield management systems for semiconductor manufacturing.
As CEO, Mr. Peng offers his strategic vision for the Company and provides an important link between management and the Board, enabling the Board to perform its oversight function with the benefit of management’s perspective. Mr. Peng brings extensive experience in management and engineering with semiconductor companies, strategic transactions, and a deep understanding of the Company’s technology, business, customers and key business drivers, as well as the competitive landscape. As a result, Mr. Peng brings a broad range of skills to the Board, particularly in the area of developing and growing semiconductor and software businesses.
Mary Louise (ML) Krakauer
Ms. Krakauer joined the Company’s Board in October 2017. From September 2016 to December 2016, she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Dell Corporation, where she was responsible for global IT, including all operations and integration activity. From January 2016 to September 2016, she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of EMC Corporation. Prior to that she served as Executive Vice President, Business Development, Global Enterprise Services for EMC Corporation from June 2015 to December 2015, and as Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources for EMC Corporation from April 2012 to June 2015, where she was responsible for executive, leadership and employee development, compensation and benefits, staffing and all the people-related aspects of acquisition integration. She joined EMC Corporation in 2008 to lead the global Technology Services & Solutions Business, and also subsequently assumed leadership of the global Managed Services Business. Ms. Krakauer has also held executive general management roles at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Compaq Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Krakauer also serves on the boards of Mercury Systems, Inc., a commercial provider of secure sensor and safety critical mission processing subsystems, and DXC Technology, a leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.
Ms. Krakauer brings to the Board senior leadership, management and operational expertise from her extensive experience gained from serving as an executive at multi-national technology companies. Her knowledge helps the Board shape the Company’s operations and strategic growth plans. Ms. Krakauer also plays a meaningful role in the oversight of the Company’s executive compensation practices.Independent Director
Thomas H. Lee
Dr. Lee joined the Board in May 2016. Dr. Lee is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1994 and founded the Stanford Microwave Integrated Circuits Laboratory. From April 2011 through October 2012, he served as the Director of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He has also co-founded three startups: Matrix Semiconductor, Inc. (acquired by SanDisk), ZeroG Wireless (acquired by Microchip Technology) and Ayla Networks. Dr. Lee received his S.B., S.M. and doctorate of Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has written and co-authored numerous books and papers and is widely recognized for his expertise in high performance analog circuit designs and wireless communications technology. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the United States Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service for his service at DARPA. He was also awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering. He has been granted 65 patents. Dr. Lee also serves on the board of directors of Humatics Corporation, a privately-held company focusing on microlocation technology.
Dr. Lee brings to the Board a unique blend of technical expertise pertaining to many of the technology trends shaping the growth of the markets the Company serves, along with entrepreneurial experience and senior leadership capabilities in creating innovative programs in a variety of defense and military communication markets. His extensive knowledge helps the Board shape the Company’s strategic research and development plans and provides valuable insights into the driving technology trends within the Company’s industry and target markets.Independent Director
Jon A. Olson
Mr. Olson joined the Board in May 2020. Mr. Olson previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company from June 2005 until his retirement in July 2016. While serving as Chief Financial Officer, he also held a variety of other senior management positions at the Company, including most recently as Executive Vice President from May 2014 to July 2016 and, prior to that, Senior Vice President of Finance from August 2006 to May 2014 and Vice President of Finance from June 2005 to August 2006. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Olson spent more than 25 years at Intel Corporation (Intel), serving in a variety of positions from 1979 to 2005, including Vice President of Finance and Enterprise Services and Director of Finance. Mr. Olson also currently serves on each of the board of directors of Kulicke & Soffa, a supplier of semiconductor and electronic assembly solutions and Rocket Lab USA, Inc., a provider of launch and space systems. Mr. Olson served on the board of directors of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (Mellanox), a supplier of computer networking products, from June 2018 until April 2020 when Mellanox was acquired by Nvidia Corporation. He also served on the board of directors of HomeUnion, Inc. (HomeUnion), an online investment management platform dedicated to the residential real estate market, from November 2018 until November 2019 when HomeUnion was acquired by Mynd Property Management. From August 2016 to November 2018, he was an advisor to HomeUnion’s board of directors. Mr. Olson also served on the board of directors of InvenSense, Inc. (InvenSense), a provider of MEMS sensor platforms, from October 2011 until May 2017 when InvenSense was acquired by TDK Corporation.
Mr. Olson’s qualifications include his more than 30 years of experience in senior roles of financial responsibility in the semiconductor industry, together with his track record of growing profitable businesses and his experience at various semiconductor and technology companies.Financial ExpertIndependent Director
Ms. Vanderslice joined the Board in December 2000. Since February 2019, she has served as a partner at Trewstar Corporate Board Services, a search firm specializing in placing women on corporate boards. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Vanderslice served as a general manager of Lycos, Inc. through its acquisition and subsequent reorganization. From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Vanderslice was CEO of Wired Digital, Inc., the online-media division of Wired Ventures, Inc., and a member of the boards of both Wired Digital, Inc. and Wired Ventures, Inc. before leading the company’s acquisition by Lycos, Inc. Prior to joining Wired Digital in early 1995, Ms. Vanderslice served as a principal in the investment banking firm Sterling Payot Company, where she helped raise the capital to launch Wired Magazine, and as Vice President at H.W. Jesse & Co., a San Francisco investment banking firm. She also worked for the IBM Corporation before earning her MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ms. Vanderslice is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and was a member and officer of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization. She also serves as a Trustee of Boston College.
Ms. Vanderslice brings a broad range of skills to the Board from her experience as the CEO and board member of an innovative internet access and original content provider and an investment banker. In addition to her academic and professional background in computer science and systems engineering, Ms. Vanderslice contributes to the Board’s understanding of the Company’s sales and marketing efforts and engineering management, and her experience in mergers and acquisitions is valuable to the Board in evaluating strategic transactions.Independent Director