Bridgelux's board of directors features a high-caliber team of technology, lighting, financial and operations experts who are helping guide the company in its next phase of growth.
Appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bridgelux in February 2013, after serving three years as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Bill Watkins has more than 30 years of experience in the technology manufacturing industry. Before joining Bridgelux, Watkins served as chief executive officer of Seagate Technology, the world's leading disc drive and storage solutions company, from 2004 through January 2009. Prior to the CEO position, he was the company's president and chief operating officer, a position he held since 2000. During that time, he was responsible for the company's hard disc drive operations, including recording heads, media and other components, and related R&D and product-development organizations.
Watkins joined Seagate in 1996 as part of the company's merger with Conner Peripherals. In 1990, Watkins established the Conner Disk Division and managed its success through the merger with Seagate. Prior to joining Conner Peripherals, Watkins held executive positions with Domain Technology, where he managed the MINT (Magnetic Information Technology) disc media manufacturing process. Earlier in his career, he was three times part of the management team that took companies public.
Watkins, 57, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Texas. He currently serves on the board of directors of Maxim Integrated Products, Flextronics and Vertical Circuits Incorporated in addition to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In December, 2006 he was named Knight Commander "Dato" by the Governor of Penang, Malaysia and received Distinguished Friends of Singapore medal from S.R. Nathan, President of Singapore.
As a 20-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, Pete Moran anchors DCM’s investments into semiconductor and component companies. Prior to joining DCM, Moran built his career through several facets of the industry: from semiconductor equipment to semiconductor manufacturing, through management consulting to components distribution. Moran has a track record of outstanding results and exemplary leadership at Arrow Electronics, McKinsey & Co., Hewlett-Packard and KLA Instruments. Moran served on the board and/or advised the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, MIT Semiconductor Program and the TiE Semiconductor SIG Board. Moran received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a ‘Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow,’ and a master’s degree in business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Alan Salzman has been the senior or managing partner of a dozen technology funds since 1988, with management responsibilities for over $5 billion of committed capital and hands-on experience working with and funding more than 300 entrepreneurial companies. He co-founded VantagePoint Capital Partners in 1996 and oversees all aspects of fund management, including development and implementation of overall investment strategy, as well as oversight of investment, divestment and management decisions regarding portfolio companies. For more than a decade he served as Adjunct Professor for Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Companies at Stanford University, serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Climate Group and is active in numerous global clean-technology organizations. Mr. Salzman is a graduate of the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto, Stanford Law School and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Nelson Chan has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries. He joined the Bridgelux Board of Directors in June 2009 as an independent Director. Prior to joining the Bridgelux Board, Chan served as Chief Executive Officer of Magellan, a leader in the consumer, survey, GIS, and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets, from 2006 to 2008. At Magellan, Chan, more than doubled annual revenues from $200 million to over $500 million and drove the business to profitability in 12 months. From 1992 through 2006, he served in various senior management positions at SanDisk Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Business. At SanDisk, Chan helped drive the business from a startup to over $3 billion in annual revenues. He led SanDisk's entry into the retail business and was instrumental in creating its retail presence through a branded product portfolio. That business has grown to over $2 billion in annual revenues in under seven years with products being available through over 250,000 store fronts worldwide. From 1983 to 1992, Chan held marketing and engineering positions at Chips and Technologies, Signetics, and Delco Electronics. Chan currently serves on the Board of Directors for several privately held companies as well as two publicly held companies, Silicon Laboratories Inc. and Synaptics Inc. Chan holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a masters of business administration degree from Santa Clara University.
George de Urioste has more than 30 years of professional experience. He has served on the Boards of public and private companies in a career defined by a range of executive management positions in the technology industry. Since he has served at various times as a CFO, COO and CEO, de Urioste has a keen understanding of the relationship between finance, operations, product development, sales and leadership/vision needed in today’s dynamic business arena. Mr. de Urioste brings significant expertise in international business, M&A, corporate compliance (Sarbanes Oxley), strategic alliances, acquisitions, IPOs, and board of director responsibilities for public and private corporations.
He has public company Board of Directors experience, having recently served as Audit Committee Chairman of Saba Software (SABA) for 3 years. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Montalvo Arts Center, and serves as Audit Committee Chairman. Previously, Mr. de Urioste was interim Chief Operating Officer and interim CFO for Marvell Technology (MRVL), a $3 Billion semiconductor provider of high-performance analog and digital signal processing products for data storage, mobile and video communications. During his CFO tenure, the market capitalization grew from $6 billion to $10 billion. Prior to Marvell, he was the Chief Operating Officer and CFO of Chordiant Software (CHRD), a provider of enterprise software for customer service and marketing processes. Previous to this, he was CEO and Board member for Aeroprise, Inc., a private software company with award winning solutions for mobile IT service management that he co-founded in 2000.
Prior to Aeroprise, Mr. de Urioste was CFO and Vice President of Finance and Operations for Remedy Corporation. In his 6 year tenure at this high-growth enterprise software company, he was a member of the executive team that grew revenues from $2 million to a $200 million run rate and a ~$2 billion market capitalization. Remedy has customers in 70 countries and 15 million users. Mr. de Urioste led Remedy through its IPO; a year later the company was named the #1 Hot Growth Company in America by Business Week.
Mr. de Urioste began his career in 1980 as a CPA for Deloitte & Touche, and over the next decade served in a number of auditor and senior financial analyst and management positions before becoming the CFO of an enterprise software company in 1991. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. de Urioste has attended the Stanford Law School Directors College, an ISS-accredited Boardroom Education Program and numerous Board and Audit Committee conferences.