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Wallace C. Kou
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Kou founded Silicon Motion in 1995 and has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since our founding. Prior to founding Silicon Motion, Mr. Kou was the Vice President and Chief Architect at the Multimedia Products Division of Western Digital Corporation, which developed graphics processors for notebook PCs and was sold to Philips Semiconductor in 1995. Before Western Digital, Mr. Kou worked for Wyse Technology. Mr. Kou has a BS in Electrical & Control Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and an MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Riyadh Lai
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Lai joined us in April 2007 from ING Corporate Finance, Asia, where he was the Head of the Technology Group. Previously, he was also an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO and finance manager at PepsiCo in Hong Kong and New York. Mr. Lai has twenty years of financial management and M&A transaction experience. He has a BA in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.

Nelson S. Duann
Senior Vice President of Marketing and R&D, Mobile Storage and Director
Mr. Duann became our Senior Vice President of marketing and R&D for mobile storage in November 2018. He joined Silicon Motion in August 2007 as a product marketing director and R&D team leader. Mr. Duann has almost 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in product design, development and marketing. Prior to Silicon Motion, he worked for Sun Microsystems Inc., focusing on UltraSPARC microprocessor projects. He has an MS in Communications Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Sangwoo Han
Senior VP and General Manager, Mobile Communications
Mr. Han became the General Manager of our Mobile Communications product line in July 2008. He was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at FCI, a company that we acquired in April 2007. Mr. Han joined FCI in 2003 and had been in charge of product design, development, production and marketing. In 1997, he co-founded RF Solutions Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, which became the Anadigics Wireless LAN Center of Excellence. Mr. Han has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Xueshi Yang
Senior VP and General Manager, Shannon Systems
Dr. Yang joined us in July 2015 as General Manager of Shannon Systems, our enterprise SSD product line, following our acquisition of this business.  He co-founded Shannon Systems in 2011 and as CEO, led the development and commercialization of enterprise-grade PCIe SSDs that were the industry’s first in terms of storage capacity and scalability, ultra-low latency and low-power envelope.  Prior to Shannon, Dr. Yang was the chief architect at Marvell of its first generations of SSD controllers, a research staff at Seagate and postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China. Dr. Yang has more than 100 US patents granted or pending relating to SSDs.

Arthur Yeh
VP of Sales, Mobile Storage
Mr. Yeh has served as our Vice President in charge of our mobile storage sales since November 2004. Mr. Yeh has over 20 years of sales experience managing marketing strategies, including product promotions and sales activities for semiconductor products. Mr. Yeh previously served in management positions at VIA Technologies for 10 years and joined us in 2004. Mr. Yeh holds an MS degree in Management Business Administration from the National Chung Hsing University, in Taiwan.

Robert Fan
President of SMI USA
Mr. Fan has served as President of SMI USA in charge of Silicon Motion’s business operations in the Americas and Europe since November 2016. He also oversees corporate marcom and PR efforts as well as the graphics business. Mr. Fan has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience and joined Silicon Motion in May 2013 as Vice President and General Manager of SMI USA. Prior to Silicon Motion, Mr. Fan served in executive management roles at Spansion, IDT, Staktek, Berkana Wireless (acquired by Qualcomm) and Resonext (acquired by RF Micro Devices). He also spent over nine years at Intel in sales, marketing and management positions. Mr. Fan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and MSEE from Santa Clara University, and completed the General Management Executive Program at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas. 

John (Chun-O) Kim
VP of Sales, Mobile Communications
Mr. Kim became the Vice President of our Mobile Communications product line in July 2008. He was formerly the Vice President of Sales at FCI, a company that we acquired in April 2007. Mr. Kim joined FCI in 2006 and had previously served in management positions at Hewlett-Packard’s semiconductor division (now Avago Technologies) and as a CEO of a private company. Mr. Kim has over 16 years of semiconductor sales leadership experience, including managing marketing strategies, product promotions and sales activities. He has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Ajou University in Korea.

David Yu
VP of Sales & Marketing, Shannon Systems
Mr. Yu joined us in July 2015 as VP of Sales & Marketing of Shannon Systems, our enterprise SSD product line, following our acquisition of this business.  He joined Shannon Systems in 2014 and has been instrumental in managing its rapid sales growth.  Previously and for over 10 years, he held sales leadership positions at Infineon and RF Micro Devices in China. He holds an MS in Management from the University of Ottawa and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China.

Leander Yu
VP of Sales & Marketing, Bigtera
Mr. Yu joined us in July 2017 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Bigtera, our software-defined storage (SDS) product line, following our acquisition of this business. He founded Bigtera in 2012 to provide enterprise-class SDS to the Greater China market. Prior to Bigtera, Mr. Yu was a senior architect at Trend Micro and its subsidiary TCloud Computing and responsible for the design of software solutions including cloud storage products. He has a BS in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Taiwan University.

Ken Chen
VP of Operations
Mr. Chen has served as our Vice President in charge of operations since November 2003. Mr. Chen has over 20 years of manufacturing and operations experience in the semiconductor industry, managing supply chain and virtual manufacturing systems including wafer fabrication, mask tooling, as well as assembly and testing. Mr. Chen previously served in management positions at Faraday Technology and UMC, and joined us in 2003. Mr. Chen has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan and an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

Kevin Yeh
VP of R&D, Algorithm & Technology
Mr. Yeh became our Vice President of research and development in August 2012. He joined Silicon Motion in September 2003 as a product marketing director, before leading our Algorithm and Technology R&D team. Mr. Yeh has more than 20 years of experience in semiconductor product design, development and marketing. Prior to Silicon Motion, Mr. Yeh worked in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Neo Magic, VLSI Technology and LSI. Mr. Yeh holds a BS degree in Control Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and an MS degree in Electronic Engineering from Syracuse University. .

John (Jong Ryul) Lee
VP of R&D, Mobile Communications
Mr. Lee became the Vice President of our Mobile Communications product line in July 2008. He was formerly the Vice President of R&D at FCI, a company that we acquired in April 2007. Mr. Lee joined FCI in 2000 and had been in charge of product design, development, production and quality systems. In 2013, he became a director of the Semiconductor & Device Society of The Institute of Electronics Engineers of Korean (IEEK). He was previously a senior engineer at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in Korea. Mr. Lee has a BS and an MS in Electronics Engineering from Chung Ang University in Korea.

Derek Zhou
VP of R&D, Shannon Systems
Mr. Zhou joined us in July 2015 as VP of R&D of Shannon Systems, our enterprise SSD product line, following our acquisition of this business. He co-founded Shannon Systems in 2011 with Dr. Yang and as CTO, managed the development of enterprise-grade PCIe SSDs that were the industry’s first in terms of storage capacity and scalability, ultra-low latency and low-power envelope.  Prior to Shannon, he was a senior ASIC design engineer with 10 years of experience at Nvidia and Chrontel.  He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China.

Jason Chiang
VP of HR and Administration and Special Assistant to CEO
Mr. Chiang joined Silicon Motion in 2002 and has been serving as our Vice President of HR and Administration and Special Assistant to our CEO since 2005. Mr. Chiang has more than 18 years of finance and business administration experience. Prior to Silicon Motion, Mr. Chiang was a Director at Concord Venture Capital. Mr. Chiang has a BS in Economics from National Taiwan University and an MS in Business Administration from the University of Rochester.

Frank Shu
VP of R&D, Verification Engineering & Compatibility Test
Mr. Shu has served as our Vice President of R&D, Verification Engineering & Compatibility Test since September 2013. He joined us in July 2012 as Vice President of SSD System Technology. Mr. Shu has more than 20 years of experience in the storage and PC system industry. Before joining Silicon Motion, Mr. Shu was the VP of R&D in charge of SSD testing at Allion Labs. Mr. Shu also worked for Microsoft and played a key role in defining and developing the software storage stack for the Windows operating system. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Shu worked for Fujitsu, Seagate and Everex. Mr. Shu has a BS in Electronic Engineering from Nanjing Aeronautical Institute in China and an MS in Computer Science from the Oregon Graduate Institution of Science & Technology.

Mike Jing
VP of IT
Mr. Jing became our Vice President of IT in August 2016. He joined Silicon Motion in January 2003 and currently leads our IT/MIS team. Prior to Silicon Motion, he worked for Teradyne. Mr. Jing has almost 30 years of experience in software development and IT management and holds a BS and MS in Computer Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and an MS in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.