K. Charles Janac has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and on our board of directors since July 2005, and has served as Chairman of our board of directors since August 2007. Previously, Mr. Janac served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nanomix Inc., an early developer of carbon nanotube based nano electronic sensors, from September 2001 to January 2003. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Janac served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Infinity Capital, an early-stage Venture Capital Firm. Prior to that, Mr. Janac served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Smart Machines, a semiconductor wafer handling robotics firm from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Janac started his high technology career as a co-founder of SDA, Inc., a predecessor company of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a public electronic design automation company. From 1983 to 1992 Mr. Janac held a variety of Finance, Marketing and Sales Positions finally becoming the Vice President of Marketing, Analog Division of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Mr. Janac holds a BS and MS in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry from Tufts University. Mr. Janac also holds an MBA from Stanford School of Business. We believe that Mr. Janac is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his deep knowledge of the business and his experience in the semiconductor IP industry. We believe Mr. Janac’s experience and insight, acquired through his numerous years of service, including as our Chief Executive Officer and President, make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Board of Directors Member
Wayne C. Cantwell serves as our Lead Independent Director and has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2014. Since November 2009, Mr. Cantwell has served as a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Decathlon Capital Partners, a provider of growth-stage capital. Mr. Cantwell has also served as General Partner of Crescendo Ventures, a venture capital firm, since February 2003. Prior to that, from 2003 to 2004, Mr. Cantwell served as Chief Executive Officer of SOISIC SA, a French Semiconductor Licensing Company. Prior to that, from 1999 to 2001, Mr. Cantwell served as Chief Executive Officer of inSilicon Corporation, a semiconductor licensing company. Mr. Cantwell holds a BSEET in Engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology. We believe Mr. Cantwell’s extensive experience in leadership positions at venture capital firms and his knowledge and insight in the technology sector make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Raman K. Chitkara has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2021. Mr. Chitkara also serves as a director of Xilinx, a publicly traded supplier of programmable logic devices, since August 2018 and as a director of SiTime, a publicly traded supplier of silicon timing solutions, since November 2019. Previously, from September 1984 to June 2018, Mr. Chitkara served as a partner and Global Technology Industry Leader at PwC in the United States. Mr. Chitkara holds a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and business management from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, in India. We believe Mr. Chitkara’s extensive accounting expertise and his insights gained as a public company director make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Christian Claussen has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2016. Mr. Claussen has served as a General Partner of Ventech, a French venture capital firm, since June 2013. Previously, from January 2009 to June 2013, Mr. Claussen served as Senior Partner of Omnes Capital, a French venture capital firm. Before that, from March 1998 to December 2008, Mr. Claussen was a General Partner with TVM Techno Venture Management, a venture capital firm. Mr. Claussen holds a joint European diploma (MSc.) in Electrical Engineering from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany, University of Essex in the UK and the Ecole supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique in Paris, France. We believe Mr. Claussen’s extensive experience in leadership positions at venture capital firms and his knowledge and insight in the technology sector make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Board of Directors Member
Isabelle F. Geday has served as our Vice President and General Manager, IP Deployment Division since December 2020. Previously, Ms. Geday founded Magillem in 2006 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from November 2009 until its acquisition by Arteris in November 2020. Prior to that Ms. Geday held various positions as a general manager and CEO in hi tech companies from 1985 to 2006. Ms. Geday holds a degree from Ecole Nationale Superieur d’Ingénieurs en Informatique d’Entreprise and is a Certified Board Member from IFA. We believe Ms. Geday’s experience and insight, acquired through her founding and building Magillem, make her well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Claudia Fan Munce
Board of Directors Member
Claudia Fan Munce has served as a member of the board since May 2022. Ms Munce is a veteran executive with a distinguished 30-year career at IBM culminating with her role as Vice President of Corporate Development. Throughout her tenure at IBM, she held various positions, including executive roles in engineering, IP licensing, and IBM Ventures. Ms. Munce is a venture advisor at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and sits on the board of directors of Best Buy Corporation and the Bank of the West/BNP Paribas. In addition, she is an appointed faculty at Stanford University Graduate School of Business where she lectures on entrepreneurship and new venture formation. She holds a master’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from Santa Clara University School of Engineering and a master’s degree in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, bringing in decades of relevant international public board corporate experience to Arteris IP.
S. Atiq Raza
Board of Directors Member
S. Atiq Raza has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2014. Since June 2014, Mr. Raza has served as the Executive Chairman of Virsec Systems, Inc., a cybersecurity software company. Mr. Raza also serves as an independent director of Weebit Nano, a non-volatile memory company, and as Chairman of the board of directors of both PeerNova, a company applying Blockchain technology to financial data transport, and CloudDefense, a software company that provides security scanning tools. Formerly, Mr. Raza served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., a publicly traded semiconductor company, from January 1996 to October 1999. Mr. Raza holds a BS (Hon) in Physics from the University of the Punjab in Lahore, a BS (Hon) in Electronic Engineering from the University of London, United Kingdom and a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. We believe Mr. Raza’s knowledge and insight, gained through his experience in leading companies in the semiconductor field and technology sector generally, make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Antonio J. Viana has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2016. Mr. Viana is also a non-executive director of BrainChip, an Australian and US based neuro-morphic AI Processor company. In addition to serving on the board of Brainchip, Mr. Viana chairs their Renumeration and Governance Committees. Most recently, Mr. Viana served as the Executive Chairman of QuantalRF, an emerging Swiss RF semiconductor company. In 1999, Mr. Viana joined ARM Holdings, the global leader in semiconductor IP, serving in a number of leadership positions, most notably as the Global Director of the ARM Foundry Program and President of Commercial and Global Development. He was appointed to the ARM executive team as Executive VP of worldwide sales in 2007. At the beginning of 2013, his executive duties were expanded to include all of commercial and global development. Mr. Viana has also worked with Hughes Aircraft, Silicon Graphics, Encore Industries and was Senior VP of worldwide sales at Tensilica Inc. We believe Mr. Viana’s extensive experience in the technology sector makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.