As an investor, you have a unique opportunity to get behind a technology that is just beginning to reach its full potential. Just as touch input changed the way that billions of devices receive input from humans, touch feedback will change the way devices convey information back to us. From mobile phones to wearables, game consoles to automobiles, haptic feedback is enriching the way that people interact with digital technology. And the best is yet to come as content on mobile, video, games and social networks, become richer, more realistic and more personal with haptics. At Immersion, we’re changing the digital world.
Sharon Holt is a valued advisor to technology companies looking to optimize their intellectual property and licensing business strategy, customer engagements, and strategic partnerships. With over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, Sharon brings a proven track record of developing business and partnerships with market-leading technology companies.
From 2004-2012 Sharon was a Senior Vice President at Rambus, a leading technology development and licensing company, where she rose to become General Manager of the $300M Semiconductor Business Group. She also led Rambus’ licensing, business development and marketing functions. During her tenure at Rambus she led her team through 2 successful license renewal cycles amid much turbulence on the legal front, and secured major new licensees, doubling the recurring revenue stream. Sharon restructured the business to fuel future growth, bring more technology solutions to market, and reduce the dependence on legal outcomes. She drove new technology development through organic R&D, partnering, funded research, and acquisition, leading to new solutions in emerging memory technologies, imaging, and heterogeneous computing.
From 1999-2004 Sharon was an executive at Agilent Technologies in the Semiconductor Products Group (now Broadcom), where her last position was Vice President & General Manager of Americas Field Operations, overseeing sales and technical support operations for the $2B semiconductor business, including ASICs, ASSPs, optical and wireless ICs. Prior to that she ran sales operations focused on Agilent’s largest global customers.
From 1986-1999 Sharon worked at HP in Applications Engineering, Sales, and Distribution Channel Management for the Semiconductor Products Group.
Sharon graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Mr. Saltich has served as Chairman of the Board from February 2009 until July 2012, and as a member of the board since January 2002. Mr. Saltich also served as Lead Independent Director from October 2007 to February 2009. He was the Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of Vitex Systems, Inc., a private technology company that develops transparent ultra-thin barrier films for use in the manufacture of next-generation flat panel displays, from January 2006 to April 2011. From July 1999 to August 2005, Mr. Saltich served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Three-Five Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of display systems and provider of electronic manufacturing services. Three-Five Systems, Inc. filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on September 8, 2005. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Saltich served as a Vice President of Advanced Micro Devices, where his last position was General Manager of AMD’s European Microelectronics Center in Dresden, Germany. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Saltich served as Executive Vice President for Applied Micro Circuits Company, a company servicing the high speed telecommunications market. From 1988 to 1991, he was Vice President at VLSI Technology, a semiconductor company. From 1971 to 1988, Mr. Saltich served in a number of capacities with Motorola, Inc. Mr. Saltich currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Atmel Corporation. Mr. Saltich also serves on the board of directors of PlasmaSi, a private company, and on the Manufacturing Advisory Board for Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Mr. Saltich previously served on the board of directors of InPlay Technologies, Inc. from 2007 to 2008, Ramtron International Corporation from 2005 to 2011, Vitex Systems from 2006 to 2011 and Leadis Technology from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Saltich received both a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Carl Schlachte has been a member of the board since June 2011 and was elected Chairman July 2012. In addition, Mr. Schlachte is chairman, president and CEO of Ventiva, Inc., which designs and develops thermal management technologies for consumer applications in mobile computing, power electronics and LED lighting. He is also a director at Peregrine Semiconductor, a global provider of RF semiconductor solutions. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Schlachte was President and CEO of ARC International, a leading provider of multimedia solutions to semiconductor companies worldwide. He has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, including CEO roles at global fabless semiconductor and IP companies and executive positions at Motorola and ARM Holdings plc. Mr. Schlachte received a B.S. from Clemson University.
David Sugishita joined Immersion's board of directors on June 4, 2010. He served as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Atmel Corporation from August 2006 to April 2016, and served as a director of Atmel from February 2004 to April 2016. In addition, Mr. Sugishita was Chairman of both the Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of Atmel. Previously he served on the board of directors of Micro Component Technology, Inc. from 1994 to 2009, Magma Design Automation from 2010 to 2011, and Ditech Networks, Inc. from 2003 to 2012. Mr. Sugishita is retired and previously held various senior financial management positions with SONICblue, Inc. (EVP/CFO), RightWorks (EVP/CFO), Synopsys (SVP/CFO), Actel (SVP/CFO), Micro Component Technology (SVP/CFO), Applied Materials (VP/Corporate Controller), National Semiconductor (VP/Finance), Fairchild Camera & Instrument (Controller) and Intersil (Controller) during the last 40 years . Mr. Sugishita holds a B.S. degree in business administration from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Dan McCurdy joined Quatela Lynch McCurdy LLC, an advisory firm assisting companies in growth strategies that leverage intellectual property, on January 1, 2017. Previously, Dan was Senior Vice President, RPX Corporation from July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. From 2008 through June 2014, he was CEO of Allied Security Trust, and Chairman and CEO of PatentFreedom, the world’s leading source of information on Non-Practicing Entities. In June 2014, PatentFreedom was acquired by RPX.
Previously, Dan was founding CEO of ThinkFire; President of Intellectual Property of Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories; a Vice President of IBM responsible for the creation of its Life Sciences business unit; a Vice President of Ciena Corporation where he directed merger, acquisition and corporate development; Director of Business Development for IBM Research; and Manager of Technology and Intellectual Property Policy for IBM worldwide.
Dan graduated suma cum laude from the University of North Carolina. He served on the Intellectual Property Policy committee of the United States’ national Academics, in 2011 was named CEO of the Year by Intellectual Property magazine, and in 2014 was named one of the 40 most influential “movers and shakers” in IP transactions and acquisitions by Intellectual Asset Magazine.
John Veschi has been a member of the Immersion Board of Directors since February, 2015. In addition, Mr. Veschi is currently the CEO of Marquis Technologies, a full-service technology and IP consulting business. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Veschi served as the Chief Executive Officer of Rockstar Consortium, where he was chartered with licensing intellectual property on behalf of Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony. Prior to Rockstar Consortium, Mr. Veschi was the Chief IP Officer at Nortel Networks, where he was responsible for managing Nortel’s global intellectual property assets. Mr. Veschi has also served as General Manager of the IP Business at LSI Corporation and Agere Systems. His prior intellectual property and legal work were at Lucent Technologies and Foley & Lardner. Mr. Veschi previously served as an officer in the US Army, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, an MBA from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland.