BrainChip Holdings Ltd (ASX:BRN) is the leading provider of neuromorphic computing solutions, a type of artificial intelligence that is inspired by the biology of the human neuron. The company’s revolutionary new spiking neural network technology can learn autonomously, evolve and associate information just like the human brain. The proprietary technology is fast, completely digital and consumes very low power.
BrainChip provides software and hardware solutions that address the high-performance requirements in civil surveillance, gaming, financial technology, cybersecurity, ADAS, autonomous vehicles, and other advanced vision systems.
Board and Management
Executive Chairman, President and CEO
Louis DiNardo has a strong track record of growing publicly listed and privately owned technology businesses, and has worked in venture capital firms where he has successfully backed a number of emerging technology companies. His recent roles include the President and CEO of Exar Corporation, where he was credited for turning around the underperforming NYSE-listed mid-cap semiconductor company by revamping the management team, cutting operating expenses and growing revenue and profit.
Before Exar, Louis was responsible for investing in and overseeing a portfolio of companies, including programmable logic companies, while he served as a partner at Crosslink Capital from 2008 to 2012 and the Managing Director at Vantage Point Venture Partners from 2007 to 2008. He also served as President and CEO, as well as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, at Xicor Corporation from January of 2001, until NASDAQ-listed Intersil Corp acquired the company in July of 2004.
He subsequently held senior executive positions at Intersil and became its President and Chief Operating Officer. He has previously served as an independent director on several boards, including NYSE-listed Quantum Corp., a data management company; and Conexant, a privately held fabless semiconductor company based in California, USA.
Julie Stein began her career at Goldman Sachs in 1981 and subsequently joined the investment banking firm of Salomon Brothers. She co-founded SKS Investments in 1992 and successfully executed a series of joint ventures with major global institutional investors. Over the course of her career, she has been involved with the underwriting, negotiating, structuring and/or placement of financial transactions aggregating over US$10 billion.
Julie holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She also holds a CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Leadership Fellow and holds a Certificate from Stanford University Directors’ College.
Emmanuel Hernandez is a highly regarded Silicon Valley technology executive with more than 40 years of operating and board member experience. His background includes key roles with some of Silicon Valley’s largest and most successful technology companies, including National Semiconductor, Cypress Semiconductor and ON Semiconductor.
He began his career with National Semiconductor where he served in various finance capacities between 1976-1993. Subsequently, he joined Cypress Semiconductor where he served as EVP Finance and Administration and CFO between 1993-2004. Following Cypress, he joined SunPower Corporation where he served as CFO between 2005-2008. Emmanuel’s executive successes have led him to be a highly sought after operating consultant and board member, including having been an operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
He currently sits on two boards including 15 years with ON Semiconductor beginning in 2002, and eight years with SunEdison (formerly known as MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.). Other previous board service includes Aruba Networks, an enterprise networking company acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise in 2015, EnStorage Inc., a private company that develops flow battery/storage technology for the renewable energy industry, Soraa Inc., a private company that is developing LED and laser technology and Integration Associates Incorporated which was acquired by Silicon Labs in 2008.
Adam Osseiran joined the Board in September 2015. Adam has been involved with BrainChip since 2012, providing advice and assistance on several aspects of technology, applications and commercial opportunities.
Adam is the co-founder and a director of Termite Monitoring and Protection Solutions Pty Ltd, founded in 2013, to exploit the unique Wireless Smart Probe acoustic termite detection technology, operating in the US$15 billion global pest control market. He is also Senior Technical Advisor to Mulpin (MRL) Ltd which has developed a new patented concept of embedding electronic components within a multi-layered printed circuit board. Adam is the co-founder of Innovate Australia, established to promote and assist Australian innovators and encourage innovation, and was the President of the Inventors Association of Australia from 2013-2014.
Adam holds a PhD. in microelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France and a M.Sc. and B.Sc. from the University of Joseph Fourier in Grenoble. Adam is currently Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.
Steve Liebeskind is an experienced front line operational manager with a broad set of skills developed from his time working with Ernst & Young in Australia and Canada. He has held positions of Advisor, CEO and COO for high-growth companies in the telecommunications, technology and financial services sector. Steve is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
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