CEO, VORAGO Technologies
Bernd Lienhard is the Chief Executive Officer of VORAGO Technologies and brings more than 25 years of global semiconductor experience to the company. He leads the company's business strategy, P&L management, technology development, engineering, sales and marketing as well as operations.
Immediately prior to joining VORAGO, Bernd was the Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Client Business Unit at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD). Before AMD, Bernd served as Vice President and General Manager of both the Networking Processor and Multimedia Application Divisions at Freescale Semiconductor. Bernd has also held leadership roles at Conexant Systems, Inc., Infineon Technologies, Siemens Semiconductor and Siemens Defense Electronics. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Munich University of Applied Science in Germany.
Senior Vice President of Operations & Quality, VORAGO Technologies
Garry Nash is the Senior Vice President of Operations & Quality at VORAGO Technologies where he has led the alignment of operations in such areas as Quality, Procurement, Logistics, Project Management and Global Supply Chain Management since 2013. He has more than 30 years of semiconductor leadership experience in the areas of Quality & Supply Chain Management, Reliability, Operations & Process/Product Engineering. Prior to joining VORAGO, Garry worked for SMSC as Vice President of Global Quality & Supplier Engineering and also served as Vice President of Automotive Product Engineering. His previous positions include Corporate Quality Operations Systems Director for LSI Logic, Director of Quality Assurance for Sony Semiconductor, Quality Assurance Manager for AMD, and Front End Process Control Manager for United Technologies MOSTEK. Garry earned a BBA in Business Management from the University of North Texas.
Vice President of Technology and Engineering, VORAGO Technologies
David Gifford is Vice President of Technology and Engineering at VORAGO Technologies. He has been leading VORAGO's memory development projects over the last five years, which entails providing technical leadership on all VORAGO SRAM, DRAM and non-volatile product definition and development, performance and radiation testing and project management.
Prior to joining VORAGO, David was the Senior Manager of Process Architecture at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (SAS). While there, he successfully led multiple technology and product transfers from Korea to the Austin, TX fabrication facility, became a founding member of Samsung Austin Semiconductor’s Statistical Process Control Steering Committee, and was twice recognized for his outstanding achievements – including the SAS President’s Award in 1998 and Samsung Electronics Corporation Employee of the Year in 2000. Before Samsung, David held positions with Sony, AMD and Honeywell. He is certified as a Black Belt in Samsung’s Six Sigma Quality program and earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Kevin Klein, Ph.D.
Vice President and General Manager of Products & Licensing, VORAGO Technologies
Kevin Klein is the Vice President and General Manager of Products and Licensing at VORAGO and is responsible for shaping and driving the company's product and licensing offerings, and leading product marketing, product management and technical marketing.
With 30 years of experience in the field of Semiconductors, Kevin brings a diverse background that ranges from engineering and R&D through product development, to marketing, licensing and finance. Kevin most recently held senior positions at Freescale Semiconductor, driving the financial analysis of the company’s product portfolio, and its IP licensing and strategy, and its microcontroller portfolio. Kevin holds an MBA and Ph.D. E.E. from the University of Texas at Austin, M.S. E.E from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a B.S. Physics from Texas A&M University.
Patrice Parris, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer, VORAGO Technologies
Patrice is Chief Technology Officer for VORAGO and is responsible for the company’s technological vision and the continued development of its groundbreaking and patented HARDSIL® technology. This includes guiding future application for HARDSIL across foundries, partners and customers. He also represents the company on its Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and is a key spokesperson and thought leader.
With over 24 years in the Semiconductor field, Patrice has led technical organizations and been a part of core teams focused on developing next-generation technologies. In the course of his career he’s had 61 U.S. patents issued in SMARTPower, NVM and More-than-Moore CMOS and BJT-based devices. Prior to VORAGO Technologies, he was most recently a Master Innovator and Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at NXP and Freescale, and also held numerous roles at Motorola. He holds Ph.D., S.M. and S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and S.B. in Physics from MIT.