Chun Ki Hong
Chun Ki Hong is one of the founders of Netlist and has been our president and chief executive officer and a director since our inception. Mr. C.K. Hong assumed the title of chairman of the Board of Directors in January 2004. From September 2000 to September 2001, Mr. C.K. Hong served as president and chief operating officer of Infinilink Corporation, a DSL equipment company. Mr. C.K. Hong assisted us on a part-time basis until his departure from Infinilink, at which time he assumed full-time responsibilities with us. From July 1998 until September 2000, Mr. C.K. Hong served as Executive Vice President of Viking Components, Inc., a memory subsystems manufacturing company. From November 1997 to June 1998, he was General Manager of Sales at LG Semicon Co., Ltd., a public semiconductor manufacturing company in South Korea. From April 1992 to October 1997, Mr. C.K. Hong served as Director of Sales at LG Semicon America, Incorporated, a subsidiary of LG. From December 1983 to March 1992, Mr. C.K. Hong held various management positions at LG Subsidiaries in South Korea. Mr. C. K. Hong received his B.S. in economics from Virginia Commonwealth University and his M.S. in technology management from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Management. As one of our founders, Mr. C.K. Hong brings to the Board extensive knowledge of the organization and our market.
Charles F. Cargile
Charles F. Cargile has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2013. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Newport Corporation, which is a publicly-traded global supplier of advanced technologies including lasers, photonics and precision equipment, and optical components and sub-systems. Mr. Cargile has been the Chief Financial Officer of Newport for 13 years and has been responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, information technology and strategic planning, including mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Newport, Mr. Cargile held a number of executive positions at York International Corporation and Flowserve Corporation. Mr. Cargile holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Mr. Cargile brings more than 20 years of industry experience and executive leadership to our Board of Directors. Mr. Cargile has an extensive background in strategic development, capital structures and international operations.
Thomas F. Lagatta
Thomas F. Lagatta has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2006. After his retirement from Broadcom in January 2014, Mr. Lagatta founded Coto Global Consulting, a strategic consulting services firm. Mr. Lagatta has previously served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Broadcom Corp. Prior to that, he served as the Enterprise Computing Group's senior vice president and general manager since 2003. He joined Broadcom in 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Lagatta served as vice president and general manager of Anadigics, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer. Before Anadigics, Mr. Lagatta served as vice president of business development at Avnet, Inc. Prior to Avnet, Mr. Lagatta served in various senior management and technical positions for over 11 years at Symbios Logic, a storage systems company. Mr. Lagatta received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Mr. Lagatta brings to the Board significant leadership experience with manufacturing companies in sales management and building strategic relationships with large system OEMs.
Blake A. Welcher
Blake A. Welcher joined the Netlist Board in August 2013. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DTS, Inc., a NASDAQ public company and has been a member of the Company’s executive team since March 2000. As General Counsel, Intellectual Property, at DTS, he manages the licensing operations and was instrumental in building key assets that have led to DTS’ success. Mr. Welcher leads the Company’s legal licensing functions, collaborates with key partners and works to establish DTS, Inc. as a global name in consumer electronics. Mr. Welcher holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Intellectual Property degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center and is a US licensed Patent Attorney. Mr. Welcher brings more than 19 years of industry experience to Netlist’s Board of Directors with his extensive background in worldwide licensing operations, corporate governance, risk management, intellectual property and legal affairs.