Chun K. Hong is one of the founders of Netlist and has served as president, chief executive officer and director since our inception. He assumed the title of chairman of the Board of Directors in 2004. Prior to Netlist, Mr. Hong was president and chief operating officer of Infinilink Corp., a communications software company based in Irvine, CA. From 1998 to 2000, he was executive vice president of Viking Components, Inc., a memory manufacturing company based in RSM, CA. From 1997 to 1998, he was General Manager of International Operations at LG Semicon Co., Ltd., (now SK Hynix) a public semiconductor company based in Seoul, Korea. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Hong served as Director of Global Accounts at LG Semicon America, Inc., based in San Jose, CA. From 1983 to 1992, he held various management positions at LG subsidies in South Korea. Mr. Hong received a B.S. degree in economics from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.S. degree in technology management from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Management. Mr. Hong currently serves as a director of BBCN Bancorp, Inc., a publically traded bank holding company based in Los Angeles. As one of the founders and an industry veteran, Mr. Hong brings to the Board extensive knowledge of the organization, our markets and our customers.
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.
Vince Sheeran joined the Netlist Board in November 2014. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Orange County based MarginPoint, an indirect materials management software company. Mr. Sheeran has over 30 years of experience in the Software and Business Services Industries. He has built global organizations through both acquisition and organic growth. Prior to MarginPoint, Mr. Sheeran held multiple CEO positions including UltraLink, Inc. and Wherify Wireless. Prior to his CEO roles he held various management positions with software industry leaders including Irvine based Epicor Software where he served as VP of Marketing and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Operations. Mr. Sheeran holds a B.S in Management and Management Information Sciences from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Mr. Sheeran brings to the Board a track record of building sales and marketing organizations that can successfully sell complex technology to companies seeking cutting edge marketplace advantages.
Jun S. Cho
Jun Cho joined the Netlist Board in November 2014. He brings a considerable legal background to the Netlist’s Board of Directors, as General Counsel to Fiat Chrysler Asia Pacific and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel to Chrysler Group LLC. He has more than 16 years of experience as legal counsel for the Chrysler Group and over 10 years of experience in the Asia Pacific region heading up Fiat Chrysler's initiatives in technology licensing, product distribution, M&A transactions and joint ventures, from his bases in Beijing and Shanghai. Prior to Chrysler, Mr. Cho specialized in international financing and corporate transactions working for global-reaching law firms including Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, Kim & Chang in Seoul, Korea and Arnold & Porter in Washington D.C. Mr. Cho holds a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law and is admitted to the bar in the state of New York and in Washington D.C. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the College of William and Mary.