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C.K. Hong , ,

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. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of Viking Components, Inc., a memory manufacturing company based in RSM, CA. From 1983 to 1998, Mr. Hong held various management positions at LG subsidiaries in South Korea and in the U.S. He 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. As one of the founders and a semiconductor industry veteran, Mr. Hong brings to the Board extensive knowledge of the organization, our markets and our customers.

Charles F. Cargile , ,

Charles F. Cargile joined the Netlist Board in August 2013. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sunworks, Inc., a leading provider of solar power solutions. From 2000 to June 2016, Mr. Cargile was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Newport Corporation a global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems. MKS Instruments acquired Newport Corporation in April of 2016. While at Newport, Mr. Cargile was responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, information technology and strategic planning, including acquisitions and divestitures. 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 25 years of industry experience to Netlist’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cargile has an extensive background in strategic development, capital structures and international operations. Mr. Cargile has a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.

Blake A. Welcher , ,

Blake A. Welcher joined the Netlist Board in August 2013. Prior to the sale of DTS in December 2016, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DTS, Inc., a NASDAQ public company and had been a member of the Company’s executive team since March 2000. As General Counsel, Intellectual Property, at DTS, he managed the licensing operations and was instrumental in building key assets that have led to DTS’ success. Mr. Welcher led the Company’s legal licensing functions, collaborated with key partners and worked 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 (University of New Hampshire School of Law) and is a US licensed Patent Attorney. Mr. Welcher brings more than 20 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 , ,

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.

Jeff Benck , ,

Jeff Benck joined the Netlist Board of Directors in June 2016. He is currently President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Lantronix, a global IoT solutions provider. Prior to joining Lantronix, he served as President and CEO of Emulex and prior to that, President and COO of QLogic. Benck began his career at IBM and for 18 years, held various executive leadership roles including Vice President of xSeries, BladeCenter and Retail Store Solutions development. Benck holds a Masters of Science degree in management of technology from University of Miami and a Bachelors of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a distinguished inventor in the computer systems field and holds six U.S. patents. Mr. Benck brings to Netlist’s Board of Directors a track record of leadership and breath of expertise spanning technology development, intellectual property management and customer engagement.


Audit Committee Compensation Committee Nominating and Corporate
Governance Committee
Charles Cargile
Vince Sheeran
Blake Welcher
Jun Cho
Jeff Benck

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