CamSemi Strengthens Board with Simon Knowles Appointment
CamSemi today announced a further strengthening of its board with the appointment of Simon Knowles, co-founder of both Element 14 and Icera - two of the UKâ€™s most successful venture-backed semiconductor companies. Mr Knowles joins as a non-executive director to provide CamSemi with additional strategic guidance as the company continues to experience rapid and sustained sales growth for its cost-efficient power management ICs.
â€œCamSemi is very fortunate to have someone with Simonâ€™s vision and track record join our board. Simon brings nearly 30 yearsâ€™ semiconductor industry experience, in the dual roles of engineering innovator and entrepreneur and has both invented and brought to market some breakthrough semiconductor technologies, including Nvidia's multi-standard cellular modem processor and Broadcomâ€™s world-leading DSL processor. His strategic insight and in-depth knowledge of the consumer electronics sector will be invaluable as we continue to develop our business, strengthen our position in key markets and deliver new products,â€ said David Baillie, CamSemi CEO.
Before joining CamSemi Mr Knowles was co-founder and board director of Icera, serving operationally as vice president responsible for silicon engineering and strategy until the company was acquired by Nvidia in 2011 for $435m. Prior to that, he was co-founder of Element 14, serving as vice president responsible for silicon engineering until the companyâ€™s acquisition by Broadcom in 2000 for $642m.
In his earlier career, Simon Knowles held engineering and management positions at STMicroelectronics, Inmos, and the Defence Research Agency. He is a graduate in engineering and electrical science of the University of Cambridge and in 2011 was joint winner of the NMI â€˜Technology Entrepreneur of the Yearâ€™ award.