Dr. Izak Bencuya Joins Board of Directors of Exar

February 16, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Exar Corp. announced the appointment of Dr. Izak Bencuya to its Board of Directors.

"The Board of Directors and I are excited to announce that Dr. Bencuya has joined as a Director," said Richard L. Leza, Chairman of Exar’s Board of Directors. "Izak brings broad product and management experience, plus a deeper technology expertise and foundation to the Board. Izak’s appointment significantly strengthens the Board, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to focus on positioning Exar for growth."

"I am delighted to welcome Izak to the Board at this important time in Exar’s history," said Pete Rodriguez, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "Izak is considered a visionary in power semiconductors; he has a keen sense for building and developing market leading products, as well as leveraging industries in transition – his insights and experience with the some of the industry’s most influential companies will be invaluable as we develop next generation power management solutions."

With over 25 years experience in the semiconductor industry, Dr. Bencuya is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Deeya Energy, a dynamic start-up company focused on clean technologies to supply mass electricity storage to the alternative energy industry. Prior to Deeya Energy, Dr. Bencuya spent over ten years at Fairchild Semiconductor where he focused on power products and was most recently the Executive Vice President and the General Manager of the Functional Power Products Group. Dr. Bencuya also held positions at Siliconix, Semitest and GTE Laboratories.

"I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and Pete Rodriguez to move the Company to the next level," stated Dr. Bencuya. "I believe the company has the right management team, financial resources, and an excellent product portfolio and a commitment to continue to innovate to meet the evolving needs of its global customer base."