BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The company’s Board of Directors comprises four individuals with sector specific management, strategic, operational and investment experience
Roland Dennert – Director
Roland is Managing Partner at Cipio Partners (www.cipiopartners.com), a European secondary direct and growth capital investment management and advisory firm. Roland leads Cipio’s origination activities while serving on a number of company boards in Europe and Israel. He started his private equity career at 3i Group doing technology and mid-market buyout deals. Before 3i, Roland was a strategy consultant with Roland Berger and The Boston Consulting Group, as well as a robotics engineer with Hitachi Ltd. in Japan. He holds degrees from EPFL in Lausanne and the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, USA.
Burkhard Goeschel – Independent Director
Burkhard is the founder of Formula E and President of the Electrical and New Energy Commission at the FIA. As former member of the Management Board of BMW AG, he was managing Research & Development and Purchasing. At BMW, he leaded the development of several vehicles, notably the Z3, the Mini, the super sport car Z8 and the Range Rover. He, then, continued his carrier as Chief Technical Officer for MAGNA International. Since 2013, he works independently as Strategic Advisor for major global enterprises. He is also Co-Founder and Director of Asana Technology, Co-Owner and Chairman of Remus/Sebring Exhaust Systems, Director for Maxwell Technologies and a member of the advisor board of Evelozcity Holding.
Claude Leichle – Independent Director
Claude was President of Valeo Powertrain System Business Group, in charge of Power Electronics for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Electrical System and Engine, Transmission Systems Clutch & Torque converters. Earlier in his career, he led the Lighting, Electronic and Connective System branches of Valeo and Valeo’s Engine and Electrical Systems branches. He concluded his carrier with Valeo as the architect of the Valeo-Siemens Joint Venture. Claude started at Renault in 1973 and became its Technical Director in charge of the Toulouse Engineering Center. He left Renault in 1991 to join Bendix and then Siemens Automotive on various leadership technical, development and production roles. Claude is also President of Liancourt Invest, a Business Angels Investment Company.
Jean-Marc Nozeran – Independent Director
Jean-Marc started his career as a system engineer at Thomson CSF. In 1981, he joined Renault’s newly created subsidiary RENIX in charge of innovation (body control, ABS and electronic injection). In 1985, RENIX was acquired by Bendix and by Siemens in 1987. He then took the roles of R&D Director and VP Engineering of the French subsidiary. Thereafter in 1994, Jean-Marc was appointed GM of the Body Electronics Division before taking the lead of Powertrain Electronics. He actively participated to the merger of Siemens and VDO in 2001, was appointed CEO of Siemens VDO for Western Europe, Board member, while managing the Chassis BU. In 2007, when Continental acquired Siemens VDO, he was appointed President for Continental Automotive France and CEO of the Engine System BU worldwide. In parallel, he served at the Board of several JV’s of Continental and Siemens VDO. He contributed to the creation of the French regional competitiveness cluster “Aerospace Valley” and was a member of FIEV.
Bruno Paucard – President and CEO
Bruno has 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry, 22 years of leadership in start-ups inc. 10 focusing on Automotive business. Prior to funding Silicon Mobility, Bruno was CEO of Scaleo chip, a semiconductor fabless delivering high value added IC solutions to major OEMs and Tiers#1. Scaleo chip was acquired by Silicon Mobility in late 2015. Earlier in his carrier, Bruno founded TAK Imaging, a Silicon Valley based emerging growth company providing complete system solutions to the photo printer market. Bruno started his career at INRIA, a French research center in computer technology, before joining GIPSI in 1989. He funded TAK’ASIC, an ASIC design house in 1991, company he transformed into a printing technology product start-up in 2000, flipped to a US entity in 2003 before it became TAK Imaging and was acquired by InSilica in 2007.
Pascal Vanluchene – Director
Pascal co-founded Capital-E (www.capital-e.com) in 2005 and serves since then several boards of high-tech companies. His current investment focus is on power generation, conversion and control devices, sensors, processors, memories, radios and optical devices. From 2000 till 2006, he was venture developer at IMEC and high-tech start-ups. At IMEC his latest focus geared towards silicon processing and device technologies as well as biosensors. Before 2000, Pascal worked at Proximus in the corporate finance, corporate development and international telecom divisions.
The company is led by a senior management team that accumulates centuries of collective experience in the automotive industry both with start-ups and with market leaders.
Bruno Paucard – President and CEO
Bruno has 30 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry, 22 years of leadership in start-ups inc. 10 focusing on automotive business. Prior to founding Silicon Mobility, Bruno was CEO of Scaleo chip, a semiconductor fabless delivering high value added IC solutions to major OEMs and Tiers#1. Scaleo chip was acquired by Silicon Mobility in late 2015. Earlier in his carrier, Bruno founded TAK Imaging, a Silicon Valley based emerging growth company providing complete system solutions to the photo printer market. Bruno started his career at INRIA, a French research center in computer technology, before joining GIPSI in 1989. He founded TAK’ASIC, an ASIC design house in 1991, company he transformed into a printing technology product start-up in 2000, flipped to a US entity in 2003 before it became TAK Imaging and was acquired by InSilica in 2007.
Vincent Cruvellier – Vice-President Operations and Quality
Vincent has been in the semiconductors and electronics industry for more than 21 years with intensive experience in quality and manufacturing, supplier quality management and NPI introduction in Automotive. He has graduated in Information Technology followed by Company Business Management diploma. He’s started his career at Motorola where he handled wafers manufacturing and lean manufacturing roles prior to be appointed in 2001 fab manufacturing manager. In 2004, he led wafer probe operations at Freescale Crolles R&D alliance with STMicroelectronics and NXP semiconductors. Early 2008 he joined the semiconductor fabless Scaleo chip to drive operations and the company quality management certification. Co-founder of Silicon Mobility, Vincent manages System Quality, Programs management and products manufacturing operations.
Khaled Douzane – Vice President Products
Khaled Douzane has 18 years experience in the semiconductor industry with an automotive focus. As VP Products of Silicon Mobility, he is defining and driving all product lines for HEV/EV powertrain and autonomous vehicles applications. Khaled is at the origin of the major patented technologies of the company. Prior to co-founding Silicon Mobility, Khaled intensively contributed to the development of Scaleo chip, a semiconductor fabless company, where he held several roles, being SoC Design Manager for 8 years and then Product Manager for 8 additional years. Khaled Douzane is graduated from Nice Sophia-Antipolis POLYTECH engineering school in electronics.
David Fresneau – Vice President Marketing and Business Development
David has 19 years of experience in the semiconductor industry including 9 years in automotive market. He started his carrier at TAK’ASIC in 1998 as VLSI designer and successively held several positions from technical leadership to product management accompanying the company transformation to TAK Imaging, a leading printing technology start-up. In 2007, David has contributed to the definition of new PLC products at SPiDCOM as Technical Product Manager and then joined inSilica as Director of the Digital Printing Imaging business unit where he managed the technology and customers assets transition from TAK Imaging as well as being accountable for the P&L of the business unit. Prior to co-founding Silicon Mobility in 2015, David joined Scaleo chip in 2008, an automotive semiconductor fabless, as Director of Marketing and Business Development.David is located in Burlingame, CA.
Pascal Jullien- Vice-President Engineering
Pascal has 27 years’ experience in the semiconductor sector, 18 years focusing on automotive products. Prior to funding Silicon Mobility, Pascal was VP Engineering of Scaleo chip during 3 years, after 5 years in charge of Advanced Technology Management and 3 years spent to manage the R&D Department in Scaleo chip. Pascal is one of the founders at the origin of the Europe Technologies company start-up in 1996, renamed Scaleo chip in 2006. He put in place the SoC design activity and software development. He is co-inventor and co-owner of 6 international patents covering the semiconductor and automotive sectors. Pascal joined Texas Instruments in 1995 as ARM based SOC Project Leader to develop chips for DECT application. Pascal worked before at Sorep SA for 5 years to develop ASICs for wireless (Alcatel), flight simulator (Dassault Avionic), satellite (Matra Marconi Space) and others applications. Pascal received his Electronic Engineering degree with specialty in micro-electronics at Montpellier University in 1989.
Emmanuel Legrand – Vice President Finance
Emmanuel has 20 years’ experience in financial controlling within international high-tech companies. After graduating from ESSEC Business School in France, he joined in 1997 the Siemens Semiconductors corporate finance headquarters in Germany to manage financial set-up and controlling of Design Centers abroad. He moved in 2001 to Infineon France as Financial Manager in charge of R&D sites and activities. Before joining Silicon Mobility in 2017, he had been Chief Financial Officer of INTEL Mobile Communications (IMC) France since 2011 and was appointed Managing Director of the Entity in 2013. He also took the role of EMEA Risk&Controls officer for IMC and completed audit missions in Europe and Asia for INTEL.
Ewald Liess - Vice President of Sales
Ewald joined Silicon Mobility with 28 years of semiconductor experience in the automotive electronics industry and an extensive background in sales as well as embedded systems development in various automotive segments. He held management positions at Motorola, Infineon Technologies, Gennum and Micronas AG. Ewald spent 10 years each at Motorola and Infineon in roles as application engineer, consultant center manager, director of application engineering for all microcontrollers, and as director of automotive sales. After spending three years at Gennum as general manager of Snowbush IP in Toronto, he joined Micronas AG as VP of global sales and business development.Ewald is located in Munich, Germany.