Board of Directors
Nelson C. Chan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Adesto Technologies. Mr. Chan served as chief executive officer of Magellan Navigation, Inc., a consumer electronics manufacturer, from 2006 to 2008, until its acquisition by MiTAC Internal Corporation. From 1992 through 2006, Mr. Chan served in various senior management positions with SanDisk Corporation, a flash memory storage company, including as vice president of global marketing, senior vice president of global sales and marketing and, most recently, as executive vice president and general manager of consumer business. Mr. Chan is currently a director of Deckers Outdoor Corp, a footwear company, Outerwall Inc., a retail kiosk company, Socket Mobile, a data capture and delivery company, and Synaptics, a developer of custom-designed human interface solutions. Mr. Chan is also a member of the board of several privately-held companies. Mr. Chan holds a B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Chan’s senior leadership, management, and sales and marketing expertise in consumer electronics industry and his service on the boards of directors of a number of public companies qualify him to serve on our board of directors.
Keith L. Crandell has been a director of our company since February 2007. Mr. Crandell is a co-founder and serves as a managing director of ARCH Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on seed and early-stage technology companies. He is a director of several private companies and he also serves as a director of the Illinois Venture Capital Association. Mr. Crandell holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from St. Lawrence University, an M.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Narbeh Derhacobian is a co-founder, President and CEO of Adesto Technologies. He has over 17 years of industry experience working on discrete and embedded memory technologies. He has held technical and managerial roles at SST, AMD, Virage Logic and Cswitch Corporations. Narbeh’s industrial experiences cover development and commercialization of split-gate NOR flash, ETOX NOR and NAND flash as well as SONOS based MirrorBit NOR flash technologies. He has over 40 granted patents in various areas of semiconductor memories. Narbeh has a PhD in Solid State Physics from UCLA, and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Mr. Francis Lee joined the Adesto board in July of 2015. He is also Chairman of the Board of Synaptics, a leading supplier of human interface solutions. He has served as Synaptics chairman since 2008 and a director of the Synaptics board since 1998. During his tenure at Synaptics, Mr. Lee has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the company. Prior to joining Synaptics, Mr. Lee was General Manager of NSM, a Hong Kong-based joint venture between National Semiconductor Corporation and S. Megga. Prior to NSM, Mr. Lee held a variety of executive positions for National Semiconductor. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in electrical engineering from the University of California at Davis.
Mr. Kevin Palatnik was appointed a director of the Adesto board in September 2015. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Palatnik was Chief Financial Officer at voice-technology provider, Audience from 2011 to 2015 (acquired by Knowles Corporation in mid-2015). In his role at Audience, Mr. Palatnik was responsible for managing the company's finance organization worldwide. Before joining Audience, Mr. Palatnik served as the CFO at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., where he also led the investor relations, information technology and workplace resources groups. Prior to joining Cadence, Palatnik was the CFO for a private application service provider, and had held a series of senior financial roles at IBM. Palatnik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and operations research, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University.