Chairman of the Board
Salah M. Werfelli has over 30 years of experience in system and integrated circuit (IC) design, and Executive Management and leadership. Before Co-Founding BaySand he was an Executive Vice President for eASIC. Prior to serving in that position that he was an Executive Consultant to major start-up companies where he was instrumental in establishing strategic directions and business partnerships.
Earlier, he worked with Cadence Design Systems where he held various executive positions including corporate Vice President of Technology, responsible for M&A and business development worldwide. While serving with Cadence, he was the chief architect for the EDA industry’s first major outsourcing project with Unisys Corp.
Prior to serving at Cadence, Mr. Werfelli was Vice President of International Field Operations, Corporate Support and Services Worldwide at Magma Design Automation. Mr. Werfelli started his professional career at Unisys where he spent 14 years serving many technical roles by working in several different departments.
John currently serves as Managing Partner of Black Diamond Ventures, LLC. He served and held executive positions at public companies such as Chief Executive Officer and President of Spansion Inc., and President and Chief Operating Officer of KLA-Tencor Corporation. John has been a Director of several security and networking companies like Barracuda Networks, TriNet Group, Gigamon, Extreme Networks, Tela Innovations and others. He received an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. Degree in Political Science from Grinnell College.
Jim was a general partner at Telos Venture Partners and senior vice president of business development at Artisan Components Inc., now part of ARM Holdings PLC. He held executive engineering, marketing and operational management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., National Semiconductor Corporation and Phillips Semiconductor.
Jim holds a B.A. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in computer science and an M.B.A. all from San Jose State University. He serves on several private companies’ board of directors. Additionally Jim serves as a strategic advisor to several private and public companies.
Dr. Sam L. Appleton has over 25 years of experience in operations and leadership, business development, and executive management. Prior to Co-Founding BaySand, Dr. Appleton was an angel investor and has been an entrepreneur for the last 12 years. Before turning her attention to stock, bond, and equities investing, she practiced in the medical field for 15 years.
Miwa-san moved his career to chip design and test, when he joined the Japanese subsidiary of Teradyne as a Vice President. Miwa-san held several management positions at Topre Corp, including Board Member, Executive VP of R&D, and General Manager of New Business Units, including Automotive.
Miwa-san received a degree in Economic and Business Management from the University of Kyushu and his Business Consulting certificate from the Industrial Productivity Institute.
Earlier in his career, he has developed and launched two subsequent generations of Altera’s “HardCopy” products that provided first seamless Altera FPGAs to volume production solution. Before joining Altera, Mr. Park held several engineering management and development positions at Chip Express, LSI Logic and AMI.
Previously, Asher developed innovative DSP solutions to be embedded in FPGA, ASIC, DSP Processors, and SoC devices. He served as DSP solutions system architect at Lattice Semiconductor, where he received the 2011 Innovator of the Year Award and managed the DSP IP cores group at Altera. He served in various management positions at Synopsys, Zilog, DSP Group Inc., and DSP Communications.
Asher has developed more than 15 patents. He received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and MSc degrees in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.
Vice President of Business Development – Marubun USA Corp.
Ken Morikawa has over 20 years of experience at the high-tech industry across US, Europe and Asia regions. Currently he serves as Vice President of Business Development at Marubun USA Corp. Prior to that, he held several key roles at major semiconductors and start-up companies. (Analog Devices Inc., Vativ Technologies Inc., NXP Semiconductors)
He received a bachelor degree of Electronics Engineering from Tokyo Denki University in Japan.