Management Team

Ford Tamer

Ford Tamer

President and CEO

Ford Tamer serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Tamer brings to Inphi over 20 years of experience building successful technology businesses, with particular expertise in the semiconductor sector. Prior to joining Inphi, Tamer served as CEO of Telegent Systems, Senior VP and General Manager of Broadcom's Infrastructure Networking Group, which he grew to $1.2 billion in revenue in five years, CEO of Agere Inc. which was acquired by Lucent Microelectronics, and VP at Agere Systems. Tamer was also a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he assisted in the growth of cleantech and IT businesses. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Sentons Inc. Tamer holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering from MIT.



John Edmunds

John Edmunds

Vice President and CFO

John Edmunds has served as our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2008. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Trident Microsystems, a semiconductor company, from June 2004 to January 2008. Mr. Edmunds also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Oak Technology, Inc. from January 2000 until it was acquired by Zoran Corporation in August 2003. He continued to serve as Vice President of Finance for Zoran until June 2004. Mr. Edmunds started his career as a C.P.A. with Coopers & Lybrand in San Francisco and San Jose. He holds a B.S. degree in finance and accounting from the University of California, Berkeley.



Vinod Lakhani

Vinod Lakhani

Vice President, Memory and Storage Interconnect

Vinod Lakhani serves as Inphi's Vice President, Memory and Storage Interconnect. Lakhani brings to Inphi more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Ethernet Controller business at Broadcom, which was heavily focused in the Data Center and Server Markets. Prior to Broadcom, he held engineering management positions at companies like Intel and Micron. Lakhani holds more than 50 patents covering memory design and system architecture. He received a B.S.E.E. from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.E. from Cornell University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.



Loi Nguyen

Dr. Loi Nguyen

Founder, Vice President, Optical Interconnect

As one of Inphi's founders, Dr. Loi Nguyen has more than 20 years of experience in the development of high-speed devices and integrated circuits based on advanced gallium arsenide (GaAs) and indium phosphide (InP) technologies. He is well recognized in the high-speed III-V research community worldwide for his work in this field.

From 1984 to 1988, Dr. Nguyen worked at the Honeywell Physical Sciences Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, while writing his graduate thesis on the development of GaAs devices. His thesis contributed to the commercialization of advanced GaAs technology for applications such as direct broadcast satellite (DBS), millimeter wave radios, automotive radar, and defense. In 1992 he established a world-record cutoff frequency for high-speed transistors, for which he received the prestigious IEEE Paul Rappaport Award for Best Paper published in an Electron Devices Society journal.

Dr. Nguyen holds seven U.S. patents and is an author of more than 50 scientific publications. He has served on technical committees of the IEEE International Electron Devices Meetings, the IEEE Device Research Conference and the IEEE International Solid State Devices Meetings.

Dr. Nguyen holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.


Richard Ogawa

Richard Ogawa

General Counsel

Richard Ogawa serves as Inphi's General Counsel, responsible for overseeing legal matters as well as corporate, intellectual property, and government affairs. Mr. Ogawa is a Registered United States Patent Attorney and a Member of the California State Bar with more than 25 years of experience specializing in technology companies. Prior to Inphi, he was a top Partner at Townsend and Townsend, a law firm focused on IP. While at the firm, he was Chair of the Asia Practice Group and served on its Policy Committee. He is the founder and owner of Ogawa, P.C., his own law firm. He has also held a variety of engineering and management positions at NEC Electronics. Richard is a frequent speaker, instructor, and writer on emerging legal issues and growing companies. He is a Charter Member of the Indus Entrepreneur Group (TIE) and has been a Board Member of the Asian Law Alliance, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and others. Mr. Ogawa also serves as a Partner Member for Technology Group 2800 of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1984, and a J.D. from Mc. George School of Law, University of Pacific in 1991.



Charlie Roach

Charlie Roach

Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Charlie Roach joined Inphi as the Vice President of Worldwide Sales to lead the company's sales organization. Mr. Roach brings to Inphi more than 17 years of sales and semiconductor experience. Prior to Inphi, he served as Vice President of Sales for Integrated Device Technologies, where he managed the Americas and South East Asia sales teams along with the worldwide EMS team. Before IDT, Mr. Roach was in charge of Worldwide Strategic Accounts at Applied Micro Circuits, the Central and Southeast U.S. Sales Manager at MMC Networks and Managing Partner and Sales Engineer at Electro Source. Mr. Roach holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University.



Siddharth Sheth

Siddharth Sheth

Vice President, Networking Interconnect

Siddharth Sheth brings with him more than 15 years of marketing, engineering and general management experience in the networking and server infrastructure industry. At Inphi, Mr. Sheth heads up the network connectivity business leading the company's efforts in the cloud infrastructure and metro service provider segments. Prior to Inphi, Mr. Sheth was at NetLogic Microsystems (now Broadcom Corp.), where he held worldwide marketing responsibility for NetLogic's networking interconnect chips. While at NetLogic, he pioneered the company's 40G/100G product line and led NetLogic's entry into the mobile and cloud infrastructure markets. In 2001, Mr. Sheth was a founding team member of Aeluros, a mixed-signal networking IC company, where he held global marketing responsibility, helping make Aeluros a market leader until its successful acquisition by NetLogic in 2007. Mr. Sheth also spent many years at Intel Corp, where he held engineering design and management positions in the Pentium III microprocessor and network processor groups. Mr. Sheth is a regularly featured speaker at industry tradeshows and conferences, is a published author at ISSCC and other technical conferences and has an M.S.E.E from Purdue University.


Mona Taylor

Mona Taylor

Vice President of Human Resources

Mona Taylor joined Inphi in November 2012 as Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. Taylor is responsible for the development and execution of enterprise-wide human resources strategies for the Company and has more than 25 years of experience with mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 industry leaders. Prior to joining Inphi, Ms Taylor was the Senior Director of Global Talent Acquisition and Development at Broadcom Corporation and the Director, Group Human Resources Business Partner at Broadcom. Ms. Taylor has also held various human resources positions at Borland Software Corporation, and Cisco Systems, as well as senior operational management positions at American Airlines. Ms. Taylor holds a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.


Ron Torten

Ron Torten

Senior Vice President of Operations and Information Technology

Ron Torten joined Inphi in 2007 as the Vice President of Worldwide sales. In March of 2012, he moved to lead the Operations and Information Technology organizations. Before joining Inphi, Mr. Torten served as Chief Executive Officer of NemeriX, a GPS fabless semiconductor company, and as Vice President, Worldwide Materials, at Agilent Technologies, Inc. Mr. Torten has also served as Vice President and General Manager for the Networking Entertainment Division at Agere Systems, Inc. He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis.



Lawrence Tse

Lawrence Tse

Vice President of Engineering

Lawrence Tse has more than 27 years of integrated circuits electronics design and development, test and product engineering and technical management experience. Prior to joining Inphi, Mr. Tse was the Chief Technology Officer of Intremag Systems. From 2000 to 2008, before Intremag Systems, Mr. Tse was the Vice President of Engineering for the Wireless Products, Communications and Consumer Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Mr. Tse also served as the Vice President of Engineering for Volterra Semiconductor Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of Power Management Products and previously, he held various positions at Chrontel, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of mixed-signal Visual Communication Products, including serving as Vice President of Engineering. Prior to Chrontel, Mr. Tse was with Nortel Networks, developing Optoelectronics products for SONET applications.

Mr. Tse holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Canada, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.