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Our management team leads by example. We focus on finding new ways to bring innovation, leadership and quality to the work we do every day. Since the company's beginnings, we have sought to transform the industry, to do exceptional things, to move quickly and decisively to take full advantage of the breakthrough technologies and deliver on emerging needs. This is the essence of our mission to enhance people's lives through digital storage anytime, anywhere.
Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Senior Vice President,Finance
Senior Vice President,Human Resources
Senior Vice President,Worldwide Operations
Senior Vice President and General Manager,Client Storage Solutions
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Mobile & Connected Solutions
Senior Vice President,Technology and Fab Operations, and President, SanDisk (Japan) Limited
Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing, and General Manager,Retail
Senior Vice President,Worldwide Commercial Sales & Support
Senior Vice President and General Manager,Enterprise Storage Solutions
Senior Vice President,Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations
Senior Vice President,Memory Technology
Senior Vice President, Corporate Engineering
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Board Member, SanDisk Corporation
Chairman of the Board, SanDisk Corporation
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Mr. Mehrotra is Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, and a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company.
Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2011, Mr. Mehrotra served as SanDisk’s President and Chief Operating Officer starting in 2006. He currently serves on SanDisk's Board of Directors, a position he's held since 2010. Under his guidance, the company has expanded its focus to include solid state drive (SSD) solutions for the enterprise, as well as new growth strategies for the mobile and client computing segments, established and emerging retail markets, and investments into NAND scaling and post-NAND technologies.
Since helping co-found SanDisk in 1988, Mr. Mehrotra has also served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of Product Development, and Director of Memory Design and Product Engineering.
Mr. Mehrotra earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program (SEP). In addition to SanDisk, he serves on the Board of Directors of Cavium, Inc. and the Global Semiconductor Alliance, the Engineering Advisory Board at UC Berkeley, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Mehrotra holds more than 70 patents and has published articles in the area of non-volatile memory design and flash memory systems. His recognitions include receiving the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and being a joint recipient of the 2006 IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Device Technology Award.
Judy Bruner has served as executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer since June 2004. She served as a member of SanDisk's board of directors from July 2002 to July 2004. Bruner has more than 30 years of financial management experience, including serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Palm, Inc. from September 1999 to June 2004.
Prior to Palm, Inc., Bruner held financial management positions with 3Com Corporation, Ridge Computers and Hewlett-Packard Company. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and her master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. Bruner currently serves on the board of directors and the audit committee of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Sumit Sadana has served as chief strategy officer since April 2010. Previously, he was president of Sunrise Capital. Prior to that, Sadana was senior vice president of strategy and business development as well as chief technology officer at Freescale Semiconductor. He started his career at IBM where he held several hardware design, software development, operations, strategic planning, business development and general management roles. Sadana earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Second Harvest Food Bank, serving Silicon Valley.
Milo Azarmsa has served as senior vice president of finance since February 2008. He joined SanDisk in June 2005 as vice president of operations finance. Previously, Azarmsa was vice president of finance and controller for worldwide sales at Palm, Inc. Prior to that, he held financial and business development positions at Verifone, Pacific Telesis and VoiceCom Systems. Azarmsa earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Abadan Institute of Technology and his master's degree in business administration from the School of Business and Economics at California State University, Hayward.
Tom Baker has served as senior vice president of human resources since February 2008. He joined SanDisk in October 2005 as vice president of human resources. He has extensive experience in human resources and organizational development. Prior to joining SanDisk, Baker was vice president of human resources at Palm, Inc. He also held positions as director of human resources at TRW and Avery Dennison. Baker earned his bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and his master's degree in business administration from Syracuse University.
Manish Bhatia has served as senior vice president of worldwide operations since March 2012. Previously, he served as vice president of worldwide operations, vice president of the strategic program office and senior director of silicon procurement. He joined SanDisk in January 2006 through the acquisition of Matrix Semiconductor. Prior to Matrix, Bhatia held positions at McKinsey & Company and Saint Gobain Corporation. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in business administration from MIT's Sloan School of Management, which he attended as a Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow.
Kevin Conley has served as senior vice president of SanDisk's Client Storage Solutions team since January 2011. Previously, Conley was vice president of engineering at Corsair from 2009 to 2010. Conley worked for SanDisk from 1993 until 2009, holding positions as vice president of research and development for audio/video products, senior director of product system engineering and director of system engineering and product development. Prior to joining SanDisk, he worked as an engineer and an engineering manager in the hard disk drive industry. Conley is listed as the inventor or co-inventor on 50 patents in the area of non-volatile memory architecture and management. Conley earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and his master's degree in computer science and engineering from Santa Clara University.
Drew Henry is SanDisk's senior vice president of the Mobile & Connected Solutions team where he is responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies, as well as driving the company's embedded and removable product roadmaps. Henry joined SanDisk from NVIDIA where he served in various executive roles, most recently as the general manager of the GeForce GPU business. Prior to NVIDIA, Henry held leadership positions at iBeam Broadcasting, Silicon Graphics and Failure Analysis Associates. He started his career in the technology industry with TRW. Henry holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the University of the Pacific.
Atsuyoshi Koike is senior vice president of technology and fab operations and president of SanDisk (Japan) Limited, the company's wholly-owned subsidiary in Japan. He joined SanDisk in August 2006 from Renesas Technology where he was a corporate chief engineer. Prior to that, Koike was president and chief executive officer of Trecenti Techologies, Inc. He also held various management positions at Hitachi Ltd. including general manager of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Center. Koike earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in material science from Waseda University, Japan and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Tohoku University, Japan.
Shuki Nir is SanDisk's senior vice president, corporate marketing and general manager of retail. Previously, he served as general manager of SanDisk's consumer business. Nir joined SanDisk in November 2006 through the acquisition of msystems Ltd. Prior to that, he held sales and marketing positions at Destinator Ltd. and also co-founded and served as chief executive officer of MindEcho. Nir earned his bachelor's degree in law and accounting and his master's degree in business administration from Tel Aviv University.
Henri Richard is SanDisk's senior vice president of worldwide commercial sales & support. Prior to joining SanDisk, he served as SVP and chief sales and marketing officer for Freescale since 2007, leading an organization of over 1,000 people with functional responsibilities that included sales, technical support, and corporate, field and segment marketing. Prior to Freescale, Richard held various senior executive sales and marketing positions at companies including AMD, WebGain, IBM and Seagate. Richard has worked in both the U.S. and Europe, and his experience includes entrepreneurial roles in addition to senior corporate positions.
Richard holds a Baccalaureate E Science & Technology degree from Ecole Nationale Radiotechnique Electronique Appliquee in France; he also attended the Université Paris Jussieu, the Ville d’Avray Institute of Technology and completed numerous executive development programs at the CRC Jouy en Josas.
John Scaramuzzo is the senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions team. Scaramuzzo is a veteran of the storage industry with more than 25 years of experience that includes leadership roles at Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. Prior to joining SanDisk, he served as president of SMART Storage Systems where he was responsible for driving and expanding the company's technology leadership and storage business in the enterprise, OEM and channel markets, as well as in the related cloud, big data and vertical industries. Scaramuzzo holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Boston University and a master's in electrical science from Harvard University. He also holds three U.S. patents related to disk-drive technology and applications.
Gursharan Singh is SanDisk's senior vice president of global manufacturing and supply chain operations. He joined SanDisk in 1998 and has since served in a range of leadership positions within the worldwide operations organization. Gursh's accomplishments include establishing SanDisk's first contract manufacturing relationships in Asia and managing the captive assembly and test operations in Shanghai, which he helped evolve into a world-class operation that ships millions of units on a daily basis to retail, OEM and enterprise customers globally. Gursh earned a bachelor's degree in science from Panjab University in mechanical engineering, and Masters in Industrial Studies from San Jose State University, Gursh is also a graduate of Stanford's Executive Program (SEP 2012).
Dr. Siva Sivaram is the senior vice president of memory technology for SanDisk, responsible for the ongoing development of the company's industry-leading NAND flash memory, as well as the development of next-generation technologies, including 3D NAND (BiCS) and 3D ReRAM. Sivaram has over 27 years of experience in semiconductors, 3-D memory architectures, process technology, equipment and materials. He has held executive positions at Intel and Matrix Semiconductor (Matrix), and at SanDisk after its acquisition of Matrix. Additionally, he founded and led Twin Creeks Technologies, a solar panel and equipment company, has served as a board member for a number of start-up firms, was entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosslink Capital and XSeed Capital, a research scholar at Matsushita Electric, and an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University.
Sivaram has published numerous technical papers as well as a textbook on chemical vapor deposition, and he holds several patents. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in materials science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a Distinguished Alumnus of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi, India, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Jeff VerHeul is the senior vice president for corporate engineering where he oversees the development of SanDisk's growing portfolio of SSD, embedded and removable products and solutions. VerHeul brings 30 years of engineering and management experience to SanDisk where joined from Standard Microsystems Corporation (SMSC), now a part of Microchip Technology. At SMSC he was senior vice president of engineering. Prior to that, he held executive roles at AMD in platform solutions engineering and silicon design. Verheul began his career at IBM where he spent 25 years in positions that included the vice president of server development, vice president of product development for microelectronics, and vice president of engineering and technology services. VerHeul holds a master's degree in management of technology from MIT, and a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Iowa State University.
Eric Whitaker is SanDisk's senior vice president and chief legal officer. He is responsible for all of the company's legal matters, including those related to corporate governance, securities law, commercial agreements and transactions, litigation, intellectual property development and licensing strategies, and supporting SanDisk's joint ventures and M&A transactions. Whitaker's prior experience includes extensive work with senior management teams and boards of directors of technology companies such as Tesla, Avalanche Technology and Lexar Media on a variety of strategic, operational and compliance matters.
Whitaker obtained his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University. His recognitions include being selected as one of the 25 leading general counsel in California in 2011 by the Daily Journal, and receiving the "In-House Legal Department of the Year" award in 2012 by the Recorder, an American Lawyer publication.
Mr. Federman has served as a Director of the Company since September 1988. Mr. Federman has been a General Partner in U.S. Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, since April 1990. Mr. Federman was President and Chief Executive Officer of Monolithic Memories, Inc., a semiconductor company, from 1978 to 1987. Prior to serving as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Federman was the Chief Financial Officer of Monolithic Memories, Inc. Mr. Federman also serves as a Director for Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., a security software company, Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a semiconductor company, and various private corporations and charitable trusts. Previously, Mr. Federman served as a Director of Centillium Communications, Inc., a developer and supplier of communications integrated circuits, and Nuance Communications, Inc., a speech recognition software company. Mr. Federman holds a BS. in Economics from Brooklyn College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Mr. Gomo has served as a Director of the Company since December 2005. Mr. Gomo was Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer from October 2004 until his retirement in December 2011, and Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer from August 2002 to September 2004, at NetApp, Inc., a storage and data management company. Mr. Gomo was also Chief Financial Officer of Gemplus International S.A. from November 2000 to April 2002, Chief Financial Officer of Asera, Inc. from February 2000 to November 2000 and Chief Financial Officer of Silicon Graphics, Inc. from February 1998 to February 2000. Previously, Mr. Gomo spent 24 years at Hewlett-Packard Company serving in various finance, financial management, manufacturing, and general management positions. Mr. Gomo has a BS in Business Administration from Oregon State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Mr. Gomo has served as a Director of Enphase Energy Inc. since March 2011 and has been on the Board of Trustees of Oregon State University since October 2011. Mr. Gomo previously served as a Director and member of the Audit Committee of Macromedia, Inc. from April 2004 to December 2005.
Mr. Hartenstein has served as a Director of the Company since November 2005. Since August 2008, Mr. Hartenstein has served as Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times Media Group ("LATMG"), a print and online media company that publishes the Los Angeles Times among other publications and websites, and has served as Co-President of LATMG's parent entity, Tribune Company, since November 2010. Prior to joining the LATMG, Mr. Hartenstein served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of HD Partners Acquisition Corporation, a corporation formed to acquire assets or an operating business in the media, entertainment or telecommunication industries, from the company’s formation in December 2005 through February 2008. Previously, Mr. Hartenstein served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DIRECTV, Inc., a television service provider, from its inception in 1990 through 2003, when News Corporation purchased a controlling interest in the company. He continued as Vice Chairman of The DIRECTV Group through 2004, when he retired. Mr. Hartenstein is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2002, and received an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2007. Mr. Hartenstein also serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of SIRIUS-XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., and as a Director of Broadcom Corporation and a director of the City of Hope. Mr. Hartenstein has also served as a Director of Thomson, S.A. (Thomson Multimedia). Mr. Hartenstein received a BS in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received an MS in Applied Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Hu has served as a Director of the Company since August 4, 2009. Since 2001, Dr. Hu has served as the TSMC Distinguished Chair Professor of Microelectronics in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley, where he has been a professor since 1976. From 2001 until 2004, Dr. Hu was the Chief Technology Officer at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Dr. Hu also serves on the Board of Inphi Corporation and served on the Boards of MoSys, Inc. and Formfactor, Inc. and was the founding Board Chairman of Celestry Design Solutions. Dr. Hu is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Academia Sinica. Dr. Hu received his BS degree from National Taiwan University and his MS and PhD degress from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering.
Ms. Lego served as a Director of the Company from 1989 to 2002 and returned to the Board in May 2004. Ms. Lego was a General Partner of The Photonics Fund, an early stage venture fund focused on investing in components, modules, and systems companies for the fiber optics telecommunications market from December 1999 to December 2009. She was a General Partner at Oak Investment Partners from 1981 to 1992. Ms. Lego serves as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Lam Research Corporation, a provider of wafer fabrication equipment and services for the semiconductor industry. From October 2004 to May 2008, Ms. Lego served as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for WJ Communications, Inc., a public semiconductor company in the wireless communications market. From September 2007 to January 2009, Ms. Lego served as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of StrataLight Communications, Inc., a private company, which sells optical transport equipment. Ms. Lego joined the Board of Cosworth Group, a private United Kingdom-based precision engineering products and services company in March 2011. In 2013, Ms. Lego joined the Board of Directors for Fairchild Semiconductor serving on its Nominating and Governance, and Compensation Committees. She received a BA from Williams College and an MS in Accounting from the New York University Graduate School of Business. She has previously practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand.
Mr. Marks has served as a Director of the Company since August 2003 and as Chairman of the Board since January 2011. Since March 2007, Mr. Marks has managed a private equity fund called Riverwood Capital, LLC (formerly Bigwood Capital), which invests in rapidly growing private companies in North America and emerging markets. From August to November 2007, Mr. Marks held the position of interim Chief Executive Officer at Tesla Motors, Inc., a company producing electric sports cars. Prior to Riverwood Capital, LLC, Mr. Marks was a Senior Adviser of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a private equity firm, from January 2007 to March 2007. From January 2006 until January 2007, Mr. Marks was a member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. From January 1994 to January 2006, Mr. Marks served as the Chief Executive Officer of Flextronics, Inc., a leading producer of advanced electronic manufacturing services. Mr. Marks served as a Director of Flextronics, Inc. from 1991 to January 2008. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Flextronics, Inc. effective upon his retirement as Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2006, until his retirement from the Board of Flextronics, Inc. in January 2008. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Flextronics from 1993 to January 2003. Mr. Marks also serves as a Director of Schlumberger Limited, an oil services company, several private boards, the National Parks Conservation Association, and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Mr. Marks previously served as a Director of Calix Networks, Inc., a leading provider in North America of broadband communications access systems and software for copper- and fiber-based network architectures, Sun Microsystems, Inc., a provider of enterprise computing systems, software and services, and Crocs, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of footwear for men, women, and children. Mr. Marks received a BA and a MA from Oberlin College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Mercer has served as a Director of the Company since September 2013. He has served as a Director of Polycom, Inc. since November 2007, and as a Director of QLogic Corporation since October 2010. Mr. Mercer was the Chief Executive Officer of Conexant Systems, Inc. from April 2008 to April 2011, and he also served as a member of the Board of Conexant from May 2003 to April 2011, including as Chairman from August 2008 to April 2011. At Adaptec, Inc., Mr. Mercer served as interim Chief Executive Officer from May 2005 through November 2005, and on Adaptec’s Board of Directors from November 2003 to October 2008. Mr. Mercer has also held Board positions at Palm, Inc., SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc., Alantec Corporation, NetRatings, Inc., and several private companies.
Mr. Mercer was a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Western Digital Corporation from October 2001 through January 2004, and served as Western Digital’s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer from 1991 to 1996. Mr. Mercer has also served in various senior operating and finance roles with Dell, Inc., JWP Businessland, Inc,, LSI Corporation, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a BS in Accounting from California Polytechnic University.