Board of Directors
Mr Mackintosh (age 64), Chairman, has served as a non-executive director since May 2004 and was appointed Chairman with effect from 2 May 2007. Mr Mackintosh is a non-executive director of software company Fidessa Group plc and non-executive chairman of AlertMe.com Ltd. Mr Mackintosh has held a number of senior executive positions in European technology companies. Between 1992 and 2000, Mr Mackintosh was Chief Executive of Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) European business, which had revenues of $2.5 billion. He is also a former director of Gemplus SA, and the former chairman of each of Smartstream Technologies Ltd, Northgate Information Solutions plc and also of Differentis, a privately owned IT consultancy which he co-founded in July 2000. Mr Mackintosh is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Mr van Beurden (age 53), Chief Executive Officer, was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 November 2007. He has over 15 years of experience in managing technology companies in the US and Europe. Prior to joining CSR, Mr van Beurden was Chief Executive of NexWave Inc., a provider of embedded software solutions for the consumer electronics market based in France. Before joining NexWave, Mr van Beurden held senior positions at Canesta Inc., a fabless semiconductor company in San Jose, California and Philips Components also in San Jose. Prior to that, Mr van Beurden had worked for five years for management and strategy consultants McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. Mr van Beurden has also worked as a crude oil trader for Royal Dutch Shell in Rotterdam and lectured in Physics and Electronics at the University of Zambia in Lusaka. In January 2009, Mr van Beurden was appointed a director of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), a not-for-profit organisation supporting collaboration, supply chain integration and innovation in the global semiconductor industry. Mr van Beurden holds a Masters degree in Applied Physics from Twente University of Technology in Enschede, The Netherlands.
Mr Gardiner (age 48), Chief Financial Officer, joined CSR as Chief Financial Officer in June 2008. Prior to joining CSR, Mr Gardiner was Finance Director for Technology and Enterprise at BSkyB plc. Before its acquisition by BSkyB in 2006, Mr Gardiner had since 2001 been CFO of Easynet Group plc, a pan-European broadband telecoms company. Between 1991 and 2001, Mr Gardiner held a number of senior roles within JPMorgan’s investment banking division, specialising in the telecoms and technology sectors. Mr Gardiner has a BA from Harvard College and MA from Johns Hopkins University.
Mr Ladas (age 67), Operations Director, was appointed a director of CSR on 1 January 2008. He joined the Company in May 2000 when he served as CSR’s Executive Vice President, Operations. He has been instrumental in establishing CSR’s supply chain partnership with TSMC, world leader in wafer foundry operations and ASE, the largest assembly and test subcontractor in the industry. Mr Ladas currently serves as Executive Vice President Operations. Between January 1996 and May 2000, Mr Ladas served as the vice president of operations at Micro Linear Corporation. Prior to 1996, Mr Ladas held several managerial and technical positions at National Semiconductor, Fairchild, Harris, Sperry, Motorola and Signetics. Mr Ladas holds a BS in Chemistry from Arizona State University, USA. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Leadership Council of the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
Mr Carlisle (age 65), a non-executive director and CSR’s Senior Independent Director, was appointed a non-executive director of CSR in July 2005 and was appointed as Senior Independent Director on 27 May 2009. He is also a member of our Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Mr Carlisle is the Chief Executive of Citigate Dewe Rogerson Consultancy. He has over 30 years experience in marketing and communications, advising major companies in the UK and internationally. He holds a BA in Economics.
Ms Vega (age 58), a non-executive director, joined CSR as a non-executive director on 27 October 2010 and is also a member of our Audit Committee. Ms Vega has over 30 years experience gained working in the technology and telecommunications industries for leading global companies, including Motorola Inc., where she served as senior vice president between June 2005 and July 2007, leading their global CDMA handset business, and Lucent Technologies Inc., where she served as Chief Operating Officer of the wireless infrastructure unit. In each of these organisations, Ms Vega led and built multi-billion dollar divisions and spearheaded major product launches. Between 2002 and 2005, Ms Vega also served as Group President, Wireless Cable and Emerging Markets at Telecordia Technologies Inc., a leading global provider of telecommunications software and services for network operators. Ms Vega is currently non-executive chairman of Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited and ip.access Limited, both Cambridge, UK based, and non-executive chairman of Arieso Ltd, based in Newbury, UK.
Dr Levy Gerzberg (age 67), a non-executive director, joined the Board of CSR as a non-executive director on 31 August 2011 following the acquisition by CSR of Zoran Corporation where he was co-founder, President, CEO and Director. Dr Gerzberg has over 30 years experience in the high technology industry in areas related to ICs, software and systems utilising digital signal processing in consumer electronics, communications, PCs, military and medical electronics markets. Prior to co-founding Zoran, Dr. Gerzberg was Associate Director of Stanford University’s Electronics Laboratory, where he managed, conducted research and taught. He was named Northern California’s “2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Semiconductor category, and in 2004, he was honoured as the recipient of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce International Partnership award. Dr Gerzberg holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MS in Medical Electronics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He is currently serving his second term on the Consumer Electronics Association’s Board of Industry Leaders.
Mr Chris Stone (age 50), a non-executive director, joined the Board of CSR as a non-executive director on 16 July 2012 and was appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee 22 May 2013. Mr Stone served as Chief Executive Officer of Northgate Information Solutions plc (now Northgate Information Solutions Holdings Limited), (‘Northgate’) from October 1999 until December 2011, and was responsible for creating a market leader in providing specialist software, outsourcing and information technology (IT) services to the human resources, local government, education and public safety markets across 5 continents with revenues of over £800 million and employing over 10,000 people. Following the acquisition of Northgate in 2007 by private equity firm KKR for £1 Billion, when Northgate de-listed, Mr Stone remained as CEO until December 2011. Prior to his role at Northgate, Mr Stone held senior positions with Accenture, Digital Equipment Corporation UK and EDS.
Mr. Walker Boyd was appointed a non-executive director of the Company on 6th December 2013 and assumed the role of chairman of the audit committee on 1st January 2014.
Mr. Boyd is a chartered accountant, with extensive experience of working in listed companies in the UK and US. Until June 2010, when he retired, Mr. Boyd served as Group Finance Director of Signet Jewelers Limited (formerly Signet Group plc), (“Signet”), a position he held from 1995. Dual listed on the London and New York stock exchanges, at the time he stood down from the Board, Signet had global revenues of $3.3bn, was the largest US specialty jeweller and incorporated a number of recognised UK brands including H Samuel and Ernest Jones.
Between September 2010 and August 2013, Mr. Boyd was non-executive chairman of WH Smith PLC. He is currently non-executive chairman of Spirit Pub Company plc, (“Spirit”), a role he has held since the de-merger of Spirit from Punch Taverns in August 2011.