Board of Directors
Mr Mackintosh, 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 and of Nomad Digital 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, 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. He served as Chairman of the GSA from December 2011 to December 2013, after serving as a Vice Chairman since December 2009. Mr van Beurden holds a Masters degree in Applied Physics from Twente University of Technology in Enschede, The Netherlands.
Mr Gardiner, 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 (“BSkyB”). 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.
Ms Vega, 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 35 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 of which are based in Cambridge, UK.
Dr Gerzberg, 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 which he co-founded and was its President, CEO and Director. Dr Gerzberg has over 30 years experience in the high technology industry in areas related to semiconductors, software and systems utilising digital signal processing and System-On- a-Chip (SOC) platforms 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. Dr Gerzberg served as a director on the Consumers Electronics Association’s Board of Industry Leaders for two terms, from 2006 to 2008 and from 2011 to 2013. He was named Northern California’s “2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Semiconductor category, and in 2004 he was the recipient of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce International Partnership award. Dr Gerzberg holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in California and an MSc in Medical Electronics and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
Mr Stone, a non-executive director, joined the Board of CSR as a non-executive director on 16 July 2012 and is also Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Mr Stone is Chief Executive Officer of Nair & Co, a private company, with operations in the UK, India and the USA, which is a leading provider of specialist technical and administrative support services for companies which are looking to expand into international markets. Prior to taking on this role, in 2012, Mr Stone served as Chief Executive of Fitness First, one of the world’s leading health and fitness groups, as it went through a financial restructuring. From October 1999 until December 2011, Mr Stone served as Chief Executive Officer of Northgate Information Solutions plc (‘Northgate’), and was responsible for creating a market leader in providing specialist software, outsourcing and information technology services to the human resources, local government, education and public safety markets across five continents with revenues of over £850 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 Boyd, a non-executive director and CSR’s Senior Independent Director, was appointed a non-executive director of CSR on 6 December 2013. On 1 January 2014 Mr Boyd assumed the role of chairman of the audit committee and on 1 January 2015 he was appointed as Senior Independent Director. Mr Boyd is also a member of the remuneration and nomination committees. 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, a role he has held since the de-merger of Spirit from Punch Taverns in August 2011.