Since joining Arm as one of its first employees, Simon has driven technical and business innovations to help transform the company into the leading architect of the most pervasive compute technology the world has ever seen.
Simon led the development of early ground-breaking Arm processors – the Arm7 and Arm9 – powering the world’s first digital mobile phones. He played a key role in developing industry standards, and his engineering work led to him being granted several embedded-systems patents. He became vice president of engineering in 2001, and before being named as Arm CEO in July 2013, he held several other strategy positions including global head of sales. He was personally responsible for expanding the company’s U.S. business and strengthening its leadership and relationships in California’s Silicon Valley, where he still lives with his family.
Simon helped steer the company through the 2016 acquisition by SoftBank, and, in June 2017, was elected to serve on the SoftBank board. He also sits on the boards of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), TechWorks and is a non-executive director at Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Simon earned his BEng in electronic engineering from the University of Sussex and an MSc in computer science from the University of Manchester. In recognition of his extraordinary lifetime accomplishments and his impact to the global tech industry, Simon was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Sussex.
Jensen Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since its inception as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.
Starting out in PC graphics, NVIDIA helped build the gaming market into the largest entertainment industry in the world today. The company’s invention of the GPU in 1999 made possible real-time programmable shading, which defines modern computer graphics, and later revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.
Huang is a recipient of the IEEE Founder’s Medal, the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award and honorary doctorate degrees from Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University and Oregon State University. In 2019, Harvard Business Review ranked him No. 1 on its list of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs over the lifetime of their tenure. In 2017, he was named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year.
Prior to founding NVIDIA, Huang worked at LSI Logic and Advanced Micro Devices. He holds a BSEE degree from Oregon State University and an MSEE degree from Stanford University.
Liz is a developer advocate, labor and ethics organizer, and Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) with 16+ years of experience. She is an advocate at Honeycomb for the SRE and Observability communities, and previously was an SRE working on products ranging from the Google Cloud Load Balancer to Google Flights.
She lives in Brooklyn with her wife Elly, metamours, and a Samoyed/Golden Retriever mix, and in San Francisco and Seattle with her other partners. She plays classical piano, leads an EVE Online alliance, and advocates for transgender rights.
Chris Bergey is the senior vice president and general manager of the Infrastructure Line of Business at Arm. Chris’ organization is responsible for the proliferation of Arm-based solutions throughout the data infrastructure of today and tomorrow, from cloud computing to the network edge.
Prior to joining Arm, Chris served as senior vice president of Devices Products at Western Digital Corporation and was responsible for product management and product marketing across the company’s $10B+ portfolio of hard drive and flash-based products for datacenter, client, mobile, automotive, and IoT. Previously, Chris was the vice president of Marketing at Luxtera, a silicon photonics startup that revolutionized datacenter interconnect, after spending over nine years at Broadcom.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Drexel University and a MBA degree from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
David Brown is the Vice President of Amazon EC2, a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. He joined AWS in 2007, as a software developer based in Cape Town, working on the early development of Amazon EC2. Over the last 12 years, he has had several roles within Amazon EC2, working on shaping the service into what it is today. Prior to joining Amazon, David worked as a software developer within a financial industry startup.
Don MacAskill is co-founder, CEO, and Chief Geek of SmugMug, Inc. Founded in 2002 with a mission to support a rapidly growing global community of photographers, Don focused his passion, expertise, and business on serving the only shareholders he believes truly matter: the customer. Personally investing in everything from culture to code to customer support and everything in between over the past 17 years, Don successfully bootstrapped SmugMug Inc. which purchased Flickr from Yahoo in 2018, to not only profitability, but also into the world’s largest and most influential photographer-focused community.
Dianne Marsh is the Director of the Device & Content Security team at Netflix. Her team works with device partners around the world to provide secure transit of video content that you watch on Netflix, and is tasked with ensuring a great user experience for our viewers. Dianne earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University.
Alexander Hitzinger, CEO of Artemis, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, is responsible for the development of new technologies for electric, highly automated driving and an extensive ecosystem around the car. It´s first task is to create a highly efficient electric car that is scheduled to be on the road as early as 2024. Hitzinger started his professional career in 1997 as a development engineer with Toyota Motorsport in Germany. From 2000 to 2006, he worked at the British engine manufacturer Cosworth, where he was in charge of the CA-V8 Formula 1 Engine design. During the period from 2006 to 2011, Hitzinger was Head of Advanced Technologies at Red Bull’s Formula 1 Team. From 2011 until 2016, Hitzinger was Technical Director for Porsche’s Le Mans World Endurance Championship program, which won in three consecutive years the famous 24 hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championships. In this function, he was responsible for the development of the 919 hybrid long-distance racing car. In 2016, Hitzinger moved to Apple in California and in 2019 re-joined Volkswagen Group.
Greg Bowman is an Associate Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and serves as the Director of the Folding@home project. He and his lab are focused on harnessing protein dynamics to design new therapeutics and understand/predict the effects of genetic variations. To achieve this, they combine experimental approaches with computer simulations that allow them to watch how every atom in a protein moves. These simulations could easily take hundreds to millions of years on a single desktop computer. To amass sufficient computing power, Bowman and his team lead the Folding@home distributed computing platform, which brings together millions of citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations on their personal computers. Using Folding@home and complementary experiments, the Bowman lab has identified new strategies for combating infectious diseases, like antibiotic resistant bacterial infections and Ebola virus, and insight into how genetic variations impact human physiology. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire Folding@home team has pivoted to focus on accelerating the discovery of new therapeutics by understanding the SARS-CoV-2 virus, identifying new therapeutic opportunities, and designing small molecule drugs. These efforts are tightly integrated with those of experimental collaborators, and all the data will be shared publicly to empower other scientists to explore different avenues of attack on the virus.
Rene Haas is the president of Arm’s IP Products Group (IPG) and a member of the Arm Executive Committee. Rene took over management of IPG in January 2017 and is responsible for all IPG activities including product development, engineering, sales, marketing, and commercial operations.
Rene was previously Arm’s chief commercial officer in charge of global sales and marketing, a position he held since Oct. 2015. Prior to that he served as the vice president of strategic alliances.
Before joining Arm, Rene held several applications management, applications engineering and product engineering roles, including seven years at NVIDIA as vice president and general manager of its computing products business.
Dipti Vachani is the senior vice president and general manager of the Automotive and IoT Line of Business at Arm. Dipti’s organization is responsible for the proliferation of Arm-based solutions in the transformational opportunities of autonomous driving and IoT.
Prior to joining Arm, Dipti served as vice president and general manager of the Product Management and Customer Enablement division in the IoT Group at Intel Corporation. There, she was responsible for driving the overall product development roadmap, technology direction, IoT Edge product portfolio and worldwide customer enablement for IoT.
Before Intel, Dipti spent 17 years at Texas Instruments, where she led the creation of the company’s Sitara brand of Arm MPUs and held multiple product manager and leadership roles including vice president and general manager of the Single Core Processors group.
Dipti has served on the board of directors for NetSpeed Systems and the Innovation and Technology advisory board for the City of San Jose. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University, an executive MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the executive education programs at Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge business schools.
Arun Kishan leads development of the Core Operating System components underpinning Windows. Under his leadership, his team is responsible for Kernel and Platform development, Storage and File Systems, Virtualization Technology, as well as the ongoing development of the Windows Server Business, including newer initiatives such as Azure Stack HCI. These technology areas span a wide portfolio of Microsoft products, ranging from the Azure Datacenter, the Intelligent Edge and Server, XBOX, IoT, and the Windows desktop OS.
Having joined Microsoft in 2002 as an individual contributor in the kernel group, Arun has led various initiatives across the systems space including high end scalability, security and isolation, virtualization and containerization, power efficiency, zero downtime updates in the datacenter, hybrid appliances, new platform enablement (ARM64), and stronger integration of Linux with Windows. Arun is passionate about technology and committed to inspiring customers with new experiences that empower them to achieve more. Arun holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Paul leads the Client Line of Business within Arm. The client team defines the compute platform that shapes user experiences in smartphone, AR/VR, DTV, gaming and laptop/tablet markets.
Paul previously ran Security, IoT and wireless businesses at Arm has been involved in connected devices since the early days of Bluetooth, developing innovative products for consumer, medical and industrial markets.
Prior to joining Arm Paul led the low power wireless division of CSR, a fabless semiconductor business (now part of Qualcomm). Paul started his career in engineering consultancy, working with leading global brands to develop innovative products and services.
Richard Grisenthwaite is senior vice president, chief architect and fellow at Arm, where he has been working for the past 21 years. He is responsible for the long-term evolution of the Arm architecture and has led the architecture since the introduction of Armv6 in 2001.
In his early days at Arm, Richard worked on Arm720T, Arm940T and Arm1136EJF-S. Prior to Arm, Richard worked for Analog Devices on fixed function DSP, and at Inmos/ST on the Transputer. Richard has a BA from the University of Cambridge and holds 86 patents in the field of microprocessors.
Mark Hambleton is vice president of Open Source Software at Arm. Mark joined Arm in 2014 and took over leading the open source software group soon after. Within this role, Mark leads the system software teams chartered with driving Arm’s leadership in open source and has been responsible for the software engineering relationship with Linaro. Prior to joining Arm, Mark was a member of the Linaro TSC representing Broadcom and prior to Broadcom was the Head of Core Systems and a Distinguished Architect at Nokia in their Smart Devices group. Mark has been working with open source technologies for over 20 years and in the Arm ecosystem for more approaching 15 and involved with Linaro at various levels for the majority of their history.
Chet is vice president of Arm’s automotive business, leading a team focused on delivering the safe, scalable technology required for current and next-generation automotive applications that are redefining the future of mobility, including powertrain, digital cockpit and advanced driver assistance (ADAS). In his role, Chet and his team work closely with automotive partners from across the ecosystem, including OEM carmakers, tier 1 subsystem integrators, silicon providers, and software and tools suppliers, to ensure Arm is developing solutions that meet the changing requirements of this rapidly evolving market. Chet joined Arm in 2017, and before focusing on automotive he led Arm’s security and cellular IoT initiatives. Prior to Arm, Chet was at MediaTek, where led the EMEA business development, sales, and customer support teams, and also established MediaTek’s first steps into the European automotive industry. Chet has worked in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years in a variety of technical and commercial roles, starting his career as an RF and analog chip designer. Chet has also advised the UK government on its ICT trade and investment strategy.
Jem Davies is a fellow, vice president and general manager of Arm’s Machine Learning Group, focusing on machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions. He was previously general manager and vice president of technology for the Media Processing, and Imaging and Vision, Groups, where he set the future technology roadmaps and undertook technological investigations for several acquisitions. Based in Cambridge, Jem was previously a member of Arm’s Architecture Review Board and holds four patents in the fields of CPU and GPU design.
Ian Smythe is the vice president of Marketing at Arm. Ian is part of the Client Line of Business leadership team and oversees all Client marketing activity. Ian holds strong relationships with the wider Client ecosystem, working closely with partners to understand their evolving compute requirements which inform Arm’s future product strategies. Ian leads a team that oversees the strategic roll-out of new Client products and solutions, which span Arm Cortex CPUs, Mali multimedia processors, tools and software, and developer enablement. He ensures that Arm’s product strategy is clearly defined as the industry shifts to a more solutions-based approach, while addressing current and emerging market needs. Ian joined Arm in 2009 as director of Marketing for the Media Processing Group (MPG) where his focus was developing and launching the Arm Mali-400 GPU, which became the world’s number one GPU. Prior to this he held senior marketing and engineering positions in companies which include a leading semiconductor vendor to a DSP start-up. Ian has worked in the technology sector for more than 20 years, gaining extensive experience across areas including sonar, semiconductors, processors, DSPs, GPUs, embedded code, and communication protocol stacks. He holds a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Coventry (formerly Coventry Polytechnic).
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