Sigma Designs


Thinh Q. Tran

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Tran, a co-founder of Sigma Designs, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since the Company’s inception in 1982. Under Mr. Tran’s leadership, the Company has grown from a small start-up to a global multimillion-dollar public company, weathering the many ups and downs of the industry, economy, and rapid changes in technology. Mr. Tran has played an integral role in transitioning the business from solutions for personal computer displays to solutions for consumer appliances in the smart home. Prior to founding Sigma Designs, Mr. Tran was employed by Amdahl Corporation and Trilogy Systems Corporation, both of which were involved in the IBM-compatible mainframe computer market. Mr. Tran received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 and his M.S.E.E. from Stanford University in 1975.

Sal Cobar

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Cobar has more than 30 years of professional experience in the high technology industry. Most recently, as the Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Silicon Image, he founded their new HDMI business for the television, set-top box, PC and AVR markets. During his tenure from 2002 to 2010, Mr. Cobar played a fundamental role in driving the company’s growth to over $200M in annualized sales. Previously, Mr. Cobar worked for Sun Microsystems as Director of Strategic Sales and Marketing for Volume Server/Thin Client Products, where he grew sales from zero to $72 million in less than two years. He has also worked for Xerox Corporation as a Process Manufacturing Engineer. Mr. Cobar holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from San Jose State University and a Masters in Business Administration/Marketing from Golden Gate University.

Elisa Nader

Elias Nader

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Nader has over 20 years of experience in Finance and Accounting. Before joining Sigma Designs, Mr. Nader was the Chief Financial Officer for Imperial Holding, based in Europe and the Middle East. He has also been a financial consultant with a number of global companies in Europe and the Middle East where he applied his proficiency in French, Spanish and Arabic. Mr. Nader has also served as Corporate Controller for Bay Area-based Dionex Corporation (acquired by Thermo-Fisher). Prior to Dionex, he was the Vice President of Finance at InterWave Communications (acquired by Alvarion, Inc.). Mr. Nader’s strong leadership skills have served him in a number of roles with leading companies such as Adaptive Broadband, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), VeriFone and Seagate. Mr. Nader holds an MBA from San Jose State University.

Bo Liu

Bo Liu

General Manager of APAC and Vice President of Software & Applications Engineering

Mr. Liu has 25 years of experience with a primary focus in software development and applications engineering. Prior to joining Sigma Designs, he was the vice president of engineering for ICube Corp, managing the company’s entire engineering team including ASIC design, software development, and applications engineering. Before that, he was the vice president of software and applications engineering at C2 Microsystems, vice president of applications engineering at Magnum Semiconductor, vice president of software engineering at MediaTek China and CrystalMedia (MediaTek USA), and vice president of software development at Tvia, Inc. Mr. Liu received a BSEE from Hefei University of Technology, China and an MSEE from Wichita State University, Kansas. He was also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Kenneth A. Lowe

Vice President, Strategic Marketing

Mr. Lowe, Vice President of Strategic Marketing joined Sigma Designs in May 2000 as Vice President of Marketing and served as Vice President of Business Development from January 2001 to early 2010. Prior to joining Sigma Designs, Mr. Lowe served as the Director of Multimedia Marketing for Cadence Design Systems. Before that, he founded his own technology company, Performix, and also held various marketing management positions at Sierra Semiconductor, Chrontel, and Dataquest. In the late 1980s, Mr. Lowe served as Product Marketing Director of Sigma Designs. Mr. Lowe holds a BS degree in electronics from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Jacques Martinella

Vice President, Engineering

Mr. Martinella has been the Vice President of Engineering at Sigma Designs since December 1995. He joined the company in May 1994 as Director, VLSI Engineering. From June 1990 to April 1994, Mr. Martinella served in engineering and management positions at Weitek, a graphics chip manufacturer. Mr. Martinella was an engineer at National Semiconductor, a semiconductor manufacturer, from June 1982 to June 1990. Mr. Martinella received an engineering diploma from “Ecole Superieure d’Electricite” in Paris and an M.S.E.E. from Stanford University.