J. Michael Dodson
Mr. Dodson has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2013 and as our Lead Independent Director since January 2014. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Greenwave Systems. Prior to joining Greenwave Systems, Mr. Dodson served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Mattson Technology, Inc. from 2012 to 2017. He joined Mattson as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary in 2011. Prior to joining Mattson, Mr. Dodson served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at DDi Corp., a provider of printed circuit board engineering and manufacturing services. Before joining DDi Corp., Mr. Dodson served as the CFO for three global public technology companies and Chief Accounting Officer for an S&P 500 company. Mr. Dodson started his career with Ernst & Young. He holds a B.B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sigma Designs, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of system-on-chip solutions.
Mr. Manniche is the Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Greenwave Systems, a technology development and services company which works with leading service providers, lighting manufacturers, insurance and utilities companies across the world. Mr. Manniche brings a strong visionary presence to Sigma’s board with an incredible track record of innovation in consumer electronics, home networking and services platforms for Home control, and the Internet of Things.
Mr. Manniche is a highly successful serial entrepreneur and has founded and successfully grown a number of innovative companies, collecting over 100 innovation awards in the process. Under his leadership, Greenwave was awarded the Nobel Sustainability Supported Clean Tech Company 2013 in recognition for its inventive and effective initiatives and technologies to help consumer manage their energy consumption. Prior to Greenwave Systems, Manniche served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Cisco Consumer Business Group where he helped Cisco’s consumer group successfully grow their business and innovation. Manniche has also held multiple board and advisory board positions in 12 different companies during his career.
Mr. Saleel Awsare has served on Sigma’s Board of Directors since February, 2018. He currently vice president and general manager, Audio and Imaging Business, at Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA). Prior to his current role at Synaptics, Mr. Awsare served as president of Conexant Systems, LLC, which was acquired by Synaptics in 2017. Before joining Conexant, Mr. Awsare served as president of Nuvoton’s U.S. operations and general manager of the company’s audio and voice divisions. In 2008, Mr. Awsare started the audio product line within Nuvoton, a spin-off of Winbond Electronics. Prior to Nuvoton, Mr. Awsare was the executive vice president and general manager of mixed signal products for Winbond Electronics Corporation America. Before Winbond, Mr. Awsare was director of engineering for Information Storage Devices, where he was part of the team that developed the first single-chip analog voice playback and record product based on embedded flash technology.
Mr. Awsare holds a B.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. from Santa Clara University. He has several patents and has written for multiple publications.
Mr. Elias Nader has been a member of Sigma’s Board of Directors since February 2018. He currently serves as Sigma’s interim President, Chief Executive Officer, having been appointed to that role in January 2018, and current Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since 2014. 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.