Board of Directors
Jon Kirchner is our Chief Executive Officer and also serves on our board of directors. Previously he was President of Xperi following the completion of the acquisition of DTS in December 2016. At DTS he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2010 and served as the company's Chief Executive Officer beginning 2001. Jon led DTS through a period of significant success, growing it from a small startup, to a global industry leader generating over $190 million in licensing revenue. Prior to joining DTS he worked for the consulting and audit groups at Price Waterhouse LLP (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). During his tenure at Price Waterhouse LLP, he advised clients on a range of strategy, finance, operations and valuation issues. In 2012, Jon received the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles and in 2011, he was honored by the Producers Guild of America, receiving the “Digital 25: Leaders in Emerging Entertainment” award for being among the visionaries that have made significant contributions to the advancement of digital entertainment and storytelling.
Since June of 2012, Jon has served on the Board of Directors of Free Stream Media Corporation (Samba TV), a leader in developing cross platform TV experiences for consumers and advertisers. Jon is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College.
Richard S. Hill has served as a member of the Board since August 2012 and as Chairman of the Board since March 2013. Mr. Hill also served as the Company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer from April 15, 2013 until May 29, 2013. Mr. Hill previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Novellus Systems Inc., until its acquisition for more than $3 billion by Lam Research Corporation in June 2012. During his nearly 20 years leading Novellus Systems, a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of semiconductor equipment used in fabricating integrated circuits, Mr. Hill grew annual revenues from approximately $100 million to over $1 billion. Before joining Novellus in 1993, Mr. Hill spent 12 years with Tektronix Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of test and measurement devices such as oscilloscopes and logic analyzers. Mr. Hill rose through the ranks of the corporation starting as a General Manager of the Integrated Circuits division, and finishing his time as the President of the Tektronix Development Company and Tektronix Components Corporation. Before joining Tektronix, Mr. Hill worked in a variety of engineering and management positions with General Electric, Motorola and Hughes Aircraft Company. Presently, Mr. Hill is a member of the Boards of Directors of Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., a producer of storage, communications and consumer semiconductor products, Arrow Electronics, Inc., a global provider of products and services to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing, and Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, the leading global supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. Mr. Hill previously served on the Board of Directors of LSI Corporation, Autodesk, Inc., Planar Systems, Inc., and Yahoo!. Mr. Hill received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois in Chicago and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University.
Dave Habiger joined our Board of Directors in December 2016. Most recently he served on the DTS board as Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He is currently serving as CEO at JD Power. Previously, Dave was the CEO of Textura Corporation prior to its sale to Oracle. He also held the CEO position at NDS Group Ltd. prior to its sale to Cisco Systems, and was president and CEO at Sonic Solutions prior to its sale to Rovi. He demonstrated his skill in leading companies through all stages of development by guiding Sonic through an IPO and to its position as a leading cloud-based provider of premium movies and TV shows. Dave serves on a variety of public and private boards and is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Dave received a BBA degree from St. Norbert College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
George A. Riedel has served on the Board since May 2013. Mr. Riedel is currently the Chairman and CEO of Cloudmark, a private SF based network security company. Mr. Riedel joined the board at Cloudmark in June 2013, became Chairman in January 2014 and CEO in December 2014. Mr. Riedel is currently the Chairman of the Board of Montreal-based Accedian Networks, where he has served as a director since 2010. Mr. Riedel has also served on the board of directors of PeerApp since 2011. Mr. Riedel served on the board of directors of Blade Network Technologies from 2009 until its sale to IBM in 2010. In March 2006, Mr. Riedel joined Nortel Networks Corporation, a publicly-traded, multinational, telecommunications equipment manufacturer (“Nortel”), as part of the turnaround team as the Chief Strategy Officer. His role changed after Nortel initiated creditor protection under the respective restructuring regimes of Canada under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, in the U.S. under the Bankruptcy Code, the United Kingdom under the Insolvency Act 1986, on January 14, 2009, and subsequently, Israel, to lead the sale/restructuring of various carrier and enterprise business units through a series of transactions to leading industry players such as Ericsson, Avaya and Ciena. Mr. Riedel led the efforts to create stand-alone business units, carve out the relevant P&L and balance sheet elements and assign predominately used patents to enable sales of the assets. In 2010, Mr. Riedel’s role changed to President of Business Units and CSO as he took leadership of the effort to monetize the remaining 6,500 patents and applications patents as well as manage the P&L for several business units that were held for sale. The 2011 patent sale led to an unprecedented transaction of $4.5 billion to a consortium of Apple, Ericsson, RIM, Microsoft and EMC. Prior to Nortel, Mr. Riedel was the Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development of Juniper Networks, Inc., a publicly-traded designer, developer and manufacturer of networking products, from 2003 until 2006. Previously, Mr. Riedel was also a Director at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he spent 15 years serving clients in the telecom and technology sectors in Asia and North America on a range of strategy and growth issues. Mr. Riedel earned a BS with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Christopher A. Seams has served as a director since March 2013. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Seams was the Chief Executive Officer of Deca Technologies. Prior to Deca Technologies, Mr. Seams served as executive vice president of sales and marketing at Cypress Semiconductor and held various technical and operational management positions in manufacturing, development, and operations. Prior to joining Cypress in 1990, he worked in process development for Advanced Micro Devices and Philips Research Laboratories. Mr. Seams also serves on the Board of Directors of Nanometrics Inc. Mr. Seams earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Seams is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
V. Sue Molina joined the Xperi Board of Directors in February 2018. She previously served on the Board of Directors at DTS, Inc., where she was Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. From November 1997 until her retirement in May 2004, Ms. Molina was a tax partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international accounting firm, serving from September 2000 until May 2004 as the national partner in charge of Deloitte’s Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women. Prior to Deloitte, Ms. Molina spent twenty years with Ernst & Young LLP, an international accounting firm, including the last ten years as a partner. Ms. Molina has been a member of the Board of Directors at Vital Voices since October 1999, serving as chair of the Finance Committee from 1999 to 2014, and currently serving as vice chair since January 2014. From September 2006 to May 2009, Ms. Molina served on the Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Board of Directors as the chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. She also served on the Royal Neighbors of America Board of Directors from September 2004 to May 2013 as the chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Molina holds a B.S.B.A. and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.