John T. Dickson has served as a member of our board and Audit and Legal Committee since May 2012. Mr. Dickson came out of retirement to serve as Executive Vice President and head of Operations of Alcatel-Lucent, a global telecommunications corporation, from May 2010 until he retired again in January 2012. During that time, Mr. Dickson was also a member of Alcatel-Lucent’s Management Committee and, from July 2010 to December 2011, also served as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, a joint venture between Alcatel-Lucent and the Chinese government’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission. Prior to that, Mr. Dickson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Agere Systems, Inc., a leader in semiconductors and software solutions for storage, mobility and networking markets, a position he held from August 2000 until he retired in October 2005. He also served as a Board member of Agere from March 2001 until October 2005. Prior to joining Agere, Mr. Dickson held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Lucent’s Microelectronics and Communications Technologies Group; Vice President of AT&T Corporation’s integrated circuit business unit; and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SHOgraphics, Inc., a developer of three-dimensional graphics systems, as well as senior roles with ICL, plc, a computer hardware, software and service company, in the United Kingdom and Texas Instruments, Inc. in Europe. Mr. Dickson is currently a member of the Boards of Avago Technologies, Inc. and KLA-Tencor, Inc. Mr. Dickson previously served on the Boards of National Semiconductor Corporation and Mettler-Toledo International Inc.
Mr. Dickson brings to our board significant leadership, operations and technology experience gained from holding senior executive positions at global technology organizations such as Alcatel-Lucent, Agere, Lucent and AT&T, including extensive knowledge of the semiconductor industry. Also, from his current and past service as a Board member with other companies, including other semiconductor companies, Mr. Dickson offers a broad understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Board and valuable insight on a variety of significant industry issues. Mr. Dickson’s experience as Chief Executive Officer of Agere Systems, Inc. and SHOgraphics, Inc. and service on the Audit Committee of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell has given him the financial expertise to serve as one of our Audit and Legal Committee financial experts and provides experience that is particularly valuable to his service on the Audit and Legal Committee. He has also gained experience in risk management through these leadership positions, which is an important function of the Audit and Legal Committee and the Board. Mr. Dickson is nominated for election to the Board upon the recommendation of the non-management directors.more » « less