Geoffrey R. Tate
Geoffrey R. Tate has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2009. From March 2010 until January 2012, Mr. Tate was the interim Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Nanosolar, Inc. Mr. Tate was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Rambus Inc. in May 1990 and served as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors until January 2005. Mr. Tate served as the non-employee Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rambus from January 2005 to August 2006. From Rambus’ IPO in 1997 to late 2003, Mr. Tate was also the sole member of the Stock Option Committee, which was authorized to approve and administer the issuance of options to Rambus non-executive employees. In 2006, Rambus’ audit committee commenced an internal investigation of the timing of past stock option grants and related accounting issues. While Mr. Tate did not develop relevant policies and was not responsible for accounting judgments, Mr. Tate entered into a settlement agreement with Rambus. From 1979 to 1990, Mr. Tate served in various marketing and product line management positions and ultimately as Senior Vice President, Microprocessors and Logic, with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Mr. Tate received his bachelor’s of science degree in computer science from University of Alberta and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. We believe that Mr. Tate’s possesses specific attributes that qualify him to serve as a director, including his extensive leadership experience as both executive and board director in the global semiconductor business and his deep industry knowledge.