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Wallace C. Kou
President, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kou founded Silicon Motion in 1995 and has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since our founding. Prior to founding Silicon Motion, Mr. Kou was the Vice President and Chief Architect at the Multimedia Products Division of Western Digital Corporation, which developed graphics processors for notebook PCs and was sold to Philips Semiconductor in 1995. Before Western Digital, Mr. Kou worked for Wyse Technology. Mr. Kou has a BS in Electrical & Control Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and an MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Riyadh Lai
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Lai joined us in April 2007 from ING Corporate Finance, Asia, where he was the Head of the Technology Group. Previously, he was also an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO and finance manager at PepsiCo in Hong Kong and New York. Mr. Lai has twenty years of financial management and M&A transaction experience. He has a BA in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.

Nelson Duann
Senior VP of Marketing and R&D and Director
Mr. Duann became our Senior Vice President of marketing and R&D for mobile storage in November 2018. He joined Silicon Motion in August 2007 as a product marketing director and R&D team leader. Mr. Duann has almost 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry in product design, development and marketing. Prior to Silicon Motion, he worked for Sun Microsystems focusing on UltraSPARC microprocessor projects. He has an MS in Communications Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Arthur Yeh
VP of Sales, Asia and Greater China
Mr. Yeh has served as our Vice President of our mobile storage sales since November 2004. Mr. Yeh has over 20 years of sales experience managing marketing strategies, including product promotions and sales activities for semiconductor products. Mr. Yeh previously served in management positions at VIA Technologies for 10 years and joined us in 2004. Mr. Yeh holds an MS degree in Management Business Administration from the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan.

Robert Fan
President of SMI USA
Mr. Fan has served as President of SMI USA in charge of our business operations in the Americas and Europe. He also oversees corporate marketing communications, public relations and our graphics product line. Mr. Fan has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience and joined Silicon Motion in May 2013. Prior to Silicon Motion, Mr. Fan served in executive management roles at Spansion, IDT, Staktek, and at two venture capital-backed startups. He also spent over nine years at Intel in sales, marketing and management positions and was a chip designer earlier in his career. Mr. Fan holds a BS in EECS from UC Berkeley, an MSEE from Santa Clara University and completed the General Management Executive Program at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas.

Ken Chen
VP of Operations
Mr. Chen has served as our Vice President of operations since November 2003. Mr. Chen has over 20 years of manufacturing and operations experience in the semiconductor industry managing supply chain and virtual manufacturing systems including wafer fabrication, mask tooling, as well as assembly and testing. Mr. Chen previously served in management positions at Faraday Technology and UMC, and joined us in 2003. Mr. Chen has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan and an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

Kevin Yeh
VP of R&D, Algorithm & Technology
Mr. Yeh became our Vice President of research and development in August 2012. He joined Silicon Motion in September 2003 as a product marketing director, before leading our Algorithm and Technology R&D team. Mr. Yeh has more than 20 years of experience in semiconductor product design, development and marketing. Prior to Silicon Motion, Mr. Yeh worked at TSMC, Neo Magic, VLSI Technology and LSI. Mr. Yeh holds a BS degree in Control Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and an MS degree in Electronic Engineering from Syracuse University.

Kevin Tsai
Senior Director of R&D, System Validation
Mr. Tsai joined us in January 2020 with approximately 30 years of storage industry R&D experience relating to SSDs, HDDs and ODDs. Prior to joining Silicon Motion, he was the VP of R&D for DRAM module and Flash-related applications at TIGO Semiconductor and had also worked at Lite-on and Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). Mr. Tsai holds an MS degree in Communications Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.