Cypress Honors 55 Silicon Valley CEOs and Chairmen Who Ascended to the
C-Level After Tour of Duty at the Company
Executives of SunPower Corp., ON Semiconductor Corp., Linear Technology Inc.
And SunEdison Inc. to Receive Special Recognition from Cypress CEO T.J.
“Cypress Founders Dinner” Celebrates Cypress’s 30 Years as a Company
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- July 11, 2013
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) announced that it will host an awards
dinner this evening for its founders and 55 C-Level Cypress alumni who spent
significant time honing their management skills at the company. The event,
which will be held this evening at the Donato Enoteca restaurant in Redwood
City, Calif., is part of Cypress’s 2013 celebration of the 30th anniversary of
The Cypress Founders Dinner will honor the executives who have helped to shape
Cypress into what The Wall Street Journal has described as “the quintessential
entrepreneurial company," and who have cut their teeth in Cypress’s process-
and measurement-driven management systems, which have long been the focus of
books, the business and trade media, B-School case studies, and industry trade
“Cypress is proud to have contributed to the training of CEOs who have helped
shape Silicon Valley and the broader high-tech industry,” said T.J. Rodgers,
Cypress founder, president and CEO. “We decided to take the time to recognize
not just our founders, but 55 former employees who have advanced to the most
senior levels of management in companies that are part of the American
economic miracle called Silicon Valley.”
Four former Cypress executives who’ve ascended to the C-Level at companies
larger than Cypress will receive particular honors from Mr. Rodgers at the
Cypress Founders Dinner:
*Ahmad Chatila, the CEO of SunEdison Inc., formerly MEMC Electronic
Materials Inc., who served as the executive vice president of Cypress’s
Memory Products Division
*Lothar Maier, the CEO of Linear Technology Inc., who served as the EVP of
Cypress’s manufacturing operations
*Dan McCranie, the chairman of ON Semiconductor Corp. and the chairman of
Freescale Semiconductor Corp., who served as Cypress’s EVP of Sales and
*Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower Corp., the world’s largest solar power
company, who led his company to its IPO and a $2.55 billion spin-out to
Cypress shareholders in 2008
Cypress will also honor its founders including former vice presidents Fritz
Beyerlein, Fred Jenne, Steve Kaplan and Mike Starnes. Starnes holds employee
badge No. 00002, the first issued after Mr. Rodgers’ badge No. 00001.
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that
provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value.
Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC^® 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5
programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in
capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense^® touch sensing,
TrueTouch^® touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and
peripherals. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, which enhance
connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial
products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM
memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile
handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and
military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker
symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.
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For Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
Joseph L. McCarthy, (408) 943-2902
Director, Corporate Communications
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