Our Team

Mark Adams

President and Chief Executive Officer

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President and Chief Executive Officer

BIOGRAPHY

Mark Adams our President and CEO brings to SGH his extensive experience and expertise in leading technology companies with a clear vision and focus on execution. Whether at the helm of a major developer of LED light engine technology or the global leader of memory solutions, Mark’s management style is characterized by a team-first approach with an emphasis on results.

Since joining SGH in 2020, he has set into motion its transformation toward a holding company with continuous investment in the long-term success of its businesses.

Mark’s previous companies include Lumileds, Micron Technology, Lexar Media, Creative Labs and NCR Corporation. He currently serves on the boards of Seagate Technology and Cadence Design Systems, and is a co-founder investor of Team Whistle, a youth-focused digital media company.

His alma maters include Boston College (BA, economics) and Harvard University (MBA).

Jack Pacheco

Chief Operating Officer and President of SMART Modular Technologies

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Chief Operating Officer and President of SMART Modular Technologies

BIOGRAPHY

With extensive executive experience in corporate planning, capital structure, and systems functions as well as merger, acquisition integration, and IPOs, Jack Pacheco rejoined SMART as its senior vice president, chief operating and financial officer in 2011. He had previously held the position of SMART’s chief financial officer from 2004-2008, during which time he built a strong finance and systems organization that helped SMART grow into an industry-leading company. In addition to his financial responsibilities, Jack now oversees operations, information technology and human resources for SMART.

Previous to joining SMART in his current position, Jack served as CFO for Mirion Technologies. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions at Ignis Optics, Force Computers, and Solectron. Jack has an MBA from Golden Gate University (San Francisco, CA) and a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington State University (Pullman, WA).

Ken Rizvi

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

BIOGRAPHY

Ken Rizvi joined SMART Global Holdings, Inc. as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February of 2021. Bringing a strong blend of international finance, accounting and strategy experience plus his years of financial leadership in the technology industry, he’s well-suited to lead SGH’s global finance organization.

Mr. Rizvi joined SGH from UTAC Holdings Ltd., a global semiconductor assembly and test services provider, where he served as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he held the CFO role at Isola Group and served as VP of Finance & Treasurer at Micron Technology. Mr. Rizvi has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry with senior leadership roles at UTAC, Isola, Micron and ON Semiconductor.

He also served as an associate with Technology Crossover Ventures , a leading private equity and venture capital firm, and as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Rizvi holds an Executive MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University. 

Claude Demby

Senior Vice President and President, Cree-LED

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Senior Vice President and President, Cree-LED

BIOGRAPHY

Claude is currently the President of SGH’s LED Solutions business. He has more than 20 years in executive leadership roles within automotive, aerospace and materials technology industries. Prior to SGH, Claude served as the SVP and GM of the Cree-LED business, served as the President and CEO of Noel Group, a global provider of synthetic materials solutions across different market segments, and served as the President and COO of L&L Products, a global manufacturer of engineered sealing and structural devices. Claude began his career at P&G and GE Plastics.
Additionally he has served on a number of boards including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as a Director and Chairman, Brown Capital Management Mutual Fund, and Valour Academy Schools.

Mr. Demby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

Bruce Goldberg

Vice President and Chief of Staff

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Vice President and Chief of Staff

BIOGRAPHY

Bruce Goldberg serves as Chief of Staff for SGH and focuses on Human Resources and SGH culture. With more than 25 years of legal and executive experience, Bruce Goldberg became a part of SMART’s executive team in 2009 as Vice President, Chief Legal and Chief Compliance Officer.

Prior to joining SMART, Bruce had a background as an attorney, an executive, and a board member, bringing a unique combination of business and legal expertise to the position. His previous experience includes a range of advancing positions at All American Semiconductor, Inc., culminating in the role of President and CEO which he held for 10 years. He has also served as Interim General Counsel for VeriFone Holdings. Bruce holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Miami School of Business and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law.

Kiwan Kim

Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets

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Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets

BIOGRAPHY

KiWan Kim has been part of the SMART Modular Technologies team since 2000, and currently serves as the executive vice president of Emerging Markets at SGH. Mr. Kim was previously the president of our SMART Modular Technologies Brazil business, where he played a significant role in the company’s success in Brazil.

Mr. Kim also served in key leader roles including: vice president of strategic planning and advanced packaging responsible for developing strategies to grow SMART business in emerging markets; and as SMART’s vice president and general manager of the Display Product Group, as well as the vice president of the DRAM Business Unit.

Previous to his career at SMART, KiWan began his career at Samsung, where he spent 13 years advancing in business positions within the company, ultimately serving as sales director. KiWan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Yonsei University in Korea.

Anne Kuykendall

Vice President and General Counsel

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Vice President and General Counsel

BIOGRAPHY

Anne Kuykendall was appointed Vice President and General Counsel of SMART Global Holdings in April 2021, and leads SGH’s legal, compliance and risk management functions.

Most recently, Anne served as General Counsel and head of HR for MariaDB, and prior to that, she served in various legal leadership roles with DriveOn, Cloudera, and Cadence Design Systems.

She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Jean McDaniel

Vice President of the Office of Transformation

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Vice President of the Office of Transformation

BIOGRAPHY

Jean McDaniel was recruited to the new role of Vice President of the Office of Transformation for SMART Global Holdings. She leads the integration efforts and drives standardization of operating processes across the company.

Previously Jean was at Micron Technology where she led various teams that supported M&A and integration activities as well as HR programs. Jean holds a B.A. in Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MBA from Boise State; and an ABA paralegal certificate in Real Estate and Corporate Law from the University of San Diego.

Thierry Pellegrino

Senior Vice President and President, Intelligent Platform Solutions

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Senior Vice President and President, Intelligent Platform Solutions

BIOGRAPHY

Thierry Pellegrino joined SMART Global Holdings as Senior Vice President and President of Intelligent Platform Solutions in March of 2021. With two decades of experience in edge and high performance computing plus a deep understanding of AI, IoT and workload optimization, he possesses the leadership and knowledge to transform SMART’s computing businesses into a solutions-oriented model.

Mr. Pellegrino has more than 22 years of experience in the technology industry. He joins SGH from Dell Technologies, where he served as the Vice President of Datacentric Workloads and Solutions and GM of the HPC and AI business. Throughout his tenure with Dell and prior to his latest role, he held several senior leadership positions including heading the business strategy for the Server business, and leading Dell’s OEM Engineering organization to its role leading the Modular Infrastructure for Dell’s blades business.

Pellegrino earned a master’s degree in engineering at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, and a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering at Penn State.

Valerie Sassani

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

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Vice President of Marketing and Communications

BIOGRAPHY

Valerie Sassani joined SMART Global Holdings as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in April 2021. Valerie is responsible for amplifying the SMART family of brands and overseeing SGH’s brand and messaging strategy.

Prior to joining SGH, Valerie was a Senior Director at Lam Research, leading the marketing and digital communications team. She holds a BA in Film Production from San Francisco State University and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Board of Directors

Ajay Shah

Chairman of the Board

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Chairman of the Board

BIOGRAPHY

Ajay Shah has served as director and Chairman of the Board of SMART Global Holdings since its inception in 2011. Mr. Shah was previously the Co-CEO starting in March 2018 and then President and Chief Executive Officer of SMART Global Holdings from June 2018 to August 2020.

Mr. Shah joined Silver Lake, a global investment firm, in 2007, and is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the firm’s middle market fund, Silver Lake Sumeru. Since 2014, Mr. Shah has also served as a Senior Operating Partner of Sumeru Equity Partners, a middle-market private equity firm. Previously, he founded Shah Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Mr. Shah co-founded SMART Modular in 1988 and served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer through SMART Modular’s initial public offering in 1995 and until 1999, when it was acquired by Solectron.

Mr. Shah currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of private technology companies including Alpha Petroleum, Healthgrades and Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc. Mr. Shah previously served on the boards of directors of many public and private technology companies including Magellan Navigation, Inc., AVI-SPL, Inc., CMAC MicroTechnology, Flex, Ingenient Technologies Inc., Power-One, Inc., PulseCore Semiconductor, Spansion Inc. and TES Electronic Solutions.

Mr. Shah also previously served on the board of Northern California Public Broadcasting, is currently a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, serves on the boards of National Audubon Society and The Indian School of Business, India and is a Trustee of the American India Foundation. Mr. Shah has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Baroda, India and an M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University.

Mark Adams

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

BIOGRAPHY

Mark Adams our President and CEO brings to SGH his extensive experience and expertise in leading technology companies with a clear vision and focus on execution. Whether at the helm of a major developer of LED light engine technology or the global leader of memory solutions, Mark’s management style is characterized by a team-first approach with an emphasis on results.

Since joining SGH in 2020, he has set into motion its transformation toward a holding company with continuous investment in the long-term success of its businesses.

Mark’s previous companies include Lumileds, Micron Technology, Lexar Media, Creative Labs and NCR Corporation. He currently serves on the boards of Seagate Technology and Cadence Design Systems, and is a co-founder investor of Team Whistle, a youth-focused digital media company.

His alma maters include Boston College (BA, economics) and Harvard University (MBA).

Randy Furr

Director

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Director

BIOGRAPHY

Randy Furr has served as a director since September 2017. Mr. Furr joined Bloom Energy in April 2015 and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until his retirement on March 31, 2020. Prior to Bloom Energy, he served as Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spansion Inc. from June 2009 to March 2015 when Spansion was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Mr. Furr has over 35 years of experience in the technology sector and is an experienced financial and operations executive. Mr. Furr also held senior executive positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Magellan Navigation, Inc. from August 2008 to June 2009, and as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Aliph, a consumer Bluetooth telephony device company, from April 2008 to August 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Furr was at Adobe Systems, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President, Business Process Improvement from May 2007 to January 2008, as Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Information Officer from November 2006 to May 2007, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from May 2006 to November 2006. Before joining Adobe Systems, Inc., Mr. Furr spent 13 years at Sanmina Corporation, an electronics manufacturing services provider, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1996 to 2005 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Furr served as a director of Sanmina Corporation from 1998 until 2005. Mr. Furr holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Bryan Ingram

Director

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Director

BIOGRAPHY

Bryan Ingram, has served as a director since October 2018. Mr. Ingram retired from Broadcom effective March 20, 2020. Mr. Ingram served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Wireless Semiconductor Division (WSD) from November 2015 until November 3, 2019 and from 2007 to March 2013. As Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Ingram oversaw at WSD the development, production, and marketing of RF components used in handsets and other communications devices. Mr. Ingram served as Chief Operating Officer of Avago Technologies from April 2013 until October 2015. In this role, he led the legacy Avago business units and operations. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Ingram was Vice President of WSD. Prior to the founding of Avago from the Agilent Semiconductor Products Group (SPG) in 2005, Mr. Ingram was Vice President and General Manager of the SPG Wireless Semiconductor Division. From 1986 to 1999, Mr. Ingram held various management positions at Hewlett Packard and Westinghouse. Mr. Ingram holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Sandeep Nayyar

Lead Independent Director

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Lead Independent Director

BIOGRAPHY

Sandeep Nayyar has served as a director since September 2014 and as our Lead Independent Director since December 2020. Mr. Nayyar has been the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Power Integrations, Inc., a supplier of high performance electronic components, from 2010 to the present. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2009, Mr. Nayyar served as the Vice President of Finance for Applied Biosystems, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of life sciences products. From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Nayyar served in various senior finance roles including Vice President Finance at Quantum Corporation, a computer storage company. Mr. Nayyar was with Ernst & Young LLP, a public accounting firm, from 1986 to 1990 including service as an Audit Manager. Mr. Nayyar is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and a Chartered Accountant in India and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi, India.

Mukesh Patel

Director

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Director

BIOGRAPHY

Mukesh Patel has served as a director of SMART Global Holdings since March 2013 and served as a director of SMART Worldwide Holdings, Inc., a predecessor to SMART Global Holdings, Inc., from 2004 until 2012. Mr. Patel is an entrepreneur and an active startup investor. He has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor and hardware industry and has held the position as Chairman, CEO and other executive roles, He is also an investor, board member and a mentor to multiple startups in Silicon Valley. Mr. Patel was a co-founder of Metta Technology, a codec chip design company, and served as CEO of Sparkolor Corporation, an optical device company. Mr. Patel co-founded our Company in 1988 and served as a director and in various management and executive roles until its acquisition by Solectron in 1999. Prior to co-founding our Company, Mr. Patel served in various roles at semiconductor technology companies, including Seeq Technology Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Mr. Patel currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of other private technology companies. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University, India.

Maximiliane Straub

Director

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Director

BIOGRAPHY

Maximiliane Straub has served as a director of SMART Global Holdings since April 2019. Ms. Straub has served with the Robert Bosch companies for over 26 years and currently serves as President Global Business Services Bosch, a position she has held since January 1, 2020. Ms. Straub also serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance, Controlling and Administration of Bosch North LLC, a position she has held since June 2010. Prior to joining the Robert Bosch companies, Ms. Straub held several financial positions within the semiconductor division of Siemens and Siemens/Matsushita. Ms. Straub serves on the Board of Directors of Inforum, a professional organization focused on creating strategic connections to help advance professional women. In 2010, 2015 and 2020, Ms. Straub was recognized by Automotive News as one of the “Top 100 Women in the Auto Industry.” She is a guest lecturer for the University of Michigan Ross School of Business program, “Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice.” Ms. Straub served on the Boards of Directors of MTS Systems Corporation and Horizon Global Corporation and AQuantia. Ms. Straub’s educational degrees include Industriekauffrau IHK and an advanced business administration degree with thesis, Diplom-Betriebswirt from the University of Munich.

Jason White

Director

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Director

BIOGRAPHY

Jason White, has served as a director since 2011. He joined Silver Lake in 2006 and is its Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since January 2020, and Managing Director. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Mr. White was an investment banker with the Media & Communications Investment Banking Group and the Equity Products Group at Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, an investment bank, from 2003 to 2006. Mr. White currently serves on the boards of directors of Achievers Corp. and Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. Previously, he was on the boards of directors of Ancestry.com and SolarWinds Corporation. Mr. White holds a B.S.E. degree in Operations Research & Financial Engineering from Princeton University.

Penelope Herscher

Director

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Director

BIOGRAPHY

Penelope Herscher joined our board of directors in September 2021. Ms. Herscher has extensive experience in the technology sector as a member of public company boards, an executive, and an entrepreneur. Ms. Herscher is currently chair of the board of directors at Lumentum Holdings, Inc., Faurecia SA., and several private companies. Ms. Herscher previously served as a member of the board of directors of Verint Systems, Inc. from 2017 to 2021, PROS Holdings, Inc. from 2018 to 2021, and Rambus, Inc. from 2006 to 2018.

Previously, Ms. Herscher served as president and chief executive officer of FirstRain, Inc., an enterprise software company, from 2004 to 2015, and as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. from 2002 to 2003. From 1996 to 2002, Ms. Herscher was president and chief executive officer of Simplex Solutions, Inc., taking the company public in 2001 and prior to its acquisition by Cadence in 2002.

Ms. Herscher holds a BA Hons, MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University in England.