Lip-Bu Tan has served as President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. since January 2009 and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since February 2004. He also serves as chairman of Walden International, a venture capital firm he founded in 1987. Prior to founding Walden, Tan was Vice President at Chappell & Co. and held management positions at EDS Nuclear and ECHO Energy.
He is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance) and serves on the board of Global Semiconductor Association (GSA), as well as the boards of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Quantenna Communications, Inc., and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. He also serves on the Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Tan is the recipient of the 2016 GSA Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award.
Tan received an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of San Francisco, and a B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore.
Tom Beckley is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Custom IC & PCB Group. His product responsibilities include the Virtuoso® design environment, physical design and routing, and simulation product lines for full-custom digital and analog design; infrastructure such as the OpenAccess database and the process design kits (PDKs) that are essential for physical IC design; the Allegro® and OrCAD® design and routing solutions; and Sigrity™ high-speed analysis solutions for PCBs and IC packaging.
In addition, Beckley is executive sponsor of the Cadence Quality Initiative, a sustained corporate focus on developing and deploying processes enabling design, implementation, and delivery of high-quality, full-featured products.
Beckley joined Cadence in 2004 via the acquisition of Neolinear, where he served as President and CEO. Neolinear developed innovative auto-interactive and automated analog/RF tools and solutions for mixed-signal design. Prior to Neolinear, Beckley was head of the Systems Division at Avant! Corporation. He came to Avant! through the acquisition of Xynetix Design Systems, the market leader in advanced IC packaging and systems-level virtual prototyping, where he was President and CEO. Prior to Xynetix, Beckley held engineering and management positions at Harris Corporation and General Motors.
Beckley received his B.S. in mathematics and physics from Kalamazoo College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Jim Cowie is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Cadence.
Cowie is responsible for Cadence® worldwide legal operations, covering matters such as commercial transactions, corporate governance, employment, export compliance, finance, government affairs, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and stock administration activities. Under his leadership, his organization deploys professionals in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Japan, and North America.
Cowie, who has been with Cadence since 2000, most recently served as Corporate Vice President - Business Development and Associate General Counsel, a role in which he was responsible for the execution of Cadence's acquisitions, divestitures, and other strategic transactions as well as being the company's lead lawyer for corporate and securities matters.
Before joining Cadence, Cowie was counsel for several divisions of National Data Corporation, a provider of health information services and electronic commerce solutions. Prior to that, he was an associate at Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta.
Cowie received his undergraduate degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Duke University and his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School. Before law school, he served four years of active duty in the United States Navy, the last three years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, leaving active service as a Lieutenant.
Anirudh Devgan serves as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Digital & Signoff Group (DSG) and System & Verification Group (SVG). As the leader of DSG, he is responsible for the core digital design, implementation, and silicon signoff business, which encompasses logic synthesis, high-level synthesis, formal verification, test, physical synthesis, place and route, electrical signoff, physical signoff, and design for manufacturing (DFM) technologies.
In his role as leader of SVG, he is responsible for delivering the Verification Suite, including technologies from Advanced Verification Solutions featuring the Incisive® platform, hardware system verification with Palladium® and Protium™ platforms, formal and automated verification with JasperGold® Apps, system verification solutions, and VIP.
Prior to joining Cadence in 2012, Devgan spent seven years at Magma Design Automation as General Manager and Corporate Vice President of Magma’s Custom Design Business Unit, leading the development and introduction of several successful products. Prior to his tenure at Magma, he spent 12 years at IBM in various management and technical positions at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM Server Division, IBM Microelectronics Division, and IBM Austin Research Lab, where he received numerous awards including the IBM Outstanding Innovation Award and IBM Outstanding Research Accomplishment. In 2003, he was awarded the IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla Award and in 2005, the ACM Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award. He was named an IEEE Fellow in 2006. Devgan has published more than 90 research papers and holds 27 U.S. patents.
Devgan received a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Tina Jones is Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources. She is responsible for leading the human resources team for Cadence operations around the world.
Jones has worked at Cadence since 2003, most recently as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. In that position, she advised the Company on employment-related issues, policies, and practices, and oversaw litigation ranging from intellectual property and securities matters to commercial disputes.
Jones received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School, where she served as an editor on the UCLA Law Review. Jones then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she was a litigator and employment counselor for seven years.
Neil Kole is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Kole is responsible for leading the company’s global Information Technology organization, including information security, cloud product strategy, IT operations, enterprise applications, IT architecture, and program management.
Prior to joining Cadence in 2014, Kole served as Vice President of IT at Informatica. Before Informatica, he held senior-level IT roles at VMware, Intuit, and Symantec. Kole has 20+ years of expertise across a variety of IT functions, including support of engineering, security initiatives, network/IT infrastructure, and applications.
Kole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco.
Babu Mandava is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the IP Group. His primary focus is to expand the Cadence® IP portfolio, enabling customers to get system-on-chip (SoC) products to market faster and with higher quality. This is a strategic growth area for Cadence that includes all digital and analog IP development, and Tensilica® technology.
Mandava was the co-founder and CEO of Beceem Communications, Inc., which was acquired by Broadcom in 2010. At Broadcom, he served as VP of Engineering where he led the team that developed Broadcom’s first LTE multi-mode baseband chipset. Prior to Beceem, Mandava was co-founder of Centillium Communications, Inc., where he served in engineering and general manager roles of increasing responsibility, and successfully led it to an IPO, reaching a ~$3B peak market cap. Most recently, he was the CEO of Ineda Systems, a startup developing low power SoCs for consumer applications.
Mandava holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Regional Engineering College in Tiruchirapalli, India and a Master of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.
Nimish Modi is Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. In this role, he is responsible for corporate strategy, corporate marketing, and new business development, including M&A. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of R&D for the System and Software Realization Group, focused on developing differentiated technologies and solutions to customers’ growing challenges in system design and SoC integration.
Prior to joining Cadence in 2006, Modi spent 18 years at Intel Corporation, where he was most recently a Vice President in the Enterprise Platforms Group with responsibility for the company’s server CPU development, including the Xeon and Itanium product families. Modi also held various senior R&D and leadership positions as a member of i486, Pentium, and Pentium II processor teams, and led the development of Intel’s first optimized Celeron processor.
Modi holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bombay and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.
John Wall is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Wall is responsible for managing the company’s global finance organization, including Investor Relations, Order Fulfillment, Internal Audit, and Controller functions.
Wall has been a Cadence executive for 20 years. Prior to his appointment as CFO at Cadence, he served as Corporate Controller, during which he was responsible for setting and executing the company’s financial goals. He previously served as Vice President of Finance, where he was responsible for worldwide revenue accounting and sales finance, and was instrumental in development of the ratable revenue model and sales models that Cadence uses. At the beginning of his tenure with Cadence, Mr. Wall established the Cadence office in Dublin, Ireland, was European controller and implemented the company’s international corporate structure.
Wall is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds an NCBS from the Institute of Technology, Tralee.
Neil Zaman serves as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations (WFO). In his role as head of WFO, Zaman is responsible for the Sales, Services, Field Engineering, and Customer Support teams that manage customer relationships around the world. The WFO organization is focused on helping drive customer success through the use of Cadence® software, services, IP, and hardware solutions while driving business growth for the company.
Since joining Cadence in 1999, Zaman has held various sales leadership and management roles including North America Field Operations, WW Strategic Sales, Geography Sales, WW Services & IP Sales, and Ecosystem Alliances. Prior to Cadence, Zaman held key positions at Phoenix Technologies and IBM. Zaman attended SUNY Stony Brook and then California State University, Hayward, where he earned his B.Sc. in finance.
Geoff Ribar serves as Senior Advisor, and is the former CFO of Cadence.
Prior to his appointment as CFO at Cadence, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Telegent Systems in Sunnyvale, California, where he led the company’s finance, legal, IT and HR teams in supporting a sales growth that was among the fastest ever in the semiconductor industry.
Ribar has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry in both private and public companies. He held the CFO position at a number of semiconductor companies including SiRF, Matrix Semiconductor, and NVIDIA. In addition, he worked at AMD for 15 years, ending as corporate controller. During his career, Ribar has facilitated many M&A transactions, helping companies successfully scale during periods of rapid growth.
Ribar received his B.S. degree in chemistry, as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan.