Board of Directors: Profiles
Sheau Sheng Chen, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board and Founder
Sheau Sheng Chen is our Founder and has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since June 2000. In addition to these roles, Dr. Chen is currently our President and C.E.O. Prior to joining WaveSplitter, he led the management buyout of XMR Corporation from Amoco, its parent company, in December 1991. After the acquisition, Dr. Chen served as Chairman of XMR Corporation, from December 1991 to December 1999. While at XMR Corporation, he pioneered research in several excimer laser process development works, including metal recrystallization, metal reflow for submicron semiconductor device development, laser crystallization of a-Si for poly-Si TFT development in SRAM and flat panel display applications. Prior to XMR, Dr. Chen worked at Intel on Intel 386 microprocessor technology development. Later, he joined the flash memory technology development group, working on metallization systems for sub-micron devices. Dr. Sheau Chen received his B.S. degree in chemistry from National Tsing-Hua University, in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Texas A&M University.
General Partner of Mayfield Fund
David Ladd has served as a director since June 1998. Mr. Ladd has been a General Partner of the venture capital firm Mayfield Fund since July 1999 and a Venture Partner of Mayfield Fund from October 1997 to June 1999. Previously, he was Vice President of Lucent Technology, from October 1997 to April 1999 and Chief Technology Officer for Octel Communications from April 1994 to September 1997. David Ladd holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Jim Timmins is a member of the Semiconductor and Systems Practice at Pagemill Partners, and heads the Valuation Practice where he is responsible for fairness opinions, valuations and specialized financial studies. He brings more than 15 years of experience in venture capital and 12 years of experience in investment banking. His experience also ranges across licensing and corporate partnering. Jim has participated in more than 30 merger transactions, 10 private placements, and 20 public offerings during his career.
Prior to joining Pagemill Partners, Jim was the managing director of the Silicon Valley office of NIF Ventures, the venture capital arm of The Daiwa Securities Group of Japan, and before that, a general partner of Glenwood Ventures and Glenwood Capital. He held previous positions in investment banking at Hambrecht & Quist and Salomon Brothers.
He currently serves on the board of directors for WaveSplitter Technologies and Zhone Technology, and has been a director of more than 20 other private and public companies during his career.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto,
and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.