Thurman John “T.J.” Rodgers has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2017. T.J. has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rodgers Silicon Valley Acquisition Corporation since its founding in September 2020. In 1982, he co-founded Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (“Cypress”) and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2016. T.J. also serves on the Boards of Directors of five other energy-related private companies: UpStart Power (fuel cells), Watt Fuel Cell Corp., Enovix Corporation (Li-ion batteries), Enphase Energy Inc. (microinverters) and Solaria Corporation (solar systems). He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association and SunPower Corporation. T.J. served on the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2012 and holds the title Trustee Emeritus. T.J. holds an A.B. degree in physics and chemistry from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, each from Stanford University.
Sean Hunkler has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of our Board of Directors, since September 2021. Prior to FTC Solar, he was with Western Digital since August of 2018, most recently serving as the Executive Vice President of Global Operations, and having previously served as the Senior Vice President, Global Operations, and as the Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Operations. Prior to that, Sean served as chief operating officer of Nexperia Semiconductors, a global semiconductor manufacturer created after its divestiture from NXP Semiconductors, from February 2017 to August 2018. From July 2012 to February 2017, he served as executive vice president, global operations of NXP Semiconductors, a global semiconductor manufacturer. Mr. Hunkler also served in senior leadership roles at Freescale Semiconductor, Motorola and SunEdison (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials). He holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from The John Hopkins University.
David Springer is one of our co-founders and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2017 and as our Executive Vice President, Field Operations since May 2019. David previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from January 2017 to May 2019. From 2013 to 2016, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Solar Materials at SunEdison. From 2011 to 2013, David was the Vice President of Manufacturing at MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. From 2005 to 2011, he held multiple leadership positions, including Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. David has also served as a Navy submarine officer. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
Ahmad Chatila is one of our co-founders and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2017. Ahmad currently serves as the Managing Partner of Fenice Investment Group, a position he has held since 2017. He is the co-founder and has served on the Board of Directors of NexGen Power Systems Inc. and Dimension, since 2017 and 2018, respectively. Ahmad was also the transformation architect at Enphase Energy Inc. from 2017 to 2020. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of SunEdison from 2009 to 2016, which filed for bankruptcy. Prior to joining SunEdison, Ahmad served as Executive Vice President of the Memory and Imaging Division of Cypress from 2005 to 2009. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the private companies Akra Inc., Ohmium, Inc., Biggie Inc. and SunEdison Infrastructure Limited. Ahmad previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of TerraForm Power, Inc. and TerraForm Global Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University.
William Aldeen “Dean” Priddy, Jr. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2020. Dean began his career at Analog Devices where he held positions with increasing responsibility in finance and marketing from 1986 to 1991. In 1991, he joined RFMD, a supplier of radio frequency integrated circuits for the various wireless markets and served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Vice President of Administration and Secretary from July 1997 to December of 2014 when RFMD merged with TriQuint Semiconductor forming Qorvo. Dean served as Chief Integration Officer of the merger and as Executive Vice President of Administration until his retirement from Qorvo in 2015. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2015. Dean currently serves as a business and financial advisor to NovaCyte, an early-stage company focused on laboratory grown corneas and Novex, a specialty medical products company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree, each from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Isidoro Quiroga Cortés has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2020. Isidoro manages a number of technology, energy and other investments through South Lake One, LLC, including an investment in Enphase Energy Inc. in 2018. He serves on the Board of Directors of several companies, including, from 2013 to 2019, the Board of Directors of Australis Seafood. Additionally, from 2018 to 2020, Isidoro was a board observer of Enphase Energy Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Shaker Sadasivam has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2017. Shaker has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Auragent Bioscience, LLC since co-founding the company in 2018. From 2014 to 2016, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SunEdison Semiconductor LLC. From 2009 to 2013, Shaker served as Executive Vice President and President of SunEdison. He has served on the Board of Directors of II-VI Incorporated since 2016. Shaker also serves on the Board of Directors of the private companies Sfara, Inc., Dclimate Inc. and Sea Pharma, LLC, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Chesterfield Montessori School in Chesterfield, Missouri. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras and Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.