MANAGEMENT TEAM


Scott Becker: President & CEO

Scott Becker

Scott Becker

Scott Becker has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He holds more than 75 semiconductor related patents and serves on four technical advisory boards.

Scott spent 13 years as co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, and board member of Artisan Components, a semiconductor IP company that was acquired by ARM Holdings, Incorporated in December, 2004 for approximately $1 billion. Prior to founding Artisan Components, Scott joined Mentor Graphics as Circuit Design Manager, through its acquisition of Silicon Compilers Systems Corporation. He also held various circuit design engineer positions at Silicon Compilers Systems and Signetics Corporations. Scott has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Dhrumil Gandhi: Chief Operating Officer

Dhrumil Gandhi

Dhrumil Gandhi

Dhrumil has more then 30 years of experience developing memories, standard cells, I/O cells, and EDA tools. He holds more than 7 semiconductor related patents. He served as Vice President of Technical Business Development at ARM Holdings, Incorporated. Prior to Arm Holdings’ acquisition of Artisan Components, Dhrumil was Senior Vice President of Product Technology. He has also served as Vice President of Engineering at Artisan Components.

Prior to Artisan Components, Dhrumil was Senior Manager for Advanced ASIC Design Systems for Mentor Graphics. He joined Mentor Graphics as Senior Manager of the Library Group, which was a result of an acquisition of Silicon Compilers Systems Corporation. He also held various management and technical positions at Silicon Compilers Systems and Intel Corporation. Dhrumil has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at California Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology.

Peter Calverley: Chief Financial Officer

Peter Calverley

Peter Calverley

Peter has more than 25 years of business finance and operations experience in technology companies. In his CFO role at Tela, he is responsible for business and financial management of the company including fund raising, corporate financial reporting and accounting, human resources, IT and customer contract negotiations.

For the past 10 years he has focused on financial management for pre-IPO and early-stage companies, most recently running his own private consulting practice and previously serving as COO for FamilyPass, Inc.

Before joining FamilyPass, Peter was CFO of CoWare, Inc. He was instrumental in leading several rounds of equity financing from a combination of venture capital and corporate sources, in securing low cost venture debt lines, leading the negotiation and integration of two significant acquisitions and taking a significant role in negotiating several multi-year customer agreements.

Earlier in his career, Peter held executive business finance positions with several larger technology companies including Cadence Design Systems, UB Networks (originally Ungermann-Bass), ROLM Systems and Nortel. He holds an MBA in Finance from St. Marys College of California and a BA in Commerce/Social Science from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

Neal Carney: Vice President of Marketing & Business Development

Neal Carney

Neal Carney

Neal has more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry most recently as vice president of marketing for ARM and Artisan Components (acquired by ARM in 2004). He has held senior marketing and business unit management positions at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard in the Semiconductor Products Group and ASIC division. Internationally, Neal spent three years in Japan establishing and managing the marketing and distribution center for HP’s Semiconductor Products Group and represented HP in the Japan Chapter of the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Neal received his B.S. degree in Physics and his M.B.A from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mike Smayling: Senior Vice President, Product Technology

Mike Smayling

Mike Smayling

Mike Smayling is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience. At Tela he is responsible for technology development and integration.

Prior to joining Tela, he was the CTO of the Maydan Technology Center at Applied Materials where he developed advanced processes for sub-45nm technology nodes. Before moving to Silicon Valley with Applied, he was a TI Fellow at Texas Instruments responsible for DRAM, Flash, and mixed-signal technology development and productization. He holds over 150 U.S. patents, and has more than 50 publications/presentations covering DFM, MOS devices, processes, Flash memory, LDMOS transistors, photolithography, and lasers. He was a lecturer at Rice University for over 10 years while at TI.

He received a BS degree from the University of Minnesota, and MS and PhD degrees from Rice University, all in electrical engineering. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and represented TI and Applied at SRC.

Liz Stewart: Vice President, General Counsel

Liz Stewart


Liz Stewart has spent her career representing technology companies in Silicon Valley. In her role as Vice President, General Counsel, she is responsible for overseeing all legal matters of Tela including intellectual property, licensing, commercial transactions and management of outside counsel.
Prior to joining Tela, she held in-house positions including Assistant General Counsel of Artisan Components and a position with NEC Electronics, Inc. She also represented public and private technology companies for a number of years with her own firm. Previously, she was a member of the Technology Transactions Group of Cooley Godward LLP and practiced intellectual property litigation with Skjerven Morrill LLP.
She holds a J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law and a B.A. from Emory University.



Ken Dyer: Vice President, Licensing

Ken Dyer


Ken has more than 15 years of experience in legal and business positions relating to the protection and monetization of patented technologies with a heavy emphasis on semiconductor technologies. In his role as Vice President, Licensing, he is responsible for overseeing all matters relating to the licensing of Tela’s extensive patent portfolio, including negotiating and executing patent license agreements.

Before joining Tela, Ken was a licensing executive at Intellectual Ventures where he was responsible for all aspects of negotiating licenses with numerous companies in Asia and the United States. During his 6 years at Intellectual Ventures as a licensing attorney and licensing executive he played a major role in establishing and executing licensing strategy with respect to the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries.

Earlier in his career, Ken represented clients in patent litigation, licensing and other patent related matters as a partner at Perkins Coie LLP and as an associate at both Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Prior to his entry into private legal practice Ken served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy.

He holds a J.D. from Harvard University and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

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