President and Chief Executive Officer
Jason Rhode, Ph.D., was named president and chief executive officer in May 2007. Previously, Dr. Rhode served as vice president and general manager of Cirrus Logic’s Mixed Signal Audio Division, where he oversaw the revitalization of Cirrus Logic’s strong portfolio of analog and mixed signal converter ICs for consumer and professional audio markets. Previously, Rhode served as director of marketing for analog and mixed signal products.
Rhode joined Cirrus Logic upon completion of his doctorate degree in 1995 from North Carolina State University, serving as an analog design engineer. Rhode assumed roles as design manager in 1998 and became director of Marketing in 2002.
A member of IEEE, Jason has been issued 19 U.S. patents in the area of mixed signal technologies.
In addition to his doctorate degree, Rhode holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from San Diego State University.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mixed Signal Audio Division
Scott Anderson is senior vice president and general manager of the Mixed Signal Audio Division. Anderson. Anderson joined Cirrus Logic in October 2007 after having previously served as the president and chief operating officer of Freescale Semiconductor and as president and chief executive officer of Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector (2003-2005).
Anderson began his career in Motorola SPS in Austin in 1978 as a microprocessor product engineer and served in a variety of engineering and management positions. In 1991, he was appointed vice president and general manager of the Customer Specified Integrated Circuits Division and in 1996 moved to Japan as the managing director of the Semiconductor Products Division and deputy general manager of Nippon Motorola Ltd. From 1999 to 2003, Anderson served as the general manager of the Transportation and Standard Products Group. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, where he graduated magna cum laude.
At Cirrus Logic, Anderson oversees the company’s Mixed Signal Audio Division, which provides high-precision analog and mixed signal components such as data converters, Class D amplification products and interface circuits which are used in a wide variety of consumer, professional and automotive audio applications.
Vice President of Silicon Development
Jeff Baumgartner, who most recently served as vice president of Engineering for the company’s Mixed Signal Audio Division, began his career at Cirrus Logic in 1998 as a design engineer. After serving in a variety of engineering roles, in 2006 he began his career in engineering management, holding various engineering management R&D leadership positions, including key strategic management roles leading the rapid development of the company’s engineering teams.
Prior to joining Cirrus Logic, Baumgartner served as an analog mixed-signal designer at Hughes Missile Systems Company in Arizona. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1996.
Jo-Dee M. Benson
Vice President and Chief Culture Officer
Jo-Dee Benson serves as the leader of Cirrus Logic’s Corporate Communications and Human Resources organization. In her combined roles, Ms. Benson oversees Cirrus Logic’s external marketing communications functions, such as brand management, public relations and Web-based marketing, as well as Cirrus Logic’s Human Resources programs for alignment of strategic corporate business programs with employee development and services.
Ms. Benson joined Cirrus Logic in 1995 as director of Marketing Communications and has 20 years of industry experience in leading successful integrated communications programs. Prior to joining Cirrus Logic, Ms. Benson served as vice president of Marketing Communications with Vectris Telecom. Ms. Benson has also served such other companies as Genlyte, Inc., Peyton & Associates public relations firm, and St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Madison, Wis.
Ms. Benson obtained a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Andy Brannan joined Cirrus Logic after the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics where he was chief commercial officer for the previous five years. Immediately before joining Wolfson, Brannan served as a board member and executive vice president of Sales and Customer Operations at Symbian Software Limited. During his eight year tenure at Symbian, he led OS licensing, strategic partner management and a profitable Symbian Professional Services business. In the 10 years prior to joining Symbian, he held senior European management positions at Diamond Multimedia and Hewlett-Packard.
Brannan studied Electronic Engineering at Bristol Polytechnic (now University of the West of England), having previously graduated as an Engineering Officer from the College of Maritime Studies in Southampton, England.
Vice President of Supply Chain
Randy Carlson became vice president of Supply Chain Management in February 2010.
Carlson first joined Cirrus Logic in 1995 as a quality engineer and served as senior manager of maintenance and equipment engineering from 1997-2002 over the Austin Test operation. Carlson rejoined the company in 2008 as director of Supply Chain Management after serving with STATS ChipPAC from 2003-2008 in various capacities.
Carlson has more than 20 years leadership in supply chain management functions and a solid record for leadership and team building. Carlson received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and his masters in business administration from St. Edwards University in Austin.
Thurman K. Case
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance
Thurman K. Case, vice president of Finance, was appointed chief financial officer in February 2007.
Mr. Case joined Cirrus Logic in 2000 and has served in a variety of executive financial management positions. He has more than 23 years of experience in finance at several companies and organizations, including Case Associates Inc., where he provided consultant services to several companies, including Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Mr. Case was also previously employed by ValueRx/Diagnostek Inc., and Public Service of New Mexico Electric Gas Company.
Mr. Case received a bachelor of economics degree and a masters of business administration from New Mexico State University.
Vice President of Software
After two years at Wolfson Microelectronics as vice president of Software Development, Stephen Evans joined Cirrus Logic following the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. He brings over 25 years of software development experience to the company.
Evans’ career progressed from an embedded software engineer through to vice president of Software Development roles at Nokia and Symbian. Most recently, he held a senior software leadership role at Accenture, heading up mobile applications and supporting many of the world’s largest OEM clients. His track record comes from growing small software teams into large global teams, delivering high quality embedded software solutions across multiple devices to major OEMs around the world.
Evans holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a master of science degree in computer science from the University of Hertfordshire, England.
Vice President and General Manager, MEMS Division
Brad Fluke serves as vice president and general manager of the MEMS Division at Cirrus Logic, where he oversees the company’s product development in microphones for mobile applications.
Fluke, who rejoined Cirrus Logic in 2013 as vice president of Strategy, has more than 25 years experience in marketing and general management in the mixed signal semiconductor business. He previously served as president and CEO of Javelin Semiconductor since September 2008. From 1999-2008, Fluke was vice president and general manager of Silicon Laboratories’ Wireline Products Division, as well as its vice president of Marketing and vice president of Business Development from April 1997 to December 1998. Previously, Fluke served as director of Marketing of the Computer Products Division of Crystal Semiconductor (acquired by Cirrus Logic in 1991), from 1990 to 1997. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Fluke served various marketing positions in the Data Converter Group for Analog Devices.
Fluke holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chief Strategy Officer
John Forsyth joined Cirrus Logic in 2014 through the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics, where he served as vice president of Audio Products. He most recently was vice president of Marketing, responsible for building and leading Cirrus Logic’s team focusing on voice biometrics. Forsyth began his career working in handheld device development for Psion in London and has more than 20 years’ experience in embedded technology. Prior to joining Wolfson in 2012, Forsyth had led product development and strategy in several technology companies, including serving as chief technical officer of the Symbian Foundation and as vice president of strategy at Symbian Software.
Forsyth graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1995.
Vice President of Cirrus Logic International
Allan Hughes joined Cirrus Logic in August 2014 after the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. Hughes joined Wolfson in March 2009 as vice president of Marketing and Applications. In 2013, he assumed the role of chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Wolfson, Hughes had many years of senior management experience at Motorola and Chartered Semiconductor in both the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries.
Hughes holds a bachelor of science degree in technology and business studies from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Vice President of Corporate Technology
Roy Kaller serves as vice president of Corporate Technology, overseeing the Quality, Information Technology, Silicon Technology, Assembly Technology and Yield Engineering organizations. Kaller joined Cirrus Logic full time in 2012 after serving several years as a consultant to the company. During his career, Kaller has built successful engineering teams, design centers and product lines for both public and start-up companies. Prior to joining Cirrus Logic, Kaller was managing director at Parallel Semiconductor. Previously he served as vice president of corporate engineering at Standard Microsystems (SMSC), and before that he was vice president of Engineering and a member of the Board of Directors at Gain Technology, which SMSC acquired in June 2002. Kaller also held engineering leadership positions with National Semiconductor, Silicon Systems and Burr-Brown.
Kaller earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983 and graduated from the University of Arizona’s “Arizona Executive Program” in 1992.
Vice President and Audio General Manager, Cirrus Logic International
Rash Sahota joined Cirrus Logic in September 2014 after six years at Wolfson Microelectronics, where he served as vice president and general manager for Audio Solutions.
Sahota brings with him over 25 years’ experience across product development, manufacturing and business management within the mobile telecoms industry. Previously he held vice president and general manager roles at Motorola, Ericsson Mobile Platforms, Ericsson Mobile Communications and Ericsson Infrastructure Division, delivering many mobile handsets and infrastructure products to market.
Sahota holds a master of business administration from the University of Southampton, England, and a postgraduate diploma in industrial management.
Gregory Scott Thomas
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Scott Thomas came to Cirrus Logic as vice president and associate general counsel in January 2001. He assumed the role of general counsel and corporate secretary in December 2003. Currently, Mr. Thomas manages Cirrus Logic’s legal department and advises the company on a wide range of legal and business issues, including intellectual property matters.
Mr. Thomas combines a decade of legal experience with an understanding of the engineering world derived from his four years as an engineer at Texas Instruments and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mr. Thomas also has a strong background in intellectual property law and litigation. In the mid- to late 1990s, he served as an intellectual property attorney at Arnold, White & Durkee, specializing in complex technology-related litigation for corporate clients such as 3M, Adtran and Ericsson. In 2000, Mr. Thomas went to Thompson & Knight in Austin, Texas, to help establish the company’s new intellectual property section. During that time, he began consulting with Cirrus Logic.
Mr. Thomas has a J.D. degree from The University of Texas School of Law, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rice University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.