John Kispert

Mr. Kispert joined the Board of Directors in October 2018, serving as the Chair of the Audit Committee.  Mr. Kispert currently serves as a Managing Partner of Black Diamond Ventures, a California-based venture capital firm, leading sourcing, selection, and value-add efforts for companies from early to late stage.. Prior to joining Black Diamond Ventures, Mr. Kispert was CEO of Spansion, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of embedded semiconductors, from 2009 to 2015 where he lead the company out of bankruptcy in early 2009 to a profitable, growing company with over $1.5 billion in annual revenues, eventually completing a merger with Cypress Semiconductor in March 2015. Previously, Mr. Kispert was with KLA Tencor, an S&P 500 global semiconductor leader, from 1995 to 2009, advancing to numerous high-level positions including President and COO from 2005 to 2009 and Executive Vice President and CFO from 2000 to 2005. Mr. Kispert earned his MBA from UCLA in 1989.

Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Nominating & Governance Committee