David Stewart
Founder and CEO

David has over 20 years experience in the EDA and semiconductor industries. This includes 10 years at Cadence where he was a founder and Business Development Director of the System-on-Chip (SoC) Design facility at the Alba Campus in Scotland. This initiative attracted worldwide interest and the Design Centre grew to 200+ people in its first 18 months. Before Cadence he was a chip designer, with spells at LSI Logic, NEC Electronics and National Semiconductor. David has served on the board of several technology startups and one venture capital firm.

Richard Taylor
Founder and CTO

Richard has significant experience in leading engineering groups in system, silicon and software design. Richard's technical specialization in compiler technology and processor micro-architecture. He spent a number of years developing advanced code generation and code optimization techniques for a range of microprocessor architectures before co-founding CriticalBlue to exploit new innovations in processor micro-architecture and code compilation techniques.

Kathryn Kranen
Board Member

Kathryn Kranen has over 20 years EDA industry experience and a proven management track record. She is President and CEO of Jasper Design Automation leading Jasper's team in successfully bringing the company's pioneering technology to the mainstream design verification market.

Previously she served as president and CEO of Verisity Design, Inc., US headquarters of Verisity Ltd., Kathryn and the team she built created an entirely new market in design verification. (Verisity later became a public company, and was the top-performing IPO of 2001.) Prior to Verisity, Kathryn was vice president of North American sales at Quickturn Systems. She started her career as a design engineer at Rockwell International, and later joined Daisy Systems, an early EDA company.

In 2009, she was named one of the EE Times' Top 10 Women in Microelectronics. In 2012, Kathryn became a member of the board of trustees of the World Affairs Council or Northern California. Kathryn is serving her sixth term on the EDA Consortium board of directors, and was elected its chairperson in 2012. In 2005, Kathryn was recipient of the prestigious Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Achievement Award. Kathryn graduated Summa cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

Lucio Lanza
Board Member

Lucio founded Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, in January 2001. Lucio has been general partner and chief technology strategist of Radnorwood Capital, LLC, since 2008. In 1990, he joined US Venture Partners as a venture and general partner. From 1990 to 1995, he independently consulted to technology companies, including Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Previously, Lucio was CEO of EDA Systems, Inc.; VP of Marketing and later as GM at Daisy Systems Corp.; in strategy and innovation at Intel Corp; and in processor architecture and design at Olivetti Corporation. Lucio serves on the board of directors of several private and public companies. He holds a doctorate in electronic engineering from Politecnico of Milano.