Executive Team

The Leaders of Spin Memory

Spin Memory has assembled a team of world leaders in magnetics, CMOS memory technologies, MRAM circuit and memory architects. Together we are creating the industry’s highest performance, fastest and lowest power MRAM technologies and devices for today and tomorrow.

Tom Sparkman

Tom Sparkman

Chief Executive Officer

Tom Sparkman has nearly 35 years of experience across medical, automotive, semiconductor and wireless technologies. His extensive leadership roles include CEO of Samplify Systems, a startup delivering mixed-signal semiconductor and ultrasound solutions, where he raised over $25 million in capital. Additional career highlights include 19 years at various executive positions at Maxim Integrated Products, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales roles at Integrated Device Technology, and most recently, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Spansion, Inc., prior to its merger with Cypress Semiconductor. Mr. Sparkman holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mustafa Pinarbasi

Mustafa Pinarbasi

Ph.D., CTO, Senior VP of Magnetics Technology

Mustafa Pinarbasi is a pioneer and innovator in magnetic thin films.  Before joining Spin Transfer Technologies (now Spin Memory) in 2013, Dr. Pinarbasi held technology leadership positions at SoloPower, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST) and IBM. His accomplishments at IBM include pioneering the adoption of ion beam sputtering technology and development of the giant magneto-resistance (GMR) sensor used in the first GMR-based hard disk drives; leading the development of tunneling magneto-resistance (TMR) read head processing used in hard disk drive products at Hitachi GST, and the development of flexible and light weight solar panels while CTO at SoloPower.  Dr. Pinarbasi holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an inventor with over 190 U.S. patents, has authored or co-authored over 30 scientific publications and has received numerous industry awards.

Les Crudele

Les Crudele

Senior VP, IC Product Development

Les Crudele brings over 40 years of proven leadership and business management experience to his role at Spin Transfer Technologies (now Spin Memory), with a lengthy track record of success in integrated circuit development and large-scale systems. Crudele’s career includes various executive and technical leadership roles. Highlights include positions as Vice President and General Manager of Motorola Semiconductor’s PowerPC RISC Microprocessor Division, and Vice President and General Manager of Compaq’s Workstation Products Division. In addition, Crudele held CEO positions at Banderacom, Transmeta and Azuray Technologies. Crudele received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and holds 10 patents.

Amitay Levi

Amitay Levi

Ph.D., VP, Memory Integration

Amitay Levi brings to STT (now Spin Memory) more than 28 years semiconductor industry experience in advanced technology development of non-volatile memory. Prior to joining the company, Amitay spent several years at Crocus Technology as the Vice President of Technology Development, working on the development of TAS MRAM technology at TowerJazz and IBM. Before that, Amitay was instrumental in the success of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. (SST), where he served as Vice President of Embedded Technology. At SST Amitay was responsible for supporting technology licensing and developing Embedded SuperFlashTM technology for multiple foundries and IDMs. In an earlier position at SST as Vice President, Advanced Development, Amitay led his group in developing many generations of SuperFlash technology for stand-alone chip products. Prior to SST, Amitay held various engineering management positions at Xicor, Inc. Amitay earned an M.S. degree in Microelectronics and a Ph.D. in Material Science, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis

Senior VP, Business Development

Jeff Lewis joins Spin Transfer Technologies (now Spin Memory) as Senior Vice President of Business Development, bringing extensive experience in the semiconductor IP and EDA industries, focusing on licensing technologies in the memory sector. Most recently, Lewis was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at SuVolta, Inc., where he directed the company’s licensing, and customer and market engagement activities, including their strategic partnership and ultimate acquisition by Fujitsu. Prior to SuVolta, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Innovative Silicon. Additional leadership roles include President and CEO of CiraNova, an EDA software company acquired by Synopsys, and Vice President positions at FormFactor, Artisan Components and Compass Design Automation. Lewis earned an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UC Berkeley.

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Ph.D., VP Product

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Walker is widely known as a proven leader in the semiconductor industry, providing expert guidance specifically in the 3-D Flash memory technology segment. Mr. Walker has been particularly focused on 3-D Flash memory since 2000 and founded Schiltron Corporation to investigate and develop new 3-D memory technology. He worked for several major semiconductor companies including Cypress Semiconductor, Artisan Components and Matrix Semiconductor. Prior to his work in Silicon Valley, Mr. Walker was with Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, The Netherlands from 1985 to 1994 where he worked on CMOS and non-volatile memory research and development. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He holds over 40 U.S. patents, and is the author and co-author of more than 30 academic articles.

Steven Watts

Steven Watts

Ph.D., Senior Director Test

As Senior Director of Test, Steve Watts is responsible for all device and chip testing for STT (now Spin Memory) including magnetics characterization, foundry and product testing and design testing support. Steve brings over 10 years of experience working in MRAM research and development, starting as a device testing and characterization engineer with the pioneering MRAM startup Grandis Inc. and staying on with Samsung Electronics after it acquired Grandis in 2011. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Florida State University.