Board of Directors

Spin Memory Board of Directors

John Kispert

John Kispert

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Managing Partner at Black Diamond Ventures

John Kispert is chairman of the board of directors for Spin Memory (previously Spin Transfer Technologies). Kispert has held a number of executive and board positions during his more than 20 years in the memory and semiconductor industries. Kispert was CEO of Spansion, Inc., where he guided the company through a period of significant sales growth and margin expansion, including the acquisition of a division of Fujitsu Microelectronics, to its eventual sale to Cypress Semiconductor in March 2015. Before that, Kispert spent 13 years at KLA-Tencor, including president, COO and CFO, and helped transform the semiconductor equipment company from $300 million to over $3 billion in annual revenues. Preceding his time at KLA-Tencor, Kispert held several management positions at IBM.

Kispert also served as an active board member at a series of highly successful technology companies through their acquisitions or IPOs. These include Gigamon, Inc., a provider of network traffic visibility solutions, TriNet, a cloud- based professional employer organization for small and medium-sized businesses and Barracuda Networks, a security and storage solutions provider.

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.

Surajit Datta

Surajit Datta

Vice President of Corporate Development, Arm

Surajit Datta is the Vice President of Corporate Development at Arm since 2017. His role includes leading merger and acquisitions transactions and investments across multiple sub-sectors in technology, including emerging memory, IoT and security. Prior to joining Arm, Surajit was Managing Director at Evercore Partners in New York. He has over 15 years of investment banking experience on Wall Street, leading origination and execution of advisory and capital raising transactions in technology, media and telecom sectors at JPMorgan and Evercore. He has closed over $100 billion of M&A and over $20 billion of financing transactions. Surajit has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Bachelors of Technology (Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Pete Magowan

Pete Magowan

Chairman Amantys Ltd.

Pete Magowan has an extensive record of success leading the marketing, strategic sales and business development of global companies in the semiconductor industry. He led ARM Holdings plc, as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and other positions, through its market entry into the mobile sector and also served as one of its main board members. Mr. Magowan has also served as General Partner at Alta Berkeley Venture Partners, a European early stage venture capital firm, as well as Head of Moonray Energy, a private investment vehicle for Fidelity International Ltd. Since leaving ARM, Mr. Magowan has invested in or been a board member of 12 technology boards and overseen multiple fundraising efforts, IPOs and trade sales. Currently, he serves on the advisory boards of the venture funds of Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster and is the Chairman of Amantys Ltd. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and a Diploma in Marketing from the University of Bristol Business School.

Joe Pignato

Joe Pignato

CFO Allied Minds

Joe Pignato is the CFO of Allied Minds. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Joe was the CFO of Swipely, Inc. During his ten years in the venture capital industry, he served as General Partner, COO and CFO of two separate early stage venture firms – Charles River Ventures and Prism Ventures. Early in his career Joe served in various senior financial roles including CFO at Lightbridge, Inc., a publicly traded software company. Joe started his career in public accounting at Deloitte. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

CEO, Allied Minds

Jill is the President and CEO of Allied Minds. Jill brings more than 25 years of experience as an international business leader, including 16 years as CEO of private and public companies in the technology and information services markets.

Most recently, Smith served as Chairman, CEO and President of DigitalGlobe Inc. (NYSE: DGI), a global provider of satellite imagery products and services. Smith started her career as a consultant at Bain & Company, where she rose to become Partner. She subsequently joined Sara Lee as Vice President and went on to serve as President and CEO of eDial, a VoIP collaboration company, and of SRDS, a business-to-business publishing firm. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of Micron Electronics, and co-founded Treacy & Company, a consulting and boutique investment business.

She currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) and Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B).