Board of Directors

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Spin Memory Board of Directors

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.

Les Crudele

Les Crudele

Senior VP, IC Product Development

Les Crudele has over 50 years of experience across the aerospace, communications, semiconductor, computing and solar segments of the electronics industry at companies ranging from early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies.  He has held executive and leadership roles at Motorola and Compaq; held CEO positions at Banderacom, Transmeta and Azuray Technologies; as well as serving on two public company Boards of Directors and four private company Boards.  As part of his Board service he has served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Corporate Strategy Committee.  Mr. Crudele received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and holds over 20 patents.

Mark Lerdal

Mark Lerdal

Executive Chairman at Leaf Clean Energy, Non-executive Chairman at Element Markets

Mark has over 35 years of business experience, initially as an attorney but later as an executive and investor. He currently is the Executive Chairman at Leaf Clean Energy and non-executive Chairman at Element Markets. Additionally, he serves on three other private company boards and is an adviser to two infrastructure funds. In addition to serving in executive roles at several companies, he has overseen dozens of acquisitions and dispositions during his career. He graduated from Stanford University with an AB in Economics and from Northwestern University School of Law with a JD.

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.