Diodes Incorporated

Leadership Team

Keh-Shew Lu
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Lu was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2020 after serving on the Board since 2001, appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in June 2005, and served as President from June 2005 through 2023. From 2001 to 2005, he was a partner of the WK Technology Venture Fund. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Mixed-Signal and Logic Products of Texas Instruments (“TI”). His responsibilities included all aspects of the analog, mixed-signal, and logic products for the company’s worldwide business, including design, process, and product development, manufacturing, and marketing. He previously was manager of the worldwide memory business and served as the President of TI Asia. Dr. Lu is also a board member of Lite-On Technology Corporation and Nuvoton Technology Corporation, two publicly held companies. He is also the founding Chairman of the Asian American Citizen’s Council.

Dr. Lu holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from National Cheng Kung University.

Having worked in the semiconductor industry for more than 40 years and, particularly, having served in various managerial and senior executive capacities at TI, Dr. Lu possesses a wealth of semiconductor management experience. Dr. Lu is also an experienced board leader and member, having served for many years on behalf of several public and private companies.

Gary Yu
President

Mr. Yu, who has been with the Company since 2008, was appointed President and elected to the Board of Directors in January 2024. Prior roles in the Company include Chief Operating Officer; Senior Vice President with responsibility for Business Groups and the integration of Lite-On Semiconductor Corporation; President, Asia Pacific Region; General Manager of the Company’s Shanghai wafer fabrication operation and the Company's BCD business unit; Vice President of Asia Pacific Sales; and manager of the Company’s sensor and satellite business unit. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Yu spent over 10 years at Lite-On Semiconductor Corporation as Vice President, Worldwide Sales and at Texas Instruments in IT, finance, and capacity planning positions. Mr. Yu holds a bachelor’s degree in MIS from Fu-Jen University, Taiwan, a master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Southern Methodist University, and an MBA from University of Dallas.

Brett Whitmire
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Whitmire assumed his current position as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer in March 2019. He has 34 years of industry experience and has been with the Company for over 13 years. Prior to being named CFO, he served as the Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of the Company, and previously served as the Director of Global Supply Chain. Mr. Whitmire worked at Freescale Semiconductor as Chief Financial Officer for the Analog & Sensors Division. He began his career at Texas Instruments in a variety of finance and operations leadership positions including seven years as Vice President while serving as the finance and operations executive for the High Volume Analog & Logic Division and the corporate supply chain head. Mr. Whitmire holds both a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Francis Tang
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Discrete Products

Mr. Tang was appointed Vice President, Worldwide Discrete Products in 2006 and Senior Vice President in November 2020. He previously served as the Company’s Global Product Manager since 2005. From 2002 until joining the Company, Mr. Tang served as general manager of T2 Microelectronics in Shanghai, China where he managed complex mixed-signal SOC product development. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Tang was the senior strategic marketing director for Acer Labs, Inc. USA, and prior to that, he was employed by National Semiconductor for 17 years, where he held various management positions in analog and mixed-signal circuit design, applications and strategic marketing. Mr. Tang holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla.

Emily Yang
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Ms. Yang was appointed Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing in 2017 and Senior Vice President in November 2020. She has been with the Company since the acquisition of Pericom Semiconductor Corporation in 2015, where she was Vice President of Global Sales. Prior to that, she held a number of sales management positions with Pericom since 1998, including: VP of Sales, NAEU, Contract Manufacturing Sales Director, Western Regional Sales Director, and Strategic Account Sales Director covering Asia, North America, and Europe. Ms. Yang holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.  

Jin Zhao
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Analog Products

Dr. Zhao was appointed to his current position in November 2020. He previously served as the Company’s Linear, Logic, and Power Product Division Manager under the Analog Business Group. From 2014 until joining the Company in 2017, Dr. Zhao served as Vice President and General Manager roles at NXP and Fairchild Semiconductor, managing various product lines including analog interface products and high voltage discrete products. Dr. Zhao worked at Texas Instruments (“TI”) from 2001 to 2014, with roles including management of the integrated PMIC and over-voltage protection product lines. Prior to TI, Dr. Zhao worked at AMD Fab25 at Austin, Texas. Dr. Zhao holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Gerry McCarthy
President, Europe

Dr. McCarthy joined Diodes in 2019 and was appointed to his current position in January 2024. Prior to his current role, he served as General Manager of the Company’s Europe wafer manufacturing facilities. He has previously held senior engineering and operations management roles with National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments. Dr. McCarthy holds a bachelor’s degree from the UK Open University, an MBA from the University of the West of Scotland, and a DBA from Glasgow University.

Andy (Kuo-Ting) Tsong
President, Asia Pacific Region

Mr. Tsong joined Diodes in 2009 as Worldwide Design Engineering Manager for the Analog Business Group. In November 2015, he was assigned to lead the newly-acquired worldwide Pericom business, and held the position of Division Manager for the Precision Timing and Connectivity organization within the Analog Business Group. In November 2021, he was appointed as regional President for the Asia Pacific region with responsibility over non-Make functions. In November 2021, he was appointed as regional President for the Asia Pacific region with responsibility over non-Make functions. Prior to joining Diodes, Mr. Tsong worked for Texas Instruments for over 15 years where he held several key management roles for new product development including System Engineering Manager for High Speed Interface, Senior Design Manager for Mixed Signal IP Development for ASIC, and Design Manager for High Speed SERDES Development. Mr. Tsong received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Sheana Chen
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer, Sustainability

Ms. Chen joined Diodes in 2020 and serves as the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer. She has over 20 years of extensive international experience, including the semiconductor industry, international commercial transactions and supply chain, mergers and acquisitions, IP strategies, ethics and compliance, enterprise risk management, cybersecurity, and business continuity. Additionally, Ms. Chen is responsible for the company’s sustainability and ESG strategies. Prior to joining Diodes, Ms. Chen was the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel with Texas Instruments and a Partner at Baker & McKenzie.

Ms. Chen holds a master’s degree in International Commercial Law from the University of London, an LL. B Honors degree from the University of Manchester, and a postgraduate degree in Professional Legal Skills from the Inns of Court School of Law in the U.K. She is a dual qualified English Solicitor and Barrister and a qualified New York State Attorney.

Ms. Chen has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education program and the INSEAD Women Leading Global Change Program in France, and is a Fellow with the International Women’s Forum.  She is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders and is actively involved in various diversity initiatives and mentoring programs.