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Management Team

Keh-Shew Lu
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Dr. Lu was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2020 and appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in June 2005 after serving on the Board since 2001. Dr. Lu is also a board member of Lite-On Technology Corporation and Nuvoton Technology Corporation, two publicly held companies. Dr. Lu is the founding Chairman of the Asian American Citizen’s Council. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Lu was a partner of the WK Technology Venture Fund. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Lu 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 TI’s worldwide business, including design, process and product development, manufacturing and marketing. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Lu was the manager of TI’s worldwide memory business. In addition, he served as the President of TI Asia from 1994 to 1997 where he supervised all of TI activities in Asia, excluding Japan. Dr. Lu holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech 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.

 

Brett Whitmire
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Whitmire assumed his current position as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer in March 2019. He has 32 years of industry experience and has been with the Company for over ten 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.


Julie Holland
Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations

Ms. Holland joined the Company in 2008. She previously spent over 20 years at Texas Instruments (TI) where she held several key management roles, last serving as director and general manager of the Connectivity Solutions business unit prior to her departure in 2007. Her responsibilities included leading business and technical teams in the United States, Asia and Japan in the development, production and marketing of multiple analog and interface product lines. Prior to joining the Connectivity Solutions business unit, Ms. Holland served at TI as Director, Worldwide Bus Solutions from 2000 to 2001 and as Director, Computer Peripheral and Control Products from 1997 to 1999. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics at Northwestern University and her master’s degree in Engineering Management at Southern Methodist University. She is an alumna of Leadership America and Leadership Texas, and was named a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation.


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.


Evan Yu
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Power Products

Mr. Yu joined the Company in 2008. Prior to joining the Company, he was the CEO of Commit Inc., a China home-grown TDSCDMA standard 3/4G chip set start-up company from 2003 to 2008. Prior to Commit Inc., Mr. Yu worked at Texas Instruments for 15 years, where he held several key management roles, including Asia Vice President of the Application Specific Products organization (ASP) before his departure in 2001. Mr. Yu’s billion-dollar business responsibilities in ASP included leading several business developments, marketing, and technical units of wireless communication, ASIC, DSP, broadband, and digital still camera business units. He studied electrical engineering at Kaoshung Institute of Technology (KIT) and earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Tam Kang University in Taiwan.


Gary Yu
Senior Vice President, Business Groups

Mr. Yu, who has been with the Company since 2008, was appointed to his current position in November 2020. He most recently served as the Company’s President, Asia Pacific Region. Prior roles in the Company include General Manager of the Company’s Shanghai wafer fabrication operation and its BCD business unit, Vice President of Asia Pacific Sales and manager of the Company’s DBS and Sensor business unit. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Yu spent over 10 years at Lite-On Semiconductor Corp. as Vice President, Worldwide Sales and at Texas Instruments in 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 Texas at Dallas.


Jin Zhao
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 in 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.

 

Tim Monaghan
President, Europe

Mr. Monaghan, who has been with Diodes since 2008, was appointed to his current position in January, 2014. Prior to his current role, he served as General Manager of the company’s manufacturing operations in the U.K. (OFAB). His 35 years of industry experience includes positions as head of Operations and Supply Chain for Zetex Semiconductors and engineering, operational, planning and business development roles in the Power Semiconductors Division of Phillips Electronics. Mr. Monaghan holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester.

 

Andy 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. 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.