Mark Adams, President & CEO

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Mark Adams joined SMART Global Holdings, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer in August of 2020. With a proven track record of leading large semiconductor and computing companies, his industry knowledge and breadth of experience is well-suited to lead SMART.

Most recently, Mr. Adams held the role of Chief Executive Officer at Lumileds, Inc., a leading developer of LED light engine technology. Prior to Lumileds, Mr. Adams served as President of Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader of memory solutions. While at Micron, he also served in a number of leadership positions, including Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Vice President of Digital Media. Prior to joining Micron, Mr. Adams held various senior positions as he served as Chief Operating Officer of Lexar Media, Inc.; as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Creative Labs, Inc.; and he managed major account sales for the enterprise server business at NCR Corporation.

Mr. Adams currently serves on the boards of Seagate Technology PLC (Nasdaq: STX) and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS). In addition, Mr. Adams is a co-founder investor and serves on the board of directors for Whistle Sports, Inc., branded Team Whistle, a leading youth-focused, digital media company.

Mr. Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard University.

Jack Pacheco, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer SGH, and President SMART Modular Technologies

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With extensive executive experience in corporate planning, capital structure, and systems functions as well as merger, acquisition integration, and IPOs, Jack Pacheco rejoined SMART as its senior vice president, chief operating and financial officer in 2011. He had previously held the position of SMART's chief financial officer from 2004-2008, during which time he built a strong finance and systems organization that helped SMART grow into an industry-leading company. In addition to his financial responsibilities, Jack now oversees operations, information technology and human resources for SMART.

Previous to joining SMART in his current position, Jack served as CFO for Mirion Technologies. Earlier in his career, he held executive positions at Ignis Optics, Force Computers, and Solectron. Jack has an MBA from Golden Gate University (San Francisco, CA) and a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington State University (Pullman, WA).

Claude Demby, Senior Vice President and President, Cree-LED

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Claude is currently the President of SGH’s LED Solutions business. He has more than 20 years in executive leadership roles within automotive, aerospace and materials technology industries. Prior to SGH, Claude served as the SVP and GM of the Cree-LED business, served as the President and CEO of Noel Group, a global provider of synthetic materials solutions across different market segments, and served as the President and COO of L&L Products, a global manufacturer of engineered sealing and structural devices. Claude began his career at P&G and GE Plastics.

Additionally he has served on a number of boards including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as a Director and Chairman, Brown Capital Management Mutual Fund, and Valour Academy Schools.

Mr. Demby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

Bruce Goldberg, Chief of Staff

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Bruce Goldberg serves as Chief of Staff for SGH and focuses on Human Resources and SGH culture. With more than 25 years of legal and executive experience, Bruce Goldberg became a part of SMART's executive team in 2009 as Vice President, Chief Legal and Chief Compliance Officer.

Prior to joining SMART, Bruce had a background as an attorney, an executive, and a board member, bringing a unique combination of business and legal expertise to the position. His previous experience includes a range of advancing positions at All American Semiconductor, Inc., culminating in the role of President and CEO which he held for 10 years. He has also served as Interim General Counsel for VeriFone Holdings. Bruce holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Miami School of Business and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law.

KiWan Kim, Executive Vice President, SMART Global Holdings, President of SMART Emerging Markets

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Part of the SMART team since 2000, KiWan Kim currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets and President, SMART Brazil, and he is responsible for developing strategies to grow SMART business in emerging markets. Previously, Mr. Kim served as vice president of strategic planning and advanced packaging, responsible for developing strategies to grow SMART business in emerging markets, and as SMART's vice president and general manager of the Display Product Group, as well as the vice president of the DRAM Business Unit.

Previous to his career at SMART, KiWan began his career at Samsung, where he spent 13 years advancing in business positions throughout the company, ultimately serving as sales director. KiWan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Yonsei University in Korea.

Anne Kuykendall, Vice President and General Counsel

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Anne Kuykendall was appointed Vice President and General Counsel of SMART Global Holdings in April 2021, and leads SGH’s legal, compliance and risk management functions.

Most recently, Anne served as General Counsel and head of HR for MariaDB, and prior to that, she served in various legal leadership roles with DriveOn, Cloudera, and Cadence Design Systems.

She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Alan Marten, Senior Vice President, Specialty Memory

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Alan Marten has spent over 20 years working in high technology general management, business development, sales, product marketing, and finance. As senior vice president and general manager of SMART's memory business unit, Alan is responsible for product line management; business strategy; and oversight and management of engineering, SMART's largest customer, the advanced packaging group as well as strategic planning and marketing efforts. He joined SMART in 1990 as its director of sales, and then moved to vice president of sales and marketing prior to becoming vice president and general manager of the memory business unit.

Before joining SMART, Alan began his career at AMD as a financial analyst and a product marketing manager, and then he moved to Arrow Electronics where he served as director of product management semiconductor and memory products. Alan holds a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA).

Jean McDaniel, Vice President of the Office of Transformation

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Jean McDaniel was recruited to the new role of Vice President of the Office of Transformation for SMART Global Holdings. She leads the integration efforts and drives standardization of operating processes across the company.

Previously Jean was at Micron Technology where she led various teams that supported M&A and integration activities as well as HR programs. Jean holds a B.A. in Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MBA from Boise State; and an ABA paralegal certificate in Real Estate and Corporate Law from the University of San Diego.

Thierry Pellegrino, Senior Vice President and President, Intelligent Platform Solutions

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Thierry Pellegrino joined SMART Global Holdings as Senior Vice President and President of Intelligent Platform Solutions in March of 2021. With two decades of experience in edge and high performance computing plus a deep understanding of AI, IoT and workload optimization, he possesses the leadership and knowledge to transform SMART’s computing businesses into a solutions-oriented model.

Mr. Pellegrino has more than 22 years of experience in the technology industry. He joins SGH from Dell Technologies, where he served as the Vice President of Datacentric Workloads and Solutions and GM of the HPC and AI business. Throughout his tenure with Dell and prior to his latest role, he held several senior leadership positions including heading the business strategy for the Server business, and leading Dell’s OEM Engineering organization to its role leading the Modular Infrastructure for Dell’s blades business.

Pellegrino earned a master’s degree in engineering at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, and a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering at Penn State.

Ken Rizvi, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Ken Rizvi joined SMART Global Holdings, Inc. as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February of 2021. Bringing a strong blend of international finance, accounting and strategy experience plus his years of financial leadership in the technology industry, he’s well-suited to lead SGH’s global finance organization.

Mr. Rizvi joined SGH from UTAC Holdings Ltd., a global semiconductor assembly and test services provider, where he served as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he held the CFO role at Isola Group and served as VP of Finance & Treasurer at Micron Technology. Mr. Rizvi has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry with senior leadership roles at UTAC, Isola, Micron and ON Semiconductor.

He also served as an associate with Technology Crossover Ventures , a leading private equity and venture capital firm, and as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Rizvi holds an Executive MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University. 

Valerie Sassani, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

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Valerie Sassani joined SMART Global Holdings as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in April 2021. Valerie is responsible for amplifying the SMART family of brands and overseeing SGH’s brand and messaging strategy.

Prior to joining SGH, Valerie was a Senior Director at Lam Research, leading the marketing and digital communications team. She holds a BA in Film Production from San Francisco State University and an MBA from San Jose State University.