Chairman and CEO
Chairman and CEO
Renee James is a seasoned technology leader with large scale, broad international operations experience. She is currently the chairman and CEO of Ampere, a company she founded. Ampere produces high performance processors for compute, storage and other cloud computing needs.
Renee had a lengthy career with Intel Corporation where she was the president of the company until her departure in 2016. James is a current operating executive at the Carlyle Group.
CFO and COO
Chi is the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Ampere. Prior to joining Ampere, he was senior director of finance at Apple Corporation, where he supported the R&D group. Prior to Apple, Chi was with Intel for 25 years, where he held a variety of roles including platform engineering VP of finance, software and services VP of finance, M&A controller and server products controller.
Chi also served on the board of directors for three subsidiary companies while with Intel. Before joining Intel, he was a capital analyst with the Boeing Company and a financial analyst with Chrysler Financial Corporation.
Chi earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA degree from the University’s Marriott School of Management.
Atiq is a seasoned technologist with over 30 years of technical leadership experience in product R&D. Prior to joining Ampere, Atiq was VP and GM of product architecture at Intel, where he led the architectural definition and development of Intel’s computing products for the data center, PC, workstation and ultramobile markets. Over the course of an extensive career at Intel, he contributed in a number of technical and leadership roles in architecture, design and software development; served as GM of Intel’s cable networking operation; and led the acquisition and integration of a large public company. Before joining Intel, Atiq was a member of the team that developed the 32000 family of microprocessors at National Semiconductor.
Atiq received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Yale University. He holds 6 US patents in computer architecture and was awarded an Intel Achievement Award for pioneering work on the Pentium Pro processor.
Executive Vice President of Engineering
Rohit brings over 25 years of experience from Intel where he developed microprocessors, graphics, media and supercomputing processors and platforms, and holds 8 microprocessor design patents. Notable projects that he worked on or led include Intels first 8 and 10 core XeonTM microprocessors for data center and enterprise servers and IntelsTM first multi-core phone and tablet SOCs based on the ATOMTM core. He led silicon and platform development teams across the world, bringing products successfully to market. He was appointed a vice president in 2013. Rohit has a MSCE from the University of Texas at Austin and a BSCE from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Stephan brings a wealth of experience in CPU, SoC and system architecture to Ampere. Prior to Ampere, he spent 21 years in product architecture at Intel, where he held a variety of technology and management roles including CPU core architect, chief architect of Intel’s PC client and mobile device SOCs, and most recently he was an Intel fellow in the Infrastructure and Platform Solutions Group (IPSG) and served as the IPSG chief technology officer.
Stephan is a prolific inventor, with over 50 patents to his name. Stephan received his PhD from University of Toulouse, France, and an MBA from University of Oregon.
Ben is the general counsel at Ampere. He joined Ampere from Tonkon Torp LLP where he was a partner focusing on mergers and acquisitions, general business, corporate and securities law matters, and commercial finance transactions. Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, he spent 20 years as an attorney with Lane Powell PC.
Since 2008, Ben has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for his skill in corporate matters relating to securities, M&A and commercial finance.
Vice President of People & Culture
Melissa Moore is a People & Culture leader that thrives in fast-paced entrepreneurial environments. She has extensive experience in developing People and HR strategies and operations for global organizations. Most recently Melissa led HR for one of the fastest growing and most awarded technology startups in Melbourne, Australia, Outware Mobile. Prior to that, she spent nine years in the game industry as an HR director for Ubisoft. Melissa has an MBA from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
SVP Worldwide Sales and Business Development
Matt is the senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Business Development at Ampere. Matt has 20 years of sales and business development experience in the data center and semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Ampere, Matt was the VP of Sales and Business Development for the Qualcomm Datacenter group, where he was responsible for Qualcomm’s first Cloud, OEM, and ODM design wins and revenue shipments of the Centriq platform. Prior to Qualcomm, Matt was with Intel for 15 years, where he held a variety of Sales, Marketing and Business Development leadership roles. Most notably Matt led Intel’s sales campaign for Cisco’s datacenter portfolio and then went on to develop and lead the Worldwide Amazon account team, growing Amazon into a multi billion dollar account for Intel.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Science from University of San Diego and an International MBA from the South Carolina Moore School of Business.
Vice President Software Engineering
Mauri Whalen is vice president of software engineering at Ampere. Her team leads and delivers software for tools/compilers, BIOS/UEFI, OS, hypervisors, middleware, application development and optimization for the Ampere™ eMAG platform. She also drives the developer program which allows developers to create and innovate on Ampere’s hardware platform.
Prior to joining Ampere, she spent more than a decade in Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. Her most recent position was vice president of a core system development team, where she led efforts in open source software development across a range of technologies and market segments, including enterprise Linux, leadership in the Linux ecosystem, client Linux programs and related technologies.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
VP Product Management and Marketing
Surya Hotha is the vice president of product management and marketing at Ampere. He brings 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with primary focus on networking and server infrastructure. Prior to joining Ampere, Surya served as the head of product management and marketing for server processors targeting cloud, data center, and high-performance computing markets at Cavium/Marvell. Prior to that, he held various marketing and engineering leadership roles at NetLogic/Broadcom, AuthenTec/Apple, and Bay Networks/Nortel. Surya received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.