Leadership Team

Renee James

Chairman and CEO of Ampere

Renee James is a seasoned technology leader with large scale, broad international operations experience. She is currently the Chairman and CEO of Ampere Computing. 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.

Chi Miller


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 Bajwa

Chief Architect

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.

Rohit Vidwans

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.

Greg Favor

Senior Fellow

Greg brings 25 years of experience developing high-performance microprocessors across multiple ISAs including x86, ARMv8, and PowerPC. He holds over 60 patents. Over the most recent nine years he architected the first ARMv8 CPU implementation and led the hardware engineering team over three generations of ARMv8 CPU development. Greg has a BS CS/EE from CalTech.

Ben Lenhart

General Counsel

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.

Melissa Moore

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.

Tim Sticklinski

Vice President of Sales

Tim is vice president of worldwide sales at Ampere. He has over 30 years of technical sales experience in semiconductors and storage. He has worked with companies including AMD, IDT, LSI Logic and Micro Linear (IPO). In addition, he successfully founded Iris Technical Services to sell storage solutions to tier 1 OEMs.

Tim also founded Food for Paws, a grassroots nonprofit focused on providing food for pets and the homeless.

Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a MBA from Santa Clara Leavey School of Business.