The Board of Directors
Stan Swearingen | Chairman
Stan was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Atmel in November 2013 and General Manager, Touch Business Unit in December 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Swearingen served as CTO and Senior Vice President of Advanced Development for Synaptics where he drove the overall technology strategy and direction for the company. Prior to Synaptics, Mr. Swearingen served as a member of the Office of the President at MiniCircuits where he was responsible for strategy and corporate development. From August 2004 to November 2008, Swearingen was the Vice President & General Manager of the Linear Products business unit at Skyworks Solutions, Inc., and from November 2000 to August 2004, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Agere Systems Computing Connectivity division, where he was responsible for the design and manufacturing of wired and wireless connectivity solutions. Mr. Swearingen has also served as CEO of Quantex Microsystems, a direct provider of personal computers, servers, and Internet infrastructure products, and held senior management positions at National Semiconductor, Cyrix, and Digital Equipment Corp.
Matt has over 25 years of global high technology market experience concentrated in the IT infrastructure and mobile computing markets. Matt has been part of Rohinni since its inception as a board member and was appointed CEO in April 2016. In addition to his CEO role at Rohinni Matt is also a board member at Digital Fortress, a hybrid managed cloud and colocation services provider based in Seattle, Washington, and Pearson Packaging, a robotics packaging machinery manufacturer based in Spokane, Washington. Prior to his current responsibilities, Matt held operating or board roles at several significant mobile computing and cloud computing businesses, including: Itronix, a leader in mission critical mobile computing (which was sold to General Dynamics); 2nd Watch, one of Amazon Web Services largest global business partners; IT-Lifeline, one of Amazon Web Services first business partners (which was sold to Reynolds & Reynolds); Pacinian, a leader in haptic technology (which was sold to Synaptics); and Blue Box Group, the first provider of hosted managed private cloud services on top of OpenStack (which was sold to IBM). Matt’s prior CEO roles include Digital Fortress, IT-Lifeline and SprayCool (a provider of data center infrastructure technology). Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Hofstra University. When not at work Matt enjoys tinkering with his cars and spending time with his family.
Steve Helmbrecht serves as an advisor and board member to several entrepreneurial companies in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. From 2015 to 2018, Steve was CEO of Lakeside Capital Group, a privately-held investment company with a diverse portfolio including public and private equity investments, aerospace manufacturing, agricultural operations and residential construction. Previously, he was EVP and CFO of Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), a global technology and services company providing solutions related to smart grid, smart gas and smart water that measure and analyze electricity, gas and water consumption, with over $2 billion in revenue and 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries. He holds a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Washington. Steve serves on the Board of Washington Trust Bank and W.T.B. Financial Corporation as well as the Gonzaga University Board of Regents and several other Spokane-based nonprofit organizations including Big Table, SNAP and Urbanova. Steve and his wife, Theresa, have two children, Lauren and Brett.
Cody is the co-founder and CVO (Chief Visionary Officer) of Rohinni. Prior to his position at Rohinni, Cody founded Pacinian. Pacinian produced an industry leading touchscreen, keyboard and touch pads for the consumer market. While at Pacinian, Cody led the team to create industry leading haptic actuators, industry’s first force sensing haptic touch pads and touch screens. In addition to that, he developed the world’s thinnest keyboard and he currently holds 10 patents. Synaptics acquired Pacinian in 2012. Synaptics is a dominant market leaderin touch screens and they own 75% of today’s laptop touchpad market. Cody has a unique ability to identify untapped potential in new technologies and facilitate the necessary team to capitalize.
Josh Wright has spent his 25 years post grad from Stanford University investing in, growing, and building many different types of companies in many different areas across the nation. These range from high-tech, to print media, to real estate, to packaging/printing, and to distribution. Most recently Josh was the co-founder of Square Peg Packaging and Printing which was acquired by Saxco International. Josh has been an investor in Rohinni from the beginning and brings his high level of energy to the board as an anchor investor representative. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching sports (mainly his kids) and spending time with his family. He is married to Jessica and has a son, Cole and a daughter, Lexi.
Yang chiah yee
Yang Chiah Yee has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with 15 years in various senior sales management roles, he was most recently the Senior VP of WW Sales at IDEX ASA, a supplier of fingerprint biometrics solutions. Prior to IDEX, Yang Chiah was the VP of WW Sales at Atmel. Before Atmel, he served as VP of APAC Sales at Xilinx and President of APAC at Memec. Yang Chiah received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore and is a graduate of the Stanford-NUS Executive program.