MANAGEMENT TEAM

Hiro Kozato President & CEO
Member of the board of directors

Hiro Kozato is the CEO and President of Techpoint since founding the company in 2012. Mr. Kozato was the former founder and CEO of Techwell whom he took public in 2006 and sold Techwell to Intersil for $455 million in 2010. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Kozato was President of Sigmax, a start-up company based in Silicon Valley developing CD-ROM controller chips. Sigmax was sold to Adaptec in 1996. From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Kozato was the Business Controller for Ricoh, a large Japanese electronics conglomerate, where he was responsible for Ricoh's US semiconductor business. Mr. Kozato started his career at Tomen, a large Japanese trading company. Mr. Kozato holds a B.S. in Mathematics from UC Santa Barbara.

Feng Kuo, Ph.D CTO
Member of the board of directors

Feng Kuo is the CTO and cofounder of Techpoint. Dr. Kuo served as the Vice President of Engineering at Intersil Corporation after Intersil had acquired Techwell in in 2010 and served as CTO of Techwell from 1998 to 2010. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Kuo was the VP of Engineering of Sigmax, a start-up company based in the Silicon Valley developing CD-ROM controller chips. Sigmax was sold to Adaptec in 1996. From 1991 to 1994, Dr. Kuo was a Product Manager at Seiko, where he designed a variety of analog and mixed signal semiconductors. Dr. Kuo started his career at Hypres, a superconductor IC Company. Dr. Kuo holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Taiwan National University and a M.S. and PhD from the Stony Brook University of New York.

Maureen Monahan CFO

Maureen Monahan is the Chief Financial Officer at Techpoint. Prior to joining us, Ms. Monahan served as a consultant for Resources Connection, Inc. (“RGP”), a multinational professional services firm where she advised clients on finance, accounting and SEC reporting, from May 2016 to September 2020. Prior to her role at RGP, Ms. Monahan served as Vice President of Finance at Complete Genomics, Inc, a human genome DNA sequencing company, from 2008 to January 2016, and as Corporate Controller at Techwell, Inc., a semiconductor company, from 2005 to 2008. Ms. Monahan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and an MBA from Santa Clara University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Fun-Kai Liu Independent Director
Member of the board of directors

Fun-Kai Liu has served on our Board since 2012. Since 2005, Mr. Liu has been an angel investor focusing on Silicon Valley startups. Mr. Liu served at Tvia, Inc., a publicly traded developer of semiconductor and software products targeted for the advanced television and emerging display markets, as Chief Executive Officer from its founding in 1995 through 2001 and as Chairman of the board through 2005. From its founding in 1989 through 1994, Mr. Liu served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OPTi Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of core logic chip sets for the personal computer market. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan, an M.S. in Computer Science from Santa Clara University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University.

Robert Cochran Independent Director
Member of the board of directors

Robert Cochran has served on our Board since January 2016. Mr. Cochran is currently the Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Collaboration of A10 Networks, Inc. (NYSE:ATEN), an application security company, where he has worked since January 2012 and served as a member of its board of directors from April 2012 to November 2018. From January 1993 to January 2012, Mr. Cochran was principal of a boutique law firm in Woodside, California, specializing in the representation of emerging technology companies. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Cochran served as a director of Techwell, Inc. Mr. Cochran presently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, chair of the finance committee and Treasurer of a non-profit, the Marin Waldorf School, based in San Rafael, California. Mr. Cochran holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Harvard University.

Yaichi Aoshima, Ph.D Independent Director
Member of the board of directors

Yaichi Aoshima, Ph.D has served on our Board since July 2016. Since 1999, Dr. Aoshima has been an Associate Professor and Professor at the Institute of Innovation Research at Hitotsubashi University in Japan, focusing on new product development, organization theory, and technology management. Dr. Aoshima holds a Ph.D. in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Commerce and Management from Hitotsubashi University, and an undergraduate degree in Commerce and Management from Hitotsubashi University. Since June 2015, Dr. Aoshima has also served as a director of NS Solutions, a subsidiary of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal in Japan.

Noriko Endo, Ph.D Independent Director
Member of the board of directors

Dr. Noriko Endo is an expert in energy and environmental policy, security and risk governance. She is currently Project Professor at Keio University Global Research Institute and conducting a research project entitled “Economic Security Study”. She draws on her experience as a journalist with a career spanning nearly 20 years. She has covered various industries including electronics and information technologies as a staff journalist of The Diamond Weekly, where she earned widespread regard for her insightful articles, and she served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief. She has been providing her knowledge upon the Japanese government’s policy making process as a member of the Industrial Structure Council, Fiscal System Council, Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, Space Policy Committee. She also has been on the Board of Directors of NTT DOCOMO, Ain Holdings and Hankyu-Hansin Holdings. She obtained her Ph. D. in Energy Science at Kyoto University. Her thesis, which proposes innovative approaches to disaster risk management after Fukushima entitled “The Study of Japan's Nuclear Damage Compensation Scheme” was published in 2013. It was awarded the Osaragi Jiro Prize for Scholarly writing.

Darron Ma General Manager and Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Darron Ma is the General Manager and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Techpoint Inc. From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Ma was the Vice President and General Manager of the Video Products Group at Conexant Systems. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Ma was the Product Line Director of worldwide video business for Intersil Corporation after Intersil had acquired Techwell Inc. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Ma was the Director of sales and later on the President of Greater China for Techwell Inc. Prior to joining Techwell, Mr. Ma was a Marketing Manager at PLX Technology and an ASIC design engineer at Netchip Technology. Mr. Ma holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UCLA.

Fan Kung Vice President of Operations

Fan Kung is Vice President of Operations at Techpoint. Prior to joining Techpoint in 2018, Mr. Kung was the QA Manager at Sigma Designs from 2004 to 2018. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Kung was the Product Engineering manager at ZettaCom. Mr. Kung was the Sr. Operations Manager at Acorn Networks from 2000 to 2001 and at Vertex Networks from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Kung had started his career of over 20 years at Oak Technology from 1992 to 1997 as a Sr. Product Engineer. Mr. Kung received his B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Tamkang University in Taiwan and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Hiroshi Kondo Vice President of Corporate Marketing & President of Techpoint Japan K.K.

Hiroshi Kondo is Vice President of Corporate Marketing & President of Techpoint Japan K.K. From 1999 to 2021 Mr. Kondo worked as General Manager/Director for the IPO department in Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., one of the leading investment bank and brokerage houses in Japan. He started his career as an IPO consultant, including advising on legal disclosure, corporate governance, accounting, compliance and etc., in order to pass the listing examination by the stock exchange and the authorities in 1985 in Yamaichi Securities Co., Ltd. After Yamaichi ceased operations in 1998, he worked for Sumitomo Capital Securities Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of Sumitomo Bank, currently Daiwa Securities) and IBJ Securities Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of The Industrial Bank of Japan, currently Mizuho Securities) to introduce the equity underwriting business for bank-affiliated securities houses which were only licensed to handle debt securities at that time. Throughout his career as an IPO consultant, he advised hundreds of IPO ideas and accomplished more than 60 IPOs, additional listings and step-up listings. Mr. Kondo holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.