Silicon Labs Management

Board of Directors

Matt Johnson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Matt Johnson serves as President and CEO of Silicon Labs, a leader in secure, intelligent wireless technology for a more connected world. Prior to becoming CEO, Matt led the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) business unit through a period of accelerating growth and industry leadership.  Silicon Labs is now solely focused on technology solutions to enable smart, connected devices, which are transforming industries, growing economies, and improving lives and our environment.  Before joining Silicon Labs, Matt held leadership positions at NXP, Freescale, and Fairchild Semiconductor.  Matt is dedicated to a strong company culture, innovative product development and operational excellence.  He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Maine and has completed executive programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University.  Matt currently serves on the boards of Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, the Global Semiconductor Alliance, and the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Dean Butler

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 

Dean Butler serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, leading the company’s financial strategy and global finance organization. Dean joined Silicon Labs in May 2024 from Synaptics, where he served as Senior Vice President and CFO. Prior to Synaptics, Dean held financial leadership positions at Marvell Technology, Broadcom, and Maxim Integrated. In addition to a proven track record of driving strong financial results, Dean brings expertise in capital markets, including having completed more than $10 billion in M&A transactions. He received his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is a graduate of Stanford University's Strategic Financial Leadership Program. Dean currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pixelworks.

Daniel Cooley

Chief Technology Officer

Daniel Cooley serves as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Technology and Product Development, where he is responsible for the company’s overall research and development strategy and execution. Cooley is a respected IoT industry veteran and has been instrumental in building the unmatched breadth and depth of the company’s wireless connectivity portfolio. Previously, Daniel served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, where he led Silicon Labs’ overall strategy, corporate development, M&A, emerging markets, and security. Prior to that, Daniel led Silicon Labs’ IoT business as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Since 2005, Cooley has served in a variety of engineering and business leadership positions at Silicon Labs in the US, Asia, and Europe. He has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and holds five patents in radio and low-power technology. Daniel currently serves on the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board. Previously, he served on the University of Texas Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board and the board of directors for the Thinkery, Texas 4000, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Serena Townsend 

Chief People Officer

Serena Townsend serves as Chief People Officer at Silicon Labs, where she is responsible for the company’s global talent strategy, people programs, and values-driven, inclusive culture. Serena joined Silicon Labs in February 2017 to lead our global HR Business Partner team and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer in September 2020. She has more than 25 years of experience in high growth technology organizations with a focus on high-performance global teams, alignment to business goals, and a people-first philosophy. Before joining Silicon Labs, Serena held HR leadership positions at companies including Samsung Austin Semiconductor and HomeAway (Expedia). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas (UT), is a UT distinguished college scholar, and volunteers for organizations including Crossing Thresholds and Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas.

Brandon Tolany

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Applications

Brandon Tolany serves as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Applications where he leads the company’s go-to-market engine. In this role, he is responsible for all global sales and marketing activities delivering customer success by accelerating engagement, ease-of-use and growth for customers of all sizes. In collaboration with all company functions, Brandon leads a team hyper-focused on driving adoption of Silicon Labs’ industry-leading IoT platform. Prior to joining Silicon Labs, Brandon served as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Freescale Semiconductor. During his 12-year tenure at Freescale, Brandon progressed in a range of leadership positions in marketing, product management and sales. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. Brandon also serves as a board member for The Rosedale Foundation whose mission is to empower special needs students and their families.

Bob Conrad

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations

Bob Conrad is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, overseeing the company's gross margin, technology, and supplier strategy. His team manages manufacturing, product and test engineering, quality assurance, and other operations-related functions globally. Bob previously served on the Board of Directors at Silicon Labs and brings over 40 years of semiconductor industry experience to his role. His career includes leadership positions at Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Trevia Networks, Fairchild Semiconductor, Freescale, and NXP Semiconductors. This extensive background supports Silicon Labs' efforts in advancing its manufacturing and supply chain capabilities. Bob holds a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati and serves on the board of Montalvo Corporation.

Ross Sabolcik

Senior Vice President, Industrial and Commercial

Ross Sabolcik serves as Senior Vice President of the Industrial and Commercial IoT business unit at Silicon Labs.  In this role, Ross leads the delivery of connected, wireless solutions for industrial and commercial sectors including metering, industrial and building automation, commercial lighting, and connected retail applications.  Previously he served as the General Manager for Silicon Labs’ power products including digital isolators, isolated gate drivers, isolated FET drivers, current sensors, and PoE products revenue.  Ross joined Silicon Labs in 1999 and has served in a variety of roles including Marketing Director for the company’s sub-GHz wireless products, Director of Applications and Systems Engineering for broadcast products, and as Director of Applications Engineering for wireline products.  Prior to Silicon Labs, Ross worked at National Instruments, managing product development for embedded software, as well as board-level hardware design for precision PC instrumentation. He holds a Master’s degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BSEE from Penn State University, and currently serves as the Chairperson on the board of directors for the Austin Habitat for Humanity.

Benny Chang

Senior Vice President, Platform and Products

Benny Chang serves as Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Platform and Products for Silicon Labs. In this role, he is responsible for the overall platform strategy and product roadmaps. Benny has more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, where he’s led product development, product and test engineering, manufacturing, and operations. Prior to joining Silicon Labs, Benny served as Vice President of R&D at NXP Semiconductors, Vice President of Product Development and Operations for Automotive MCU at Freescale Semiconductor, and Senior Vice President of Global Wafer Manufacturing at Fairchild Semiconductor. Prior to Freescale, he held various leadership roles at Tundra Semiconductor and Quadic Systems. Benny holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in Solid State Electronics.

Jake Alamat

Senior Vice President, Home and Life

Jake Alamat serves as Senior Vice President of Home and Life Business at Silicon Labs. In this role, Jake is responsible for the delivery of intelligent, wireless solutions central to IoT products widely used in daily life including smart lights, voice assistants, portable medical devices, HVAC controls, smart appliances, and more. With more than 20 years of industry experience at NXP and Texas Instruments, Jake has served in multiple leadership roles focused on embedded processing and analog semiconductor solutions. His career experience spans consumer, mobile, automotive, industrial and infrastructure end markets. Prior to joining Silicon Labs in September 2019, Jake served as Vice President and General Manager of Automotive Connectivity at NXP Semiconductors. Jake holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in computer engineering from Michigan State University.

Manish Kothari

Senior Vice President, Software Development

Dr. Manish Kothari serves as Senior Vice President of Software Development for Silicon Labs.  In this role, he is responsible for growing the company’s wireless engineering talent, building scalable infrastructure, and fostering local partnerships in Hyderabad, Silicon Labs’ newest and fastest-growing wireless development center.  He has more than 20 years of technology management experience, and prior to Silicon Labs served in various leadership roles at Qualcomm Hyderabad including head of wireless software product development. Manish holds more than 100 patents, graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and received his MS and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Néstor Ho Gutiérrez

Chief Legal Officer and VP Government Affairs & Public Policy

Néstor Ho serves as Chief Legal Officer, Vice-President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, and Head of Corporate Services. In these roles, he oversees the company’s global Legal, Public Policy, Purchasing, and Facilities departments. Néstor also acts as our Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer, Corporate Secretary and Board Director for all of our worldwide subsidiaries. Prior to joining Silicon Labs in 2003, Néstor worked as Assistant Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property for the 3M Company and as a litigator in private practice. He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law, a Doctor in Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law, an MBA from St. Edwards University, and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Néstor currently volunteers as Vice-Chair of Education and Talent in the Executive Committee for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and as Vice-President of the Board for Ascension Texas Hospitals.

Radhika Chennakeshavula

Chief Information Officer

Radhika Chennakeshavula serves as Chief Information Officer for Silicon Labs, where she leads the company’s digital transformation strategy, as well as oversees IT operations, enterprise applications and data analytics. Prior to joining Silicon Labs, Radhika served as the VP of Infrastructure Operations and Engineering Services at Western Digital, where she successfully led the infrastructure team in providing high-quality IT services for mission-critical functions, including manufacturing and R&D. She has a proven track record of setting up the India Center of Excellence for global companies, including Micron Technology. She received master's degrees from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and Manipal University in Business Analytics and Computer Science. Outside of work, she is passionate about health and well-being and is certified as a yoga trainer.

Sharon Hagi

Chief Security Officer

Sharon Hagi serves as Chief Security Officer of Silicon Labs, where he leads the company’s comprehensive risk-based cybersecurity strategies and programs. Sharon has over 23 years of security experience in multiple technology disciplines. Prior to Silicon Labs, Sharon served as Vice President of Security at Ethoca, a Mastercard company, and Chief Technology Strategist at IBM Security. Sharon is a recognized subject matter expert and respected thought leader in IoT security where he has been promoting the vision and benefits of integrating silicon-rooted trust models and secure manufacturing operations. He holds patents in information security and applied machine learning and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Sharon received his Honors BSc degrees in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Toronto, and he currently volunteers as a subject matter expert with the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)².

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