Executive Management Board

Our Executive Management Board has decades of experience in the semiconductor industry and is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Board and its Committees. The EMB works with the Chairman and the Board to help steer the commercial and operational activities of Imagination.
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Simon Beresford-Wylie

Chief Executive Officer

Simon was previously Chief Executive of Arqiva, a UK leader in the provision of communications, broadcast and media services. Prior to Arqiva he was Global Executive Advisor and Executive Vice President to the Networks Business Unit of Samsung Electronics. Simon has also been founding CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks, and a member of the Group Executive Board of Nokia Corporation (2005 – 2009). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Vitec Group (2006 – 2013).

During his five-year tenure as CEO of Arqiva, Simon significantly improved the Company’s financial performance, employee engagement and customer satisfaction. He departed in July 2020 having completed the sale of Arqiva’s telecoms division for £2bn.

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Steve Evans

Chief Revenue Officer

Steve is focused on ensuring the Imagination portfolio continues to deliver outstanding innovation for our customers and partners.

He has been working in the semiconductor and technology industry since 1985 and has held various senior marketing, sale and business development roles across several leading companies including Arm, MIPS (previously as part of Imagination), Hitachi and several start-ups and early stage businesses.

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David Harold

Chief Marketing Officer

David is responsible for marketing and communications across all Imagination’s business units. He joined Imagination to lead its communications in 1998. During that time he:  developed the PowerVR GPU brand (with some help from Sega and many games developers — thanks!); promoted the successful VideoLogic and Kyro PC GPU board brands; launched PURE Digital, a leading UK consumer audio brand; helped transition Imagination to an IP business model; and managed corporate and marketing communications, internal communications, digital transformation, and analyst relations.

He has held communications and marketing management roles at PURE Digital, Cohn & Wolfe, SMI and MAP. He holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. 

David is a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Chris Porthouse

Chief Product Officer

Chris is focused on ensuring the Imagination portfolio continues to deliver outstanding innovation for our customers and partners.

Chris spent 20 years at Arm in a variety of senior leadership positions, running hardware and software businesses in everything from mobile and consumer electronics to IoT and the games industry, building trusted and long-lasting relationships with blue chip companies worldwide.

Chris also has significant experience building, transforming and running world class, customer focused product teams.

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Nigel Leeder

Chief Innovation Officer

Nigel is responsible for guiding the evolution of PowerVR’s Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and advances into AI technologies.

He has held numerous senior leadership roles at Imagination since joining in 2007. These included leading the customer engineering team, which was responsible for delivering and supporting all Imagination’s technology deliverables to its customers and guiding its roadmap evolution based on those deep engagements. 

He has been intrinsic in delivering success for Imagination’s most important and influential customer engagements over the complete history of Imagination’s IP business

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Woz Ahmed

Chief Strategy Officer, Chief of Staff

Woz is responsible for shaping Imagination’s long-term strategic direction, leading the strategy, corporate development, HR, legal and IT functions. 

Woz re-joined Imagination in 2018 as EVP, leading corporate development, strategy and marketing, having previously worked for Imagination from 2004 to 2016. Originally starting in business development, he took Imagination into China, Taiwan and Korea. He later ran M&A and other corporate projects as a VP. 

Most recently he worked as an advisor to early-stage venture capital firms focused on deep tech ventures. He previously held segment marketing and product management roles at Hitachi (now Renesas), ARC (now part of Synopsys) and Avnet, as well as customer engineering roles at IBM and National Instruments. 

Woz holds a BTEC HND in Computer Studies from the University of Westminster, a BEng degree in Electronics and Computing from Kingston University, a Henley MBA and attended Oxford University’s Private Equity Programme.

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Gerry Conlon

Executive Vice President, Ensigma

Gerry is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Ensigma’s connectivity business.

He joined Imagination in April 2018 as Senior Director of Business Development, Ensigma. He has a deep understanding of the forward value chain for semiconductor IP, with over 25 years of experience spanning technology consultancy, the semiconductor industry and component distribution. 

Gerry’s early career was developing video and precision-motion control systems, followed by a successful leadership role growing a start-up into a viable player in the machine vision industry – it was acquired in 2000, now called Prophotonix.

At iWatt Inc., he was instrumental in developing original business models and strategic partnerships to help convert brand names such as IKEA, OSRAM and Sylvania into global accounts, with iWatt achieving number one position globally in dimmable LED driver ICs in 2013. Dialog acquired iWatt in 2013 for $345M.

He holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering, a degree in marketing and an Honours MBA (specialised in success strategies for high-technology start-ups).

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Ray Bingham

Executive Chairman

Ray is currently co-founder and partner at Canyon Bridge, a global private equity fund which owns Imagination Technologies.

Ray served as executive chairman of Cypress Semiconductor, chairman of Flextronics International, and lead independent director on the board of Oracle Corporation, as well as on boards at Cadence Design Systems, KLA-Tencor, Freescale Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, TriNet Group, and Elementum. Earlier in his career he was CFO, president CEO, and then executive chairman at Cadence Design Systems.

He was named an Outstanding Director by the Financial Times in 2009, and received the 2005 Pioneers and Purpose Award from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the 2002 Corporate Innovation Recognition Award from the IEEE.

Ray holds an MBA from Harvard and a BS in economics and an honorary doctorate of humanities from Weber State University.