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.
Dr. Ron Black
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Black was appointed CEO of Imagination in December 2018. He is a veteran figure in the semiconductor and technology industry with over 25 years of experience, most recently as CEO of Rambus, and previously as CEO of UPEK and Wavecom. He has held leadership roles with Agere Systems, Gemplus, IBM, and Motorola, led companies both in the USA and Europe, and created partnerships and joint ventures in China.
Dr. Black holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.
Group HR Director
Michele Byron joined Imagination in October 2014 as HR Manager having previously performed similar roles in other engineering and technology businesses, including Buro Happold Engineers Ltd, Airspan Technologies, FFEI Ltd and JJS Electronics Ltd.
Michele’s HR experience spans over 15 years and has included all aspects of HR, taking a partnering and collaborative approach with her internal customer base.
Executive Vice President, Finance
Stuart has recently joined from Huawei Technologies where he was the Finance Director for 5 years, working within the carrier network and enterprise business units in the UK. Before this he held senior finance positions within the device management group of Vodaphone UK, the managed services unit of Ericsson UK, Verizon Business and Vertu Ltd, a mobile start-up division of Nokia Mobile Phones. He started his finance career at Lotus Software.
He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a degree in Economics from the University of Portsmouth..
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing
David McBrien joined Imagination in 2002 to run sales and business development for the company’s technology groups, and has been formative in many of Imagination’s most significant licensing deals. He has an established track record of success in both chip and IP sales, having previously held senior management positions at Hitachi (now Renesas) and at Parthus (now CEVA).
David spent much of his early career developing leading-edge ASIC products for telecoms, consumer and space applications. He graduated from Queens University, Belfast with a degree in Electronic and Information Engineering.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy
Woz is responsible for shaping Imagination’s long-term strategic direction, in addition to leading its M&A and marketing capability. Woz re-joined Imagination in 2018, having previously worked for Imagination from 2004 to 2016. Starting in business development, he took Imagination into China, Taiwan and Korea, with the focus on building the commercial organizations there in parallel with gaining commercial traction. 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 BEng degree in Electronics and Computing, an MBA from Henley and attended Oxford University’s Private Equity Programme.
Executive Vice President, PowerVR
Nigel Leeder is Executive Vice President of PowerVR. Previously, Nigel performed senior leadership roles for PowerVR for over a decade, guiding the evolution of PowerVR’s Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and advances into AI technologies.
This 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
Executive Vice President and Co-General Manager, Ensigma
Babak Bastani is EVP and Co-General Manager of Ensigma with Gerry Conlon. Babak is responsible for the engineering side of the business unit, this includes driving the technical direction of Ensigma as well as managing the program management and operations.
Babak has over 28 years of experience in senior management roles in Silicon design and managing multinational SoC design teams in the UK and the US, most recently being SVP of engineering at Samsung Electronics and COO at a start-up in Cambridge.
Babak has a BENG in Electrical Engineering from Kings College London and a MSc in Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey, Guildford. Babak was Vice President Engineering of Ensigma prior to his appointment of Co-General Manager in 2019.
Executive Vice President and Co-General Manager, Ensigma
Gerry Conlon 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.
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 Global No.1 in Dimmable LED Driver IC’s in 2013. Dialog acquired iWatt in 2013 for $345M.
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. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering, a degree in marketing and an Honours MBA (specialised in success strategies for high-technology start-ups).