Leadership

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.
Ron Black

Dr. Ron Black

Chief Executive Officer, CTO PowerVR

Ron 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.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

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David McBrien

Chief Revenue Officer

David runs sales and business development for the company’s technology groups and has been formative in many of Imagination’s most significant licensing deals since joining the company in 2002. 

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.

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Steve Evans

Chief Product 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 partnerships, branding and marketing. He joined Imagination to lead its PR efforts in 1998. During that time, he launched PURE Digital, a consumer brand, helped transition the company to an IP business model, managed corporate and marketing communications, internal communications, digital transformation, and analyst relations.

He has held PR management roles at VideoLogic, 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.

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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

John Rayfield

John Rayfield

Chief Technical Officer

John spent early years of his career at Arm where he ran advanced R&D (architecture) and Technical Marketing. Since Arm, John has created and run technology start-ups both sides of the Atlantic, and John and his Code Red Technologies team was acquired into NXP in 2013. At NXP John ran the MCU, Architecture, Validation and Software teams.  Most recently, with Cypress Semiconductor he was a VP of Engineering for the Compute and Connectivity Division.

John has a B.Sc. Hons EE from Brunel University and an M.Sc. in Digital Signal Processing from the University of Surrey.

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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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Stuart Black

Executive Vice President, Finance​

Stuart is responsible for Imagination’s financial reporting. He joined Imagination in 2018 from Huawei Technologies where he was the Finance Director for five 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.

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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).