Board of Directors
Dr. Ichiro Aoki
Dr. Ichiro Aoki
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann
Mr. David Aldrich is the retired Chairman of the Board of Skyworks Solutions, a leading supplier of high-performance mobile communications solutions, a position he held since 2018. Prior to his retirement in 2021, he served as Skyworks’ Executive Chairman from 2016 to 2018 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2002 when the company was created via a merger between Alpha Industries and Conexant Systems’ wireless business. Before Skyworks, Mr. Aldrich served as President and CEO of Alpha Industries after joining as their Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, he held senior management positions at Adams-Russell and M/A-COM.
Mr. Aldrich received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Providence College. He is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year in the Semiconductor category and was named CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.
He is Chairman of the Board of Belden, a publicly traded provider of end-to-end signal transmission solutions, and a Board Member of Allegro MicroSystems, a global leader in sensing and power semiconductor technology.
Mr. Donald McClymont is one of our Co-founders and serves as indie’s Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for formulating our strategic vision, ensuring execution to our business plans and creating shareholder value.
Prior to joining indie, Mr. McClymont was Vice President of Marketing at Axiom Microdevices tasked with driving company strategy, developing sales engagements and building key industry partnerships. Before Axiom, he served as a Product Line Director with Conexant and was a Marketing Manager at Fujitsu. Earlier in his career he worked with Thesys (now Xfab/Melexis) and Wolfson (now Cirrus Logic) as a design engineer.
Mr. McClymont holds five worldwide patents. He earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering Electronics and Electrical from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Dr. Ichiro Aoki is one of our Co-founders and serves as indie’s President. He works closely with our executive team and the Board of Directors to create, update and manage execution of the Company’s strategies and technical roadmaps.
Prior to joining indie, he was a Co-founder, Board Member and Chief Architect of Axiom Microdevices, which was subsequently sold to Skyworks Solutions. Previously, he founded and served as co-CEO of PST Eletronica Ltd. in Brazil, which was later sold to Stoneridge, Inc.
Dr. Aoki, who is fluent in Japanese, Portuguese and English, has developed 35 patents worldwide and authored numerous IEEE papers, two of which have over 400 citations.
Dr. Aoki holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.
He serves as a California Institute of Technology Electrical Engineering Advisory Council Member and is also a California Institute of Technology Space-based Solar Power Project (SSPP) Scientific Advisory Board Member.
Ms. Diane Biagianti currently serves as senior vice president and general counsel for Glaukos Corporation, a publicly traded medical technology and pharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Glaukos in 2020, Ms. Biagianti was chief responsibility officer for nine years at Edwards Lifesciences, a global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease and critical care and surgical monitoring, responsible for global ethics and compliance, corporate sustainability and information security. Previously, she was with Advanced Medical Optics from 2002 to 2009, serving in various leadership positions, including as senior vice president and general counsel, and division vice president, legal section head upon Abbott Laboratories’ acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics in 2009 until 2011. Earlier, from 1997 to 2002, she served as vice president and assistant general counsel for Experian Information Solutions, Inc. She has also worked as a labor and employment attorney for O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a senior accountant for M.J. Seby & Associates, Ltd., CPAs.
Ms. Biagianti earned a juris doctorate from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona. She currently serves on the Audit and Governance Committees for Human Options, a non-profit organization supporting lives free from fear and domestic violence. From 2009 to 2021, she served as a board member and was Board President from 2019 to 2020 for this non-profit organization. She previously served as a member of the Orange County Bar Association Corporate Committee, and a board member of the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Ms. Biagianti is the recipient of PwC award for Leadership in the Advancement of Ethics in the medical device industry, the Orange County Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence award, and the Warren Christopher Values award.
Ms. Diane Brink is currently an Independent Director for Belden, a publicly traded provider of end-to-end signal transmission solutions, where she is chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Cybersecurity Committee. She is also a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Kellogg Markets and Customers Initiative, Northwestern University.
Prior to this, Ms. Brink served as IBM’s Chief Marketing Officer for Global Technology Services. Over her 35 year career with IBM, she held a variety of senior leadership positions including head of Worldwide Integrated Marketing Communications with responsibility for managing and promoting the IBM brand. She also was Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Americas, Vice President of Distribution Channels Management, Systems Group and General Manager, IBM Middle Markets, Midwest.
In addition to her public company board roles, she has board experience with nonprofit industry institutions including the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center (AERTC), and the Iona Preparatory School. Ms. Brink currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. She is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Ms. Brink holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from Fordham University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook University.
Mr. Peter Kight serves as a Senior Special Advisor to Thunder Bridge Acquisition II and is Chairman of the Board of Repay, an omnichannel payments technology provider. Previously, he was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of CheckFree, a provider of financial services technology, from 1981 until it was acquired by Fiserv in 2007. He also served as Director and Vice Chairman (2007 to 2010) of Fiserv until 2012. Prior to this, he was Co-Chairman, Managing Partner and Senior Advisor at Comvest Partners.
Mr. Kight has previously served on the Board of Directors for several public companies including Blackbaud, a supplier of software and services specifically designed for nonprofit organizations; Huntington Bancshares, a regional bank holding company; Akamai Technologies, a distributor of computing solutions and services; and Manhattan Associates, a provider of supply chain planning and execution solutions.
Mr. Kight is currently a Board Member of Bill.com Holdings, Inc., a provider of software that digitizes and automates back-office financial operations, and holds more than a dozen patents and publications for electronic banking and payment systems.
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann is the CEO and Founder of KTN Investment and Consulting, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to this, he held a management position at Canoo Inc., an electric vehicles company, where his responsibilities included technology and marketing.
He was previously Chairman of the Board and President at Opel, served as Executive Vice President and President of Europe for General Motors and was a member of GM’s Executive Committee. He was also with Volkswagen AG, where he was CEO and Vice President of Volkswagen Group China in Beijing. Prior to that, Dr. Neumann held a number of management positions at Volkswagen, including Head of Research and Director of Electronics Strategy. In addition, he was a member of the Executive Board at Continental AG responsible for the Automotive Systems Division. From 2008 to 2009, he was Chairman of the Executive Board of Continental AG and later returned to Volkswagen AG with company-wide responsibility for electric propulsion.
He holds a Ph.D. in Microelectronics from the University of Duisburg, Germany, as well as a diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dortmund, Germany.
Dr. Neumann serves on the Board of Directors of South Korea based Hyundai-Mobis.
Mr. Owens is a retired automotive executive. He spent over 40 years at Delphi in a variety of technology, engineering and operating leadership roles, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and CTO of Delphi Automotive PLC until his retirement in 2017. During his career at Delphi, he also served as President of Delphi’s Electronics and Safety Division and President of Delphi Asia Pacific.
Mr. Owens received a Master’s in Business Administration from Ball State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering from Kettering University. He has also completed the Global Executive Program from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a Corporate Governance Program from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
He is a Board Member of Rogers Corporation and previously served on the Board of Cypress Semiconductor. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Kettering University, and was a past Chair.
Ms. Sonalee Parekh is Chief Financial Officer for RingCentral and is responsible for all the company’s financial functions including financial planning, controllership, tax, treasury, and investor relations.
Ms. Parekh has more than 25 years of global capital markets and operational experience in the high growth Technology, Media, Telecommunications and Consumer Internet industries, both as an advisor and senior executive. Prior to joining RingCentral, Parekh was CFO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Communication Technology Group, and Senior Vice President of Finance, Strategy and Corporate Development, as well as Investor Relations. Her responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, business integration and performance management.
Prior to working at HPE, Ms. Parekh held several senior leadership roles at global investment banks, including Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs and Jefferies. There she advised private and public companies on a variety of transactions including M&A, capital structuring, joint ventures, private placement, as well as on business development and strategic growth initiatives at the board level. She is a public accounting alumna of PwC, having worked at the firm in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Ms. Parekh is also Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Perella Weinberg Forward Acquisition Corporation, which invests in female founded companies.
Ms. Parekh is a fierce diversity, equity and inclusion champion and is a frequent speaker at Women in Technology events. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from McGill University and holds a Chartered Accountancy designation.