Directors

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Executive Directors

  • Mike Hickey, CEO and Managing Director

    Mike Hickey

    CEO and Managing Director

    Committees: Treasury committee

    Mr Hickey was appointed to the Board on 8 September 2008 as Chief Executive Officer Designate and he became Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 January 2009. Mr Hickey joined Wolfson from Motorola, Inc., where from March 2005 he held various senior positions in Motorola’s mobile device business. Most recently he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Multimedia Product organisation, reporting directly to the Mobile Devices business president. Previous to Motorola he served as non-executive chairman of Incline Global Technology Services Ltd and, prior to this, Chief Executive Officer of Kymata Ltd, both private UK companies. Mr Hickey has also held senior positions at Alcatel Optronics, until the end of 2002, and during an earlier period (from 1993 to October 2000) at Motorola. Prior to this he worked for Digital Equipment Co. Ltd and Philips Ltd. Mr Hickey holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Electronics from Brunel University, London, and a DMS and an MBA from Portsmouth Business School. He is a member of the Institute of Management, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is a chartered engineer.

  • Mark Cubitt, CFO and Financial Director

    Mark Cubitt

    CFO and Financial Director

    Committees: Treasury committee

    Mr Cubitt joined the Board in January 2007 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director. Mr Cubitt was previously Vice President of Finance at Jacobs Engineering in the UK and Ireland. He was the Finance Director of Babtie Group from 2001 until the sale of the company to Jacobs Engineering in 2004, when he then took up a wider finance role within Jacobs. Before joining Babtie, Mr Cubitt was the Finance Director of Dawson International PLC, where he worked from 1996 until 2000. From 1988 to 1994, he held a number of finance posts in Christian Salvesen PLC and its then subsidiary Aggreko. Mr Cubitt is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Accountancy and Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University and was the chairman of the Scottish Finance Directors Discussion Group in 2010.

Non-executive Directors

  • Michael Ruettgers, Chairman

    Michael Ruettgers

    Chairman

    Committees: Nomination committee, Remuneration committee

    Mr Ruettgers joined the Board and became Chairman on 1 January 2008; he is also chairman of the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. Mr Ruettgers joined EMC Corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, in 1988 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1992 until January 2001, before becoming Executive Chairman and finally Chairman until 2005. Mr Ruettgers is the lead independent director at the Raytheon Company, also a New York Stock Exchange company. Mr Ruettgers also serves as a non-executive director at Gigamon, Inc and at a private company, the Orvis Company, Inc.

  • Ross Graham, Non-executive Director

    Ross Graham

    Non-executive Director

    Committees: Nomination committee, Treasury committee

    Mr Graham was appointed to the Board in September 2003 and serves as a non-executive director. From 20 September 2010 until June 2012, Mr Graham served as the Senior Independent Director, he was the chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee from September 2003 until 8 June 2012. Mr Graham stood down from these positions having served almost nine years as a non-executive director of the Company at that time thus being deemed as “not independent”, in terms of the UK Corporate Governance Code, but was asked by the Board to continue to serve as a non-executive director. Mr Graham remains a member of the Nomination and Treasury Committees. Mr Graham qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Young in 1969, and was made a partner of that firm in 1981. In 1987 Mr Graham joined Misys on its flotation as its Finance Director, becoming Corporate Development Director in 1998 and finally retiring from the Board at the end of 2003. Throughout his time at Misys he played a key role in developing and implementing its acquisition strategy. In July 2013, Mr Graham was appointed as chairman of Keywords Studios plc. Also, effective from July 2012, Mr Graham became chairman of Arithmetica Limited, a small private technology business. From 2005 to October 2012 (when the company was sold), Mr Graham held a non-executive directorship at Psion plc where he acted as the senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee.

  • Rob Eckelmann, Non-executive Director

    Rob Eckelmann

    Non-executive Director

    Committees: Nomination committee

    Mr Eckelmann joined the Board in November 2004 and is a member of the Nomination Committee. Mr Eckelmann served as a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees from 1 November 2004 until 31 October 2013. From 8 June 2012 until 31 October 2013, Mr Eckelmann was the Senior Independent Director. From 1988 to 2002 Mr Eckelmann was employed by Intel Corporation, where he launched its Asian business and was then Vice President and General Manager of the EMEA region. Before joining Intel in 1988, Mr Eckelmann served for six years at the US Department of Commerce responsible for high-tech trade policy and negotiations with Asia and the EU. Mr Eckelmann currently a non-executive directorship at the Midis Group and, until October 2012, he also held a non-executive directorship at Emulation & Verification Engineering.

  • Glenn Collinson, Non-executive Director

    Glenn Collinson

    Non-executive Director

    Committees: Audit committee, Nomination committee, Remuneration committee

    Mr Collinson was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2008 and serves as a non-executive director and is a member of the Audit Committee and is the chairman of the Company’s Remuneration Committee. On 8 June 2012, Mr Collinson became a member of the Company’s Nomination Committee. In 1998 Mr Collinson co-founded Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR plc) as a start-up project and was a member of the board of directors that managed the growth of CSR through its listing as a public company in 2004 and up until 2007, serving first as Marketing Director and then as Sales Director. Prior to CSR plc, Mr Collinson held positions including Senior Engineer and then Marketing Manager at Cambridge Consultants Ltd from 1996 to 1998 and held positions as a Design Engineer and Marketing Manager at Texas Instruments from 1989 to 1996. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and holds a B.Sc. in Physics and an M.Sc. in Electronics from Durham University, as well as an MBA from Cranfield University. Mr Collinson currently holds non-executive director positions at Inside Secure SA, at Solar Press Limited and at Neul Limited. Mr Collinson is also a trustee of the European Microelectronics Academy Employee Benefits Trust.

  • John Grant, Senior Independent Director

    John Grant

    Senior Independent Director

    Committees: Audit committee, Nomination committee, Remuneration committee, Treasury committee

    Mr Grant was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2011 and serves as a non-executive director. From 31 October 2013 Mr Grant is the Senior Independent Director. On 8 June 2012, Mr Grant became the chairman of the Audit Committee, having served as a member of that committee prior to that date. Mr Grant was also appointed, on 8 June 2012, as a member of the Company’s Remuneration and Nomination Committees as well as Chairman of the Treasury Committee. Mr Grant has held a number of senior positions within the Ford Motor Company in the USA and in Europe, including executive deputy chairman of Jaguar Cars and head of corporate strategy at Ford in the USA, where his career spanned some 25 years. In 1992, Mr Grant joined Lucas Industries plc (subsequently Lucas Varity plc) where he served as group finance director until 1996. Mr Grant was chief executive of Ascot plc from 1997 to 2000, and then from 2000 to 2004, he served as executive chairman of Hasgo Group Ltd. Mr Grant currently holds the positions of non-executive director of Melrose plc, Pace plc and of MHP S.A., in each case he also serves as chairman of their respective audit committees. He holds a BSc in Economics from Queen’s University of Belfast and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

  • Charlotta Ginman, Non-executive Director

    Charlotta Ginman

    Non-executive Director

    Committees: Audit committee, Nomination committee, Treasury committee

    Ms. Ginman was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2013 and serves as a non-executive director. Ms. Ginman has served in several senior executive roles within the global telecommunications and investment banking sectors. In 2004, Ms. Ginman joined Nokia Corporation where she held a number of positions, progressing from a business controller in the imaging business unit to serving as the director of finance and control of Nokia's service business. In this role, Ms. Ginman was responsible for the acquisition and integration of a number of companies. In 2009, Ms. Ginman was appointed as the chief financial officer of Vertu Corporation Ltd, the wholly owned luxury mobile phone division of Nokia. In 2011 she led the financial carve out of Vertu from Nokia and in 2012 the business was sold to a private equity group. Following a successful handover to the company's new owners, Ms. Ginman resigned from her post in order to pursue new opportunities. Before joining Nokia, Ms. Ginman held a number of senior roles in investment banking: with JP Morgan in Singapore and in London; and also with Deutsche Bank and UBS in London. Prior to that, from 1989 until 1994, Ms. Ginman was at Ernst & Young LLP. In February 2014, Ms. Ginman was appointed as non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Kromek Group plc. Ms. Ginman is a chartered accountant and holds an MSc in Finance and Investment from the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki.

Executive Management

  • Richard Laming, Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

    Richard Laming

    Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

    Dr Laming joined Wolfson in 2007 through the acquisition of Oligon Ltd where he was Co-Founder and Chief Executive. He then joined the executive team as Vice President of MEMS & Acoustics at the end of 2007. In 2009, Dr Laming became Chief Strategy Officer and, in 2013, he assumed the role of Chief Technical Officer. Previously, he co-founded Kymata which was acquired by Alcatel Optronics and where he became CEO of the UK arm. Prior to this, he was a Deputy Director at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Southampton University. Dr Laming holds a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University and a PhD in Electronics and Computer Science from Southampton University. He is a Chartered Engineer as well as Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET.

  • Andy Brannan, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

    Andy Brannan

    Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

    Mr Brannan, most recently Vice President of Nokia's SOSCO business (acquired through Nokia's acquisition of Symbian Ltd) joined Wolfson in July 2009, bringing over 17 years experience in global technology sales and marketing management. Prior to Nokia, Mr Brannan spent over eight years at Symbian Software Ltd, where he was Executive Vice President of Sales & Customer Operations and a board member. He was responsible for Symbian's global relationships with mobile device manufacturers and network operators and ran the professional services business delivering bespoke engineering services. While at Symbian Mr Brannan helped lead them to a 70% global market share, more than 200 design wins, shipment of over 200 million devices and two Queen's awards for innovation and international trade.

  • Allan Hughes, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

    Allan Hughes

    Chief Operating Officer (COO)

    Mr Hughes joined Wolfson in March 2009 as VP Marketing and Applications. In 2013 Mr Hughes took on the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer. He has many years of senior management experience in both the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries. He held a variety of senior positions in Freescale (previously Motorola Semiconductor) and was European General Manager at Chartered Semiconductor. Prior to joining Wolfson Mr Hughes was global product marketing director for multimedia phones at Motorola.

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