Senior Commercialization Advisor
Mr. Person is a Senior Commercialization Advisor on the NobleReach Emerge team.
Prior to this current role, Mr. Person worked in the semiconductor industry for 35 years where he held leadership positions in manufacturing engineering and operations, product marketing, and corporate development. He served as Manufacturing Manager at Intergraph Corporation’s Advanced Processor Division where he was responsible for manufacturing engineering and production operations supporting the Clipper family of RISC microprocessors and memory system controllers.
At LSI Logic, he held Product Marketing Management positions with responsibility for developing and managing ASIC, mixed-signal IP, and advanced packaging product lines. Mr. Person subsequently led LSI Logic’s Corporate Development team with global responsibility for corporate venture capital investments and mergers & acquisitions (M&A). He also served as VP of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning at Virage Logic, Head of Corporate Development at Xilinx, where he was responsible for inorganic growth strategies, M&A, and Xilinx Ventures, and as Director of Corporate Development at Micron Technology. Between his tenures at Virage Logic and Xilinx, Mr. Person worked in investment banking at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, where he advised clients in the semiconductor industry on a range of strategic and operational topics.
Over the years, Mr. Person initiated and led equity investments in 28 semiconductor and software start-up companies, totaling approximately $80 million in deployed venture capital. He also served as a board observer and advisor to many of these companies. Additionally, Mr. Person acquired and integrated 14 companies with aggregate transaction values totaling around $2 billion.
Mr. Person started his career as a Field Engineer at Schlumberger where he provided wireline well logging and completion services to oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Mr. Person holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi. He previously served as an advisor on the University of Mississippi’s Engineering School Advisory Board.