Management Team 

Visionary Leaders 

Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer
Since co-founding Synopsys in 1986, Dr. Aart de Geus has expanded Synopsys from a start-up synthesis enterprise to the world leader in electronic design automation. Dr. de Geus has long been considered one of the world's leading experts on logic synthesis and simulation, and frequently keynotes major conferences in Electronics and Design Automation. He is the recipient of numerous industry and community honors, including Electronic Business Magazine’s “CEO of the Year” (2002) and “Top 10 Most Influential Executives” (2005), the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal (2007), the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) "Spirit of the Valley" Lifetime Achievement Award” (2007), and the GSA “Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award” (2009). Dr. de Geus is active in the business community, serving on the Boards of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), Applied Materials, the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC). He is also heavily involved in education for the next generation, having created the Synopsys Outreach Foundation in 1999, which promotes project-based science and math learning throughout Silicon Valley.

Aart de Geus
 

President and co-Chief Executive Officer
As Synopsys’ co-CEO, Dr. Chi-Foon Chan shares responsibility for crafting vision and strategy, leading the company, and ensuring execution excellence in support of our customers’ success. As the company’s President and COO, a role Dr. Chan held for 14 years prior to his 2012 appointment to President and co-CEO, he guided internal operations and worldwide field organizations. Dr. Chan’s joined Synopsys in 1990 as Vice President of Applications and Services where he helped build the Technical Field organization. He has sponsored several key initiatives such as entering the IP market, and personally facilitated key acquisitions such as Avant!, Virage Logic, and most recently, Magma Design Automation.

Prior to Synopsys, Dr. Chan contributed to industry leading companies like NEC Corporation, where he was General Manager of the microprocessor group, responsible for marketing all NEC chip devices in North America. Prior to NEC, Dr. Chan was an engineering manager at Intel Corporation. He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University; and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Chi-Foon Chan
 

Chief Financial Officer
Brian Beattie joined Synopsys as Chief Financial Officer in January 2006, bringing over 25 years of financial operations and management experience to the company. Mr. Beattie is responsible for Finance, Information Technology and Business Operations. The Finance team includes the controllers group, Corporate Finance & Planning, treasury, internal audit, tax, M&A and investor relations.

Prior to joining Synopsys, Mr. Beattie served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration at SupportSoft since October 1999. He took the company from a start up to public entity in 2000 and was instrumental in growing the business from $6 million to more than $60 million in annual revenues during his tenure.

Mr. Beattie began his career at Nortel Networks Corporation where he served for 19 years in a number of financial and operational roles. Over the years he had increasing corporate responsibilities and rose to become the finance executive responsible for the company’s merger and acquisition strategy and previously was the group vice president of Nortel’s multi-billion dollar PBX business and had responsibility for manufacturing operations in the Enterprise business unit.

Mr. Beattie served on the board of directors of Unwired Planet (formerly Openwave Systems) from December 2010 to November 2012. He earned both his Bachelor of Commerce degree and MBA in International Finance and Management from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Brian Beattie
 

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Coverity
John Chilton is responsible for leading Coverity’s vision to improve software quality in order to help ensure mission-critical applications are built to deliver quality and withstand increasing security threats. Mr. Chilton has served in a variety of executive positions at Synopsys, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of Strategy and Business Development, and General Manager of Synopsys' IP, Professional Services, and System Level Design Businesses. Prior to Synopsys, Mr. Chilton served as CEO of Arkos Design, which was acquired by Synopsys in 1995, and Datalogic/EMS, an early producer of RFID technology. Mr. Chilton holds a B.S.E.E. from UCLA and an M.S.E.E. from USC.

John Chilton
 

Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities
People. Passion. Performance. This is the banner under which Jan Collinson leads Synopsys’ global Human Resources and Facilities/Real Estate professional teams, also known as TeamHR. Identifying the right talent—with that spark of curiosity and passion, capable of addressing the world’s toughest technical challenges—that’s TeamHR’s mission.

Ms. Collinson’s commitment to Synopsys has spanned two decades and resulted in three distinct careers: Facilities Management, Real Estate Management, and since 2003, Human Resources Management. Having joined Synopsys in 1990, Ms. Collinson has played key roles in talent strategy development, acquisition integration and deploying critical programs and processes in support of Synopsys employees (also known as “Synopsoids”) and their performance. She was honored to represent Synopsys as a recipient of a 2008 YWCA Twin Award.

Prior to joining Synopsys, Ms. Collinson enjoyed several roles in both start-up and established companies. She received a bachelor’s degree from California State University – Fresno (Go Bull Dogs!).

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Jan Collinson
 

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Design Group
Dr. Antun Domic serves as executive vice president and general manager of the Design Group at Synopsys, Inc. where he is responsible for leading the development of the company’s implementation and analog/mixed-signal product lines.

Prior to joining Synopsys in 1997, Dr. Domic worked at Cadence Design Systems; at the Microprocessor Group of Digital Equipment Corporation in Hudson, Mass.; and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratories in Lexington, Mass. Dr. Domic holds a BS from the University of Chile in Santiago, and a PhD in Mathematics from MIT.

Antun Domic
 

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Verification Group
Manoj Gandhi joined Synopsys with the company's merger with Viewlogic in December 1997. In his current position, Mr. Gandhi and his organization are responsible for Synopsys' verification solutions, including simulation, testbench automation, hybrid formal verification, and system level design. Mr. Gandhi has over 15 years of HDL simulation and verification experience having begun his EDA career at Gateway Design Automation in 1986. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Manoj Gandhi
 

Executive Vice President, Customer Engagement
Deirdre Hanford is Executive Vice President, Customer Engagement. In her current role, her organization's mission is to ensure the successful adoption of the company's technology into customers' demanding environments. In addition, Ms. Hanford oversees Synopsys’ engagements with its key customers and ecosystem partners. Ms. Hanford has held a variety of positions, including leadership roles in applications engineering, sales and marketing. Ms. Hanford earned a BSEE from Brown University and an MSEE from UC Berkeley. In 2001, Ms. Hanford was a recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award and the Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award. Ms. Hanford served as the Chairman of American Electronics Association in 2008. She currently chairs Brown University’s Engineering Advisory Committee and serves on the Engineering Advisory Board for UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering.

Deirdre Hanford
 

Senior Vice President, Design Group
Dr. Michael Jackson is a Senior Vice President in the Design Group at Synopsys, Inc. where he leads engineering for the company’s physical design products. Previously, he led engineering for the Logic Synthesis and Test Automation areas at Synopsys. Prior to joining Synopsys in 2002, Dr. Jackson led engineering for Avant!'s physical design and simulation product lines and led the design technology group at Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector. Dr. Jackson earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.

Michael Jackson
 

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Silicon Engineering Group
Dr. Howard Ko joined Synopsys in June 2002 and is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Silicon Engineering Group. He manages products and solutions that address semiconductor manufacturing technology needs. These solutions include TCAD, yield management, fracturing, and lithography. In his previous role as Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific, Dr. Ko built a continuously increasing revenue stream, improved Synopsys’ leadership position in the region, and increased collaboration with leading foundries. Before joining Synopsys, Dr. Ko served as Avant!’s executive operating officer since July 2001. Previously, he was general manager of Avant!’s mixed technology division and head of the system product line. Dr. Ko has also held senior management roles at Analogy, Inc. and Mentor Graphics. Dr. Ko received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University.

Howard Ko
 

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Solutions Group
Joachim Kunkel joined Synopsys in 1994 and is currently senior vice president and general manager of the Solutions Group. In that capacity, he manages the business unit responsible for Synopsys DesignWare® intellectual property (IP), FPGA implementation tools, and prototyping solutions. Before coming to Synopsys, Mr. Kunkel was co-founder of CADIS GmbH in Aachen, Germany. There, he served as managing director and performed myriad duties in engineering, sales and marketing. Before co-founding CADIS, Mr. Kunkel was a research assistant at the Aachen University of Technology, where he conducted research in system-level simulation techniques for digital signal processing, with special emphasis on parallel computing. Mr. Kunkel holds an MSEE degree, the Dipl.-Ing. der Nachrichtentechnik, from the Aachen University of Technology.

Joachim Kunkel
 

Senior Vice President, Design Group
Dr. Paul Lo is Senior Vice President Synopsys’ Design Group. He previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Analog/Mixed Signal Group from September 2006 to February 2014, and Vice President of Engineering, Implementation Group from November 2002 to September 2006, and Senior Vice President of International Strategy from June 2002 to November 2002. In June 2002, Dr. Lo joined Synopsys with the acquisition of Avant! Corporation, where he had served as President from July 2001 to June 2002, and had held a variety of positions including Chief Operating Officer, Head of Engineering, Head of Asia Engineering and key Architect in product development. Dr. Lo has also held positions at Cadence Design Systems, Quickturn Design Systems, and Hughes Aircraft Microelectronics Center. Dr. Lo holds a B.S.E.E. from the National Taiwan University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Paul Lo
 

Executive Vice President, Sales and Corporate Marketing
Joe Logan joined Synopsys in 2001 as head of sales for the North America East region. In his current position, he is responsible for the Worldwide Sales organization, which is focused on bringing the company's high value software tools, IP and design service solutions to market, and building strategic business relationships based on enabling our customers' success. Prior to Synopsys, Mr. Logan spent five years at Avant! Corporation where he was head of North American Sales and Support. Mr. Logan has over 20 years of engineering and sales experience in the EDA/electronics industry, and holds a BSEE (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Joseph Logan
 

Interim General Counsel
Erika Varga McEnroe manages and oversees all legal matters and corporate affairs for Synopsys and serves as Corporate Secretary. Ms. McEnroe joined Synopsys in April 2007 as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, responsible for corporate governance, public reporting, mergers and acquisitions, marketing-related legal matters and procurement. Prior to joining Synopsys, she served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at SupportSoft, Inc., where she took the company public in 2000. Prior to SupportSoft, she was Legal Counsel for Marimba, Inc. and an associate with the law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel. Ms. McEnroe began her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College in accounting and economics, as well as a Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Erika Varga McEnroe