Philippe Lemaitre joined our board of directors in March 2009. From October 1999 to January 2007, Mr. Lemaitre served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Woodhead Industries, a publicly held automation and electrical products manufacturer. From October 1999 to September 2006, Mr. Lemaitre also served as a member of Woodhead Industries' board of directors, and was the Chairman of the Board from January 2001 through September 2006. Before joining Woodhead in 1999, Mr. Lemaitre held the position of Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AMP, Inc. and was responsible for the Computer and Telecom Business Group ($2.5 billion annual sales). Prior to joining AMP Inc., Mr. Lemaitre was employed by TRW, Inc. as Executive Vice President of TRW and General Manager of its Automotive Electronics Group ($1 billion annual sales). He previously held various management and research engineering positions with TRW, Inc., International Technegroup, Inc., General Electric and Engineering Systems International.
Since September 2007, Mr. Lemaitre has served as a director of Sun Hydraulics Corporation, (NASDAQ: SNHY) a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds for worldwide industrial and mobile markets, serving on its Audit and Nominating Committees and as the Chairman of its Compensation Committee.
Mr. Lemaitre holds a Master of Civil Engineering degree from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics, Paris, France, and a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Reza has served as president and chief executive officer of MFLEX since March 2008, having established a proven track record of leading the company as a senior executive. He was then named to the MFLEX board of directors in April 2008. Reza demonstrated strategic and operational leadership excellence as president and chief operating officer since 2004. He was appointed vice president and general manager in 2002.
Reza has proven himself to be an innovative and talented engineer throughout his tenure with the company. His strategic approach has played an instrumental role in the significant growth of MFLEX over the years, including the major expansion of the company's overseas manufacturing capacity.
Additionally, Reza led the company's ongoing strategic initiative to substantially diversify the MFLEX customer base across a broader range of leading electronics manufacturers. In fiscal 2007, four global manufacturers of portable handheld devices represent approximately 95 percent of the company's net sales. An impressive accomplishment considering that one key customer represented 86 percent of net sales in fiscal 2006.
Reza began his career at MFLEX in 1989, serving as engineering supervisor, application engineering manager, director of engineering, and telecommunications division manager.
He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Wichita State University and a masters of business administration from the University of California at Irvine.
Mr. Benjamin C. Duster, IV joined the MFLEX Board in 2012 and brings extensive strategic advisory experience to MFLEX. He currently serves on the boards of WBL Corporation Ltd., Accuride Corporation, Chorus Aviation and Netia, S.A. Mr. Duster is currently Executive Senior Advisor of Watermark Advisors, LLC, a US-based strategic advisory firm. Prior to this, Mr. Duster was with Masson & Company, LLC; Wachovia Securities; and Salomon Brothers, where he worked for over 16 years. Mr. Duster holds a joint Juris Doctor-MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in Economics from Yale College. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1985 (no longer active) and is a registered representative of the FINRA.
Linda Y. C. Lim, Ph.D., became a member of the board of directors in March 2008. Dr. Lim is a faculty member at the University of Michigan where she has been a professor of strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business since 2001. She is also the director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, a member of the executive committees of the Center for International Business Education, the Office of International Programs and the Center for Chinese Studies, and a faculty associate of the Center for Japanese Studies and the Center for South Asian Studies. Dr. Lim also has consulted for many organizations, including various U.S. companies, private think tanks, United Nations agencies and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Between January 1998 and August 2006, Dr. Lim was a director of NASDAQ listed Woodhead Industries, an industrial communications provider. She holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Cambridge University, a master of arts from Yale University in economics and a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan.
Donald Schwanz joined the MFLEX board of Directors in April 2008. In October 2007 Mr. Schwanz retired from CTS Corporation after serving as Chairman and CEO since 2001. CTS Corporation, (NYSE: CTS) is a global manufacturer of electronic components and sensors and provider of electronic manufacturing services for a wide variety of industries. Before joining CTS, Mr. Schwanz spent 20 years with Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) in a variety of management positions, including President of Honeywell's Industrial Controls business and before that as President of Honeywell's Space and Aviation Controls business. Mr. Schwanz also spent approximately 12 years with Sperry Univac before joining Honeywell.
Mr. Schwanz graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1968 he earned a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard's Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Schwanz is also a member of the board of directors for PNM Resources, Inc. (NYSE: PNM), a utility serving both regulated and unregulated markets in the southwestern portion of the U.S.
Mr. Roy Chee Keong Tan joined the MFLEX Board in 2012. Mr. Tan joined WBL Corporation Ltd (“WBL”), our majority stockholder, in 2006 and is presently serving as its Group General Manager, where his responsibilities include strategic development for WBL. Mr. Tan has more than 15 years' experience in operations management, business development and strategic planning. Before joining WBL, Mr. Tan held various positions in OCBC Bank, ST Electronics and PhillipCapital. Mr. Tan graduated from University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Mathematics; he also obtained a Master of Social Sciences (Applied Economics) and a Master of Science (Management of Technology) from the National University of Singapore. He is an FRM certified by Global Association of Risk Professionals, a CFA charterholder and a member of CFA Institute.
Sam Yau became a member of our board of directors in June 2004. Since 1997, Mr. Yau has been a private investor. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Yau served as Chief Executive Officer of National Education Corporation. From 1993 through 1994, Mr. Yau served as Chief Operating Officer of Advacare, Inc., a medical services company. Mr. Yau currently serves as a member of the board of directors of SRS Labs, Inc., a provider of audio and voice technology solutions, and New Horizons Worldwide, Inc., an independent information technology training company. Mr. Yau previously served as Chairman of the Forum for Corporate Directors in Orange County and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of California in Irvine. Mr. Yau holds a B.S.S. in economics from the University of Hong Kong and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.