Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Charles Liang founded Supermicro and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since our inception in September 1993. Mr. Liang has been developing server system architectures and technologies for the past two decades. From July 1991 to August 1993, Mr. Liang was President and Chief Design Engineer of Micro Center Computer Inc., a high-end motherboard design and manufacturing company. From January 1988 to April 1991, Mr. Liang was Senior Design Engineer and Project Leader for Chips & Technologies, Inc., a chipset technology company, and Suntek Information International Group, a system and software development company. Mr. Liang has been granted many server technology patents. Mr. Liang holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University of Science & Technology in Taiwan.
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Bauer was appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer on January 30, 2018. Mr. Bauer has previously served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy since January 2017. Prior to joining Supermicro, Mr. Bauer was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pericom Semiconductor Corporation from February 2014 until its sale to Diodes, Incorporated in November 2015 and, thereafter, assisted Diodes with the integration of Pericom until November 2016. Prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer of Exar Corporation from June 2009 through December 2012, Corporate Controller from August 2004 to June 2009 and Operations Controller from February 2001 to August 2005. Previously, Mr. Bauer was Operations Controller at WaferTech LLC (a subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited) from July 1997 to February 2001. Prior to WaferTech, he was at VLSI Technology for ten years where he held a variety of increasingly more senior finance roles culminating in his position as Director and Group Controller. Mr. Bauer received an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Business Administration from California Lutheran University.
Co-Founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Treasurer and Director
Chiu-Chu (Sara) Liu Liang co-founded Supermicro and has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Treasurer and a member of our board of directors since our inception in September 1993. From 1985 to 1993, Ms. Liang held finance and operational positions for several companies, including Micro Center Computer Inc. Ms. Liang holds a B.S. in Accounting from Providence University in Taiwan. Ms. Liang is married to Mr. Charles Liang.
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Don Clegg is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Don joined Supermicro in April of 2006 and over a period of 12 years, held a series of increasingly senior sales and marketing roles. Previously, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Worldwide Business Development for Supermicro. Don has 35+ years of direct experience in sales, marketing, product engineering and design. Don started his career as a Design Engineer and evolved from Engineer to Vice President of Sales and Marketing working at several established and startup Silicon Valley system and semiconductor companies including Chips and Technologies, OPTi, Tyan Computer Corporation and others. Don graduated with high honors from Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Senior Vice President of Operation
Mr. George Kao is the Senior Vice President of Operation in February 2018. George joined Supermicro in October 2016 as the Vice President of Operation. Previously, George has been Vice President of Operations of Pericom Semiconductor Corp. (later sold to Diodes in 2015) since October 2006. Mr. Kao served as a Chief Operating Officer of Orient Semiconductor Electronics Philippines, Inc., a subsidiary of Orient Semiconductor Electronics Ltd. since July 15, 2003. Mr. Kao joined Orient Semiconductor Electronics Philippines, Inc. from Santa Clara- based Foveon after a 20-year career in technology in the United States that began at National Semiconductor. Mr. Kao has over twenty years of experience working in the global technology industry. He serves as a Director of Orient Semiconductor Electronics Philippines Inc. He began his career at National Semiconductor in 1984 in the Bipolar logic group before moving through senior positions at Integrated Circuit Systems, Synaptics, and Altima (later sold to Broadcom in 2000). Mr. Kao holds a BSEE form California State Polytechnic University.