Dado Banatao is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ikanos Communications and the Managing Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. With his past experiences as an entrepreneur, Dado provides Tallwood with a unique perspective in technology investments. Tallwood invests in unique and hard-to-do semiconductor technology solutions for computing, communication, and consumer platforms. Dado holds a B.S.E.E., cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Cohenour joined the Ikanos board of directors in February 2014. Since 2005, Cohenour has served as President and CEO of Sierra Wireless, Inc. He is a wireless industry veteran and widely acknowledged for leading Sierra to its dominant position in wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Active in the development of the wireless data industry since 1988, Jason was previously Regional Vice President with Ram Mobile Data. Jason began his wireless career in 1988 with Motorola’s Mobile Data Division, where he helped establish Motorola as a leading provider of wireless data solutions. His background and experience will be important as Ikanos continues to develop its next generation solutions. Cohenour holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.
Faizullabhoy has more than 16 years of venture capital investment, management, technical and marketing experience, specializing in the semiconductor and communications industries. He is an independent consultant providing operational, financial, and strategic advice. Previously, Faizullabhoy was the President and CEO of BroadLogic, where he provided breadth and depth of running an early stage semiconductor company through his experience as a vice president general manager at Adaptec and experience as a venture capitalist at Walden International. Faizullabhoy joined Walden International in 1998 as a General Partner. Prior to joining Walden International, Faizullabhoy was vice president and general manager of Adaptec Inc., where he was responsible for strategic planning, marketing, and business development of semiconductor peripheral hard disk, target silicon and firmware solutions. Previously, Faizullabhoy was a design engineer with Production Automation. Portfolio companies where Faizullabhoy is or has been a member of the board of directors include BroadLogic Inc., Scenix Semiconductor, Inc., Morphics, Inc., GooBoo Inc. and other portfolio companies of Walden International. Faizullabhoy received his MBA in finance and marketing from Santa Clara University, California, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, with a Computer Science minor, from Norwich University, Vermont.
Lax has a distinguished background with some of the world’s largest telecommunications companies spanning some 30 years with Tekelec, Lucent Technologies, AT&T and Bell Laboratories. With a Masters Degree from MIT in Massachusetts, Lax has significant experience in switch systems technology and development, and has worked at a global level on providing advanced telecommunications solutions and managing growth in over 100 countries including regions as diverse as China, Latin America and the Middle East. Most recently, Lax was CEO and president of Tekelec, a leading developer of next-generation switching and signaling telecommunications network performance management technology, and value-added applications. Lax oversaw Tekelec’s growth strategy as it expanded its telecommunications product portfolio, strengthened its competitive position and successfully expanded its global presence including through the acquisition of several private companies.
George Pavlov is a General Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital and has been working with the firm since its founding in 2000. In addition to serving as an operational advisor across all of Tallwood’s business verticals, Pavlov is also responsible for initiating, structuring and managing investments for the firm. Pavlov joined Tallwood from eTime Capital where he served as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to eTime Capital, he previously served as a General Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Mayfield Fund, a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Blum Capital Partners, as well as several financial and sales management positions at NeXT Computer. In addition to Ikanos, Pavlov currently serves on the boards of directors of Astute Networks, Audience, Calypto and Quintic. Pavlov holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Boston College.
Smaha joins the Ikanos board of directors in April 2010 with over 30 years of semiconductor industry experience. Smaha’s distinguished background includes service as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Semiconductor Group of National Semiconductor Corporation as well as other senior level roles at National Semiconductor; and a variety of senior and executive level positions at Fairchild Semiconductor and Raytheon Semiconductor. Most recently, Smaha served as one of SiRF’s directors from October 2000 to June 2009. Upon retiring in 1989, Smaha served as an independent consultant to S3 and interWAVE Communications International Ltd., a telecommunications company. Smaha holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Maine.
Mr. Tahernia is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ikanos Communications, Inc. He has over 28 years of experience in leading global high technology organizations and businesses providing systems and semiconductor solutions – both in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Tahernia served as President and CEO of Tilera Corporation, a leading multicore privately held company. During his tenure at Tilera, he led the company through its market emergence and drove the company business and product strategy while growing revenue in core market segments of Networking, Security, Multimedia, and Cloud Computing. Prior to Tilera, Mr. Tahernia spent three years at Xilinx, where he was Vice President and General Manager of a newly created DSP Division and later served as Vice President and General Manager of the Processing Solutions Group consisting of DSP, Embedded Processing, and IP Divisions. Prior to Xilinx, Tahernia spent 21 years at Motorola in both the equipment and semiconductor segments. He held a variety of positions at Motorola including running a nearly $1 billion wireless chipset business in the company’s Semiconductor unit, as Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless and Mobile Systems Division. Mr. Tahernia holds more than ten U.S. patents, a B.S.E.E. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and an M.S.E.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology.