Corporate Accounting Expert in the Semiconductor Industry

Case Description:

A corporate accounting expert with knowledge of the semiconductor industry was needed for a shareholder derivative suit. The plaintiff, a shareholder in a semiconductor company, alleged the defendant, the company's Chief Financial Officer, back-dated stock option grants. Plaintiff sued for breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

IMS ExpertServices was asked to locate a corporate accounting expert familiar with the semiconductor industry and with the high-tech industry's practice of granting stock options via a Committee of One in the Silicon Valley in the late 1990s. The expert was asked to address the role of a CFO at a semiconductor company and how a CFO makes materiality determinations.

Experts Presented:

  • Accounting

    This corporate accounting expert has more than 30 years of accounting and management experience, 15 of them in the semiconductors. Currently he's an independent consultant to the semiconductor industry; previously he held different executive positions at various semiconductor companies. He's served as CFO, controller, general manager, and division manager, as well as sitting on several Boards of Directors. As CFO of a publicly traded semiconductor company, this expert worked closely with the CEO and senior management to establish and implement policies, set strategic direction, and oversee financial decisions. Key tasks included accounting, investor relations, information technology, external reporting, and auditing, including materiality assessments.IMS Reference #5018228

  • Corporate Finance

    This corporate accounting expert has over 27 years of accounting and finance experience in the technology industry. He's served as Chief Financial Officer of several companies, including venture backed semiconductor and publicly traded software companies. He has more than 16 years of experience as a CFO and has served on the Board of Directors for several semiconductor firms as well. Currently he works as a consultant offering outsourced CFO and financial services including option planning and stock option administration. This expert holds a B.S. in economics and an M.B.A.IMS Reference #5018151

  • Compliance

    This expert in corporate accounting expert has more than 35 years of both public and private company experience in the areas of external financial reporting, SEC compliance, treasury and cash management, accounting and control, auditing and materiality, taxes, legal, contract administration, benefits and risk management. He's been the CFO of several companies including several semiconductor firms. He is very experienced in the process of issuing and accounting for stock option grants both pre- and post- Sarbanes-Oxley and has offered consulting services to public companies on Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.IMS Reference #5019692

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