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Steve Ahn

Background
Steve founded Leadis Technology, Inc. in May 2000 and served as CEO from its formation to November 2005. Under his leadership, Leadis rapidly became a leading manufacturer of display drivers for mobile devices. Leadis completed its initial public offering at NASDAQ in June 2004. From 1992 until founding Leadis, Steve held several senior positions at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in Korea, including Vice President and General Manager of the LCD Driver Division and Flash Memory Division both of which have eventually grown into multi-billion dollar businesses. Prior to serving in these positions, he was the Senior Manager of the Process Technology Team during which time his team played a major role in the successful development of the world's first 256Mb DRAM in 1994. Steve also worked as a research engineer at Sharp Corporation in Japan from 1989 to 1992 and as a member of the research staff at National Semiconductor Inc. from 1988 to 1989.

In 1994, he received the Grand Prize of the Samsung Group Technical Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of the next generation DRAM. Steve also has published over 60 technical papers.

Steve holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Seoul National University, an M.S. in Materials Science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

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