Dr. Walden C. Rhines
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mentor Graphics Corporation

Walden C. Rhines is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation with revenue of $1.1 billion in 2012. During his tenure at Mentor Graphics, revenue has more than tripled and Mentor has grown as the industry’s number one in four of the ten largest product segments of the EDA industry by market share.

Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Dr. Rhines was Executive Vice President of Texas Instruments’ Semiconductor Group, where he supervised the development of the first TI speech synthesis devices (used in “Speak & Spell”) and is co-inventor of the GaN blue-violet light emitting diode (now important for DVD players and low energy lighting). Dr. Rhines has served five terms as Chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium and is currently serving as co-vice-chairman. He is also a board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation and First Growth Family & Children Charities. He has previously served as chairman of the Semiconductor Technical Advisory Committee of the Department of Commerce; executive committee member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Open Systems; and board member of the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (CBEMA), SEMI-Sematech/SISA, Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC), University of Michigan National Advisory Council, Lewis and Clark College and SEMATECH.

Dr. Rhines holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, a master of business administration from Southern Methodist University and an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Nottingham Trent University.