Scott R. Simplot has served as our director since March 2005. Mr. Simplot has been Chairman of the board of directors and a director of J.R. Simplot Company since May 2001 and August 1970, respectively. Mr. Simplot has served as Manager of JRS Management, LLC, since September 2004, and General Partner to SRS Family Limited Partnership since January 1997. Mr. Simplot also serves as a director to various companies such as Bar-U-, Inc., Block 65 and 66 Master Association, Inc., Cal Ida Chemical Company, Censa of California, Inc., Claremont Realty Co., Glen Dale Farms, Inc., Potato Storage, Inc., Storage Partners I, Ltd., SMP, Inc., Three Creek Ranch Co., Camas, Inc., and Lattice Energy, LLC. Mr. Simplot holds a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Idaho and a masters in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Edward Kuan Hsiung Hsieh has served as a director since February 2012. Dr. Hsieh has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of each of VR Networks, Inc., a communications applications service provider company, and Eton Intelligent Technologies, Inc., a retailer of personal and notebook computers, since January 2000 and April 2000, respectively. From February 2007 to February 2010, Dr. Hsieh was Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific Telecom, a 3G mobile services operator, and Executive Director of Asia Pacific Online Services, an internet service provider, both based in Taiwan. Between 1996 and 2000, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Securities Ltd. Co., a securities brokerage and investment banking firm, and Chief Investment Executive for Pacific Group, a cable television and broadband operator. Previously, Dr. Hsieh worked in various engineering and research capacities at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, AT&T Bell Labs, Hughes Research Labs and TRW as well as in finance and investment at Merrill Lynch. Dr. Hsieh holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University and University of California, Santa Barbara, respectively, and a doctor of philosophy degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Cornell University. Our board has determined that Dr. Hsieh should serve as a director based on his finance and engineering background and his experience serving in senior management and as a director of companies in the finance and technology industries.
Dr. Jack Lau has served as our director since October 2010. Dr. Lau has been Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and director of Perception Digital Holdings Limited, a company that provides multimedia technology solutions which he co-founded, since January 1999. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prior to co-founding Perception, Dr. Lau was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Integrated Systems at Stanford University from 1995 to 1996. From 1996 to 1998, he was an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. Between 1988 and 1991, Dr. Lau worked at Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P., Schlumberger Limited and Integrated Information Technology, Inc. Between 1997 and 2000, Dr. Lau served on the board of directors of Orient Power Holding Limited and Yue Fung Development Co., Ltd. in Hong Kong. Dr. Lau holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree and executive master of business administration degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Arthur H. del Prado has served as a director since February 2013. He is Chairman of the Board of ASM Pacific Technology, Ltd., a company which he co-founded in 1975. In 1984, he co-founded ASM Lithography N.V. through a joint-venture with Phillips Electronics N.V. Mr. del Prado served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of ASM International from the time he founded that company in 1968 until his retirement from those capacities in 2008. He was appointed Honorary Chairman by the General Meeting of Shareholders in May 2008 and continues to serve ASM International as an advisor. For many years, Mr. del Prado served as a director of JESSI, the Joint European Submicron Silicon Initiative and currently serves as a director of its successor, MEDEA, the Micro Electronics Development for European Applications, a non-profit project. He has been appointed a member of the board of directors of various European companies and serves on the board of Dujat, the Netherlands-Japanese Trade Federation. Mr. del Prado is a past board member of: Oce van der Grinten Nederland B.V., a manufacturer of copiers and printers; G.T.I. Holding N.V., and electronic equipment and installation company; Delft Instruments N.V., a manufacturer of high-technology industrial and defense products; and Breevast N.V., a project development and management company. He was also on the advisory council of ABN-AMRO Bank.