Papken S. Der Torossian
Papken S. Der Torossian is a humanitarian and statesman in the semiconductor industry. Presently, Mr. Der Torossian is CEO of Crest Enterprises LLC, an investment and advisory firm. He is also an Executive Chairman of Golden Gate Capital for the technology portfolio, Board member and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Parker Vision, Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Therma-Wave, Inc. Previously, he was CEO of Silicon Valley Group, Inc. (SVG), which was acquired by ASML. He was President of the Silicon Valley Art Council for 10 years. Mr. Der Torossian has served on the board of numerous public and private companies, which he has helped sell or joint venture. Formerly, Mr. Der Torossian was President at ECS Microsystems and President of the Santa Cruz Division of Plantronics, where he also served as Vice President of its Telephone Products Group. Prior to that, he spent four years at Spectra-Physics and twelve years with Hewlett-Packard in a variety of management positions. Mr. Der Torossian was presented the 1999 EHS Leadership Award from PIBA (Pacific Industrial & Business Association) and SVMG (Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group). He received the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” on May 21, 1996, an award honoring individuals who immigrated to the United States and demonstrated outstanding humanitarian excellence as a U.S. citizen. He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.