Brainchip appoints new chairman of the board

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Brainchip Holdings Ltd, the world’s first commercial producer of neuromorphic Al chips and IP, has appointed Antonio J. Viana as Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Viana, who is currently a Brainchip non-executive director and chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, replaces Emmanuel Hernandez who is retiring and stepping down from the board.

Mr. Viana is a seasoned technology executive who has been a major contributor to Brainchip since coming onto the board in June of 2021. Mr. Viana has been instrumental in promoting and implementing new performance planning and measurement processes, as well as being the lead on the recruitment of Brainchip’s current CEO. Prior to coming to Brainchip, Mr. Viana held several senior executive positions at ARM Holdings including President and EVP of Commercial and Global development, Global Director of the ARM Foundry Program, and Executive VP of Worldwide Sales. Mr. Viana is currently a non-executive director of Arteris Inc, a leading provider of network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect and has been on their board since 2016.

“Antonio’s extensive knowledge of the semiconductor ecosystem and his demonstrated commitment to our continued growth and success are invaluable assets to Brainchip,” said CEO Sean Hehir. “As Chairman, in addition to supporting and driving shareholder interests, he will continue to help us catalyse our commercial focus and support the executive team to meet our market objectives.”

Mr. Hernandez has left the Board effective immediately, as he embarks on retirement after a remarkable career spanning 46 years. Mr. Hernandez has served on the Brainchip board since 2017. A search to add a new non-executive board member to replace Mr. Hernandez is underway.

“I am a strong believer and advocate for Brainchip’s neuromorphic approach to AI semiconductor design, and the market opportunity ahead,” said Mr. Viana. “I am honoured to work with this incredible team of professionals and look forward to the continuing journey of building Brainchip into a global technology market leader. On behalf of the board and company, we congratulate Manny on his incredible career, we thank him for his dedication to Brainchip and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

Brainchip deploys AI at the edge in a way that existing technologies cannot. The company’s tech is both high-performance and ultra-low power, enabling a range of capabilities including on-chip, in-device one-shot learning. Brainchip’s IP can be used in a wide range of applications from consumer electronics to industrial IoT to electric vehicles, and smart sensors that can detect and act on visual features, odours, taste, touch, and sound.


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