Keith Witek joins RISC-V leader to lead business/corporate development and run all legal affairs
SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 2, 2018 -- SiFive, the leading provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP, today announced the appointment of Keith Witek as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel.
"SiFive is creating and driving new technologies and business models to ensure that everyone has affordable access to RISC-V component and system development capabilities," said Witek. "I'm excited to be a part of this team, as we continue to collaborate extensively across a wide range of technology partners, market segments and geographies."
Witek brings 30 years of technology, strategy, legal, operations and business experience to SiFive. He holds more than 30 patents in semiconductor and related technologies, and has worked on or led notable projects including the formation and execution of Tesla's custom development ecosystem for autopilot solutions, auto communications systems, and other Tesla strategic programs; the ATI and Global Foundries M&A transactions for AMD; and the transfer of technology into joint partnerships and ventures in China, Russia and other countries. During his time at Motorola, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, AMD and Tesla, Witek led legal, business development, corporate development, engineering and strategy teams to drive multinational, strategic programs.
"It is a great pleasure and honor that Keith has joined the SiFive team," said Naveed Sherwani, SiFive CEO. "Our rapidly growing company can greatly benefit from his insights, wisdom and years of experience in technology disruptors to become global industry leaders."
Witek holds bachelors' degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds a juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
SiFive is the leading provider of market-ready processor core IP, development tools and silicon solutions based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. Led by a team of seasoned silicon executives and the RISC-V inventors, SiFive helps SoC designers reduce time-to-market and realize cost savings with customized, open-architecture processor cores, and democratizes access to optimized silicon by enabling system designers in all market verticals to build customized RISC-V based semiconductors. SiFive is located in Silicon Valley and has backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, Spark Capital, Osage University Partners, Chengwei, Huami, SK Hynix, Intel Capital, and Western Digital. For more information, visit www.sifive.com.