Our Leadership Team

Tom Lacey
Interim CEO

Tom Lacey was named Interim Chief Executive Officer of Immersion on August 22, 2018. Before joining Immersion, Lacey served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Xperi Corporation (formerly Tessera; Nasdaq: XPER), a technology licensor in mobile computing and communications, memory and data storage, and 3-D integrated circuit technologies, from May 2013 to June 2017. Prior to that, Lacey served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Components Direct, a provider of cloud-based product lifecycle solutions, from May 2011 to April 2013 and as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (formerly NASDAQ: PTEC), a global provider of basic input-output software for personal computers, from February 2010 to February 2011. Lacey previously has held a number of senior leadership positions at Applied Materials, Inc., Flextronics International, and International Display Works, as well as various management and executive positions at Intel Corporation for 13 years, including Vice President Sales and Marketing, President of Intel Americas, and Vice President and General Manager, Flash Products. Lacey currently serves as a director of DSP Group (Nasdaq: DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, a position he has held since May 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Leavy School of Business at Santa Clara University.


Nancy Erba
Chief Financial Officer

Nancy Erba leads Immersion’s Finance and IT organizations. Prior to joining Immersion, she was Vice President of Finance, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis at Seagate, focusing on driving growth initiatives, analytics and resource planning as part of the global executive team. During her 22-year tenure with Seagate, Erba also held Vice President positions in Corporate Development, Business Operations and Planning, and Finance. As Vice President, Finance and Division CFO for Seagate’s Consumer Solutions Division, she built a global finance team that drove revenue planning for its $800M retail business. As Vice President Finance & Division CFO for Strategic Growth Initiatives, she directed all financial functions for their Cloud Systems and Solutions, Electronic Solutions and Mobility businesses, integrating M&A transactions valued at over $750M. Prior to joining Seagate, she was a Treasury Analyst at Borland International. Erba holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics from Smith College and an MBA from Baylor University.


Anne Marie Peters
General Counsel and
Senior Vice President
IP Licensing and
Legal Affairs

Amie Peters joined Immersion in December 2008. Previously, Peters was an associate, and then a corporate partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Prior to practicing law, Peters held positions in the diagnostic manufacturing field at Chiron Corporation. Peters holds a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley; an MBA from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis; and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law. Peters was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.


Hossam Bahlool
Vice President
Marketing

Hossam Bahlool leads Immersion's worldwide marketing organization, including product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing. Prior to joining Immersion, Bahlool led global product management and marketing at Telenav and was responsible for developing and executing the automotive product strategy and marketing vision. Prior to Telenav, Bahlool co-founded Jingu Apps, the first mobile messaging discovery platform, that was acquired by Rebellion Media. He has held leadership positions at various high tech companies including BlackBerry, Nortel, and the Canadian Space Agency. Bahlool holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Concordia University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from McMaster University.


Janice Passarello
Vice President
Human Resources

Janice Passarello joined Immersion in July 2007 and is responsible for all human resources strategies, programs, and services. Prior to joining Immersion, Passarello held human resources management positions at Harmonic, Microsoft, Trimble Navigation, and Quantum. Passarello holds a Bachelor’s degree in social science/human resources management from California Polytechnic State University and certifications in several human resources areas.


Chris Ullrich
Vice President
Technology

Chris Ullrich leads Immersion's User Experience and Engineering organizations and is responsible for ensuring that haptic products and technologies designed and developed at Immersion are highly valued by users, application developers, and OEM customers. A prolific inventor with more than 50 issued US patents and 90 pending in the areas of human-computer interfaces, virtual reality, algorithms, novel actuation methods, user interfaces and touch apps, Ullrich is a key driver of innovation at Immersion. Since joining Immersion in 2000, Ullrich has worked to develop and bring new technologies to market, managed software research and development in 3D, directed the medical simulation engineering team and led the design and development of next-generation surgical instruments. Prior to working at Immersion, Ullrich held several research and engineering roles at Virtual Technologies Inc. and Telesat Canada. Ullrich holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia and a B.Math from the University of Waterloo.


Sharon Holt
Chairman of the Board

Sharon Holt is a valued advisor to technology companies looking to optimize their intellectual property and licensing business strategy, customer engagements, and strategic partnerships. With over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, Holt brings a proven track record of developing business and partnerships with market-leading technology companies. From 2004-2012, Holt was a Senior Vice President at Rambus, a leading technology development and licensing company, where she rose to become General Manager of the $300M Semiconductor Business Group. She also led Rambus’ licensing, business development and marketing functions. During her tenure at Rambus she led her team through 2 successful license renewal cycles amid much turbulence on the legal front, and secured major new licensees, doubling the recurring revenue stream. Holt restructured the business to fuel future growth, bring more technology solutions to market, and reduce the dependence on legal outcomes. She drove new technology development through organic R&D, partnering, funded research, and acquisition, leading to new solutions in emerging memory technologies, imaging, and heterogeneous computing. From 1999-2004, Holt was an executive at Agilent Technologies in the Semiconductor Products Group (now Broadcom), where her last position was Vice President & General Manager of Americas Field Operations, overseeing sales and technical support operations for the $2B semiconductor business, including ASICs, ASSPs, optical and wireless ICs. Prior to that she ran sales operations focused on Agilent’s largest global customers. From 1986-1999, Holt worked at HP in Applications Engineering, Sales, and Distribution Channel Management for the Semiconductor Products Group. Holt graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.


Tom Lacey
Director

Tom Lacey joined Immersion's Board of Directors in 2018. With 30 years of experience in the industry, Lacey has a proven track record of successfully leading a diverse group of technology companies. He currently serves as a director of DSP Group (Nasdaq: DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, a position he has held since May 2012. From May 2013 to June 2017, Lacey served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Xperi Corporation (formerly Tessera; Nasdaq: XPER), a technology licensor in mobile computing and communications, memory and data storage, and 3-D integrated circuit technologies. Prior to that, he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Components Direct, a provider of cloud-based product lifecycle solutions, from May 2011 to April 2013 and as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (formerly NASDAQ: PTEC), a global provider of basic input-output software for personal computers, from February 2010 to February 2011. From September 2009 to February 2010, Lacey was the Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the SunFabTM Thin Film Solar Products group of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT). Lacey previously served as President of the Components Division at Flextronics International Ltd. (n/k/a Flex Ltd.)(NASDAQ: FLEX)(“Flextronics”), from 2006 to 2007. He joined Flextronics in connection with Flextronics' acquisition of International Display Works, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: IDWK). At International Display Works, Inc. Lacey served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, Lacey held various management and executive positions at Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) for 13 years, including Vice President, Sales and Marketing, President of Intel Americas, and Vice President and General Manager, Flash Products. Lacey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Leavy School of Business at Santa Clara University.


Kenneth Traub
Director

Kenneth H. Traub has served as a Managing Partner of Raging Capital Management, a diversified investment firm, since December 2015. From 2009 through 2015, Mr. Traub was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ethos Management LLC. From 1999 until its acquisition by JDS Uniphase Corp. (“JDSU”) in 2008, Mr. Traub served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Bank Note Holographics, Inc. (“ABNH”), a leading global supplier of optical security devices for the protection of documents and products against counterfeiting. Following the sale of ABNH, he served as Vice President of JDSU, a global leader in optical technologies and telecommunications. In 1994, Mr. Traub co-founded Voxware, Inc., a pioneer in voice over internet protocol communication technologies, and served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer through 1998. From 1989 to 1994, he served as Vice President of Trans-Resources, Inc., a multi-national holding company and investment manager. Mr. Traub previously served on the boards of directors of (i) Phoenix Technologies, Inc., a supplier of the basic input-output system for the personal computer industry, (ii) iPass, Inc., a provider of mobility services for Enterprises and Carriers, (iii) MIPS Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores, (iv) Xyratex Limited, a leading supplier of data storage technologies, (v) Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, a leading supplier of integrated circuit solutions for next-generation carrier and enterprise networks, (vi) Athersys, Inc., a biotechnology company, (vii) A. M. Castle & Co., a specialty metals company, (viii) IDW Media Holdings, a diversified media company, and (ix) MRV Communications, Inc., a provider of packet and optical communications network equipment, as Chairman of the Board.


David Sugishita
Director

David Sugishita joined the board in June 2010 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Sugishita has served as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Atmel Corporation since August 2006 and as a director of Atmel since February 2004. In addition, Sugishita is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Atmel. Previously he served on the board of directors of Micro Component Technology, Inc. from 1994 to 2009, Magma Design Automation from 2010 to 2011, and Ditech Networks, Inc. from 2003 to 2012. Sugishita is currently retired. During the past 40 years held various senior financial management positions with SONICblue Inc. (EVP/CFO), RightWorks (EVP/CFO), Synopsys (SVP/CFO), Actel (SVP/CFO), Micro Component Technology (SVP/CFO), Applied Materials (VP/ Corporate Controller) National Semiconductor (VP/Finance), Fairchild Camera & Instrument (Controller) and Intersil (Controller). Sugishita has a B.S. in Finance from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.


John Veschi
Director

John Veschi has been a member of the Immersion Board of Directors since February, 2015. In addition, Veschi is currently the CEO of Marquis Technologies, a full-service technology and IP consulting business. From 2011 to 2015, Veschi served as the Chief Executive Officer of Rockstar Consortium, where he was chartered with licensing intellectual property on behalf of Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony. Prior to Rockstar Consortium, Veschi was the Chief IP Officer at Nortel Networks, where he was responsible for managing Nortel’s global intellectual property assets. Veschi has also served as General Manager of the IP Business at LSI Corporation and Agere Systems. His prior intellectual property and legal work were at Lucent Technologies and Foley & Lardner. Veschi previously served as an officer in the US Army, and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, an MBA from George Washington University and a J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland.