Management Team

Roy E. Jewell, CEO and President

Roy Jewell is the co-founder and president of PCS. Roy has more than 35 years of experience in the semiconductor and electronics design automation industry and most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Magma Design Automation. Roy led Magma to the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, and Magma was eventually acquired by Synopsys for $500 million in 2012. Prior to joining Magma, Roy served as an executive at EDA’s Avant! Roy was President and CEO of Technology Modeling Associates, which was listed on NASDAQ in 1996. Before joining TMA, he worked for Texas Instruments for more than eight years. Roy holds a BS and MA in Physics from the University of South Florida and an MS in Management and Administrative Sciences (Operations Research) from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Jim Flowers, COO

Jim Flowers is the co-founder and COO of PCS with extensive industry experience in semiconductor technology and electronics. He was the founder and CEO of Clarisay, a developer of surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters commonly used in RF applications. He previously founded Logix Consulting, a semiconductor company that provides customized SPICE model solutions and more than 1,500 SPICE models for production partners for their industry partners. Jim holds an MS degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a BS degree in physics and mathematics from Rice University.

Gregory Carl Walker, CAO

Gregory Walker is the Chief Administrative Officer of PCS. Before joining PCS, Mr. Walker served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for PDF Solutions. Mr. Walker served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of InnoPath Software from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Walker served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Magma Design Automation Inc. from 2002 to 2007. Earlier in his career, he held various financial management positions at technology companies such as Synopsys, Inc., Integrated Device Technology, Inc, International Business Machines Corporation, and Xerox Corporation. Mr. Walker earned an MBA from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and a BA degree in Economics and History from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Robert Young, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Robert Young is Chief Technology Officer of PCS, having joined PCS in 2019. In 1999, Robert co-founded Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) where he led the global IC design team as VP Chip Design. CSR developed the world’s first single-chip CMOS Bluetooth radio and shipped over 2 billion Bluetooth devices. In 2011, Robert co-founded Neul which developed wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things market. As VP of Engineering, he led the hardware development team and the overall system architecture. In 2014, Neul was acquired by Huawei, and Robert became CTO of the Huawei UK design center. At Huawei, he played a leading role in the development of the NB-IoT cellular connectivity standard within 3GPP, and he led the team that developed the world’s first production NB-IoT chip. He graduated from University of Cambridge with a first-class honors degree, with distinction, and subsequently a PhD in Digital Signal Processing.

John Molyneux, EVP of Field Operations

John Molyneux joined Palma Ceia SemiDesign in 2018, where he is responsible for Worldwide Field Operations, providing sales and support services to customers worldwide. John has over 30 years of senior and executive management experience in the semiconductor and EDA industries. Starting his career with Fairchild Semiconductor and LSI Logic, John also led the sales of Exemplar Logic, eventually acquired by Mentor Graphics for $200 million and successfully listing TransEDA on the London Stock Exchange. John also held executive positions at TSMC and served as vice president of global channel sales for Magma Design Automation, which was eventually acquired by Synopsys in 2012. John holds a BS in Physics and Mathematics from San Jose State University.

Kevin John Steptoe, EVP of Program Management

Kevin Steptoe recently joined PCS from Sondrel Ltd, where he was Chief Technical Officer 2018-2020 and Vice President of Engineering between 2010 and 2018. Prior to Sondrel, he was Vice President of Product Engineering for Magma Design Automation from 1999 to 2005.  Previously he also held executive positions at Avant! (Director of Engineering) and Pulsic Ltd (VP Marketing) and Cadence Design Systems (Director). He has a successful history in many smaller start-up operations. He is currently a visiting professor (previously Royal Academy of Engineering VP) to the University of York UK. He holds a BS degree in Electronic Engineering from The University of Essex UK.

Kevin Walsh, EVP, Strategic Marketing

Kevin Walsh is a senior marketing executive with more than 25 years of experience in Semiconductor, IP, and EDA. He has an extensive background in marketing, including strategic and tactical planning, mergers and acquisitions, setting up distribution channels and joint marketing partnerships. Kevin served as Vice President of Marketing and Director of Marketing at Gennum, Semtech, and inSilicon, Arasan Chip Systems, and Synopsys. He was Executive Vice President and a founder at Sapphire Design Automation. Kevin was also Vice President of Marketing at Simplex Solutions. He has degrees from the University of California Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he received a Bachelor of Science and from Pepperdine University, where he received his Masters of Business Administration.

Meng Wu, Director, Finance – China

Meng Wu joined PCS as finance director, managing financial operations in China. Meng has 13 years of consulting experience in the financial industry working with top investment banks, large asset managers, and commercial banks such as AMP Capital Investors, China Life Asset Management, Commonwealth Bank Australia, Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank, and Temasek Holdings. He holds Bachelor of Actuarial Study and Master of Applied Finance degrees from Macquarie University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics. Meng is an Australia CPA.