Founders

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Jensen Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since its inception as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.

Starting out in PC graphics, NVIDIA helped build the gaming market into the largest entertainment industry in the world today. Its invention of the GPU in 1999 made possible real-time programmable shading, which defines modern computer graphics, and later revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.

Huang is a recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the Global Semiconductor Association in recognition of his exceptional contributions to driving the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities of the fabless semiconductor industry. He has received the Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California, an honorary doctorate from Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University, and the EB Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Oregon State University. He was named to the U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame when it was established in 2012. In 2017, Harvard Business Review ranked him No. 1 on its list of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs, and, in 2016, No. 1 in the U.S., over the lifetime of their tenure.

Prior to founding NVIDIA, Huang worked at LSI Logic and Advanced Micro Devices. He holds a BSEE degree from Oregon State University and an MSEE degree from Stanford University.

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Chris Malachowsky founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has more than 30 years of industry experience. He serves as a member of the executive staff and a senior technology executive for the company.

Malachowsky has been instrumental in managing, defining and driving the company’s core technologies as it has grown from a startup to the global leader in visual and parallel computing. As an executive at NVIDIA, he has led numerous functions, including IT, operations and all facets of the company’s product engineering. Most recently, he was responsible for NVIDIA’s world-class research organization, which is chartered with developing the strategic technologies that will help drive the company’s future growth and success.

Prior to NVIDIA, Malachowsky held engineering and technical leadership positions at HP and Sun Microsystems.

A recognized authority on integrated-circuit design and methodology, he has authored close to 40 patents. He holds a BSEE degree from the University of Florida and an MSCS degree from Santa Clara University. Both schools have honored Malachowsky with Distinguished Alumnus awards.

Malachowsky serves on the boards of the Computer History Museum and Hiller Aviation Museum, in Silicon Valley, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art & Technology Lab. Beyond his technical accomplishments, Malachowsky has also received an Emmy for a film he helped produce that won Best Documentary in 2009.

Company Officers

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Colette Kress is executive vice president and chief financial officer of NVIDIA. She joined the company in September 2013, after serving nearly 25 years in a range of finance roles at major technology companies.

She previously served for three years as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Cisco’s Business Technology and Operations Finance organization, where she was responsible for financial strategy, planning, reporting and business development for all business segments, engineering and operations.

Previously, she spent 13 years at Microsoft, including four years as chief financial officer of the Server and Tools division, and held senior roles in corporate planning and finance. Prior to that, she served at Texas Instruments in a variety of finance positions.

Kress holds a B.Sc. degree in finance from University of Arizona and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

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Jay Puri serves as executive vice president of worldwide field operations at NVIDIA, with responsibility for global sales and regional marketing of all NVIDIA products and services.

Puri joined NVIDIA in 2005 in his current role after a 22-year career at Sun Microsystems, where he held positions in sales, marketing and general management. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of Sun’s Asia-Pacific Group. Prior to that, he was vice president of worldwide sales for software and technology, president of Nihon Sun KK and vice president of worldwide product marketing. During his tenure, Sun grew from 25 employees and no revenue to 35,000 employees and $12 billion in revenue.

Previously, Puri held marketing, management consulting and product development positions at Hewlett-Packard Company, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Texas Instruments.

Puri holds a BSEE degree with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, an MSEE degree from the California Institute of Technology and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

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Debora Shoquist is executive vice president of operations at NVIDIA. She is responsible for the company’s IT, operations and supply chain functions. These include manufacturing product and test engineering; foundry operations; supplier/contract-manufacturing management; supply planning; logistics; facilities; and the company’s quality management system. She is also responsible for overseeing construction of the company's new $360-380 million building at its Santa Clara headquarters.

Shoquist joined NVIDIA in 2007 as senior vice president of operations and was named to her current role two years later. She has more than 15 years of executive experience in general management, manufacturing and operations, including plant management, engineering, information services, finance and human resources.

Shoquist served from 2004 to 2007 as executive vice president of operations at JDS Uniphase. From 2002 to 2004, she was senior vice president and general manager of the Electro-Optics business at Coherent, a manufacturer of commercial and scientific laser equipment. Previously, she spent 11 years in key executive roles at Quantum, including president of the Personal Computer Hard Disk Drive division, and 10 years at HP in various engineering and manufacturing management roles.

She holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a BS degree in biology from Santa Clara University.

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Tim Teter is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of NVIDIA. He joined the company in January 2017, after more than two decades at the law firm of Cooley LLP.

He was most recently partner at Cooley, where he focused on litigating patent and technology related matters. Previous to attending law school, he worked as an engineer at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company.

Teter holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Davis.