Chief Executive Officer
Jason Rhode, Ph.D., was named president and chief executive officer in May 2007. In 2020, John Forsyth was named as the company’s president, with Rhode remaining as its chief executive officer. Previously, Dr. Rhode served as vice president and general manager of Cirrus Logic’s Mixed-Signal Audio Division, where he oversaw the revitalization of Cirrus Logic’s strong portfolio of analog and mixed-signal converter ICs for consumer and professional audio markets. Previously, Rhode served as director of marketing for analog and mixed-signal products.
Rhode joined Cirrus Logic upon completion of his doctorate degree in 1995 from North Carolina State University, serving as an analog design engineer. Rhode assumed roles as design manager in 1998 and became director of Marketing in 2002.
A member of IEEE, Jason has been issued 19 U.S. patents in the area of mixed-signal technologies.
In addition to his doctorate degree, Rhode holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from San Diego State University.
John Forsyth was named president of Cirrus Logic in January 2020. Previously, Forsyth served as chief strategy officer, responsible for driving Cirrus Logic’s product strategy, as well as vice president of Marketing, responsible for building and leading Cirrus Logic’s team focusing on voice biometrics. Forsyth joined Cirrus Logic in 2014 through the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics, where he served as vice president of Audio Products. Forsyth began his career working in handheld device development for Psion in London and has more than 20 years’ experience in embedded technology. Prior to joining Wolfson in 2012, Forsyth had led product development and strategy in several technology companies, including serving as chief technical officer of the Symbian Foundation and as vice president of strategy at Symbian Software.
Forsyth graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1995.
Vice President, Mixed-Signal Products
Carl Alberty is vice president of Cirrus Logic’s Mixed-Signal Products group, overseeing development of the company’s analog and mixed-signal products, such as smart codecs and boosted amplifiers, which are used in a wide variety of mobile, consumer and automotive applications. Alberty joined Cirrus Logic in 1999 in an engineering role supporting audio products and has worked in various audio product marketing leadership roles, leading up to his most recent position as vice president of Marketing for audio products. Under Alberty’s leadership Cirrus Logic established itself as the worldwide market leader in portable audio ICs for applications such as smartphones, tablets, wearables and Bluetooth speakers.
Alberty earned a bachelor’s degree in music engineering from the University of Miami in Florida.
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Scott Anderson is senior vice president of Cirrus Logic’s Supply Chain. Anderson, who previously served as senior vice president and general manager of the Mixed-Signal Audio Division, joined Cirrus Logic in October 2007 after having previously served as the president and chief operating officer of Freescale Semiconductor and as president and chief executive officer of Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector (2003-2005).
Anderson began his career in Motorola SPS in Austin in 1978 as a microprocessor product engineer and served in a variety of engineering and management positions. In 1991, he was appointed vice president and general manager of the Customer Specified Integrated Circuits Division and in 1996 moved to Japan as the managing director of the Semiconductor Products Division and as deputy general manager of Nippon Motorola Ltd. From 1999 to 2003, Anderson served as the general manager of the Transportation and Standard Products Group. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Vice President, Research and Development
Jeff Baumgartner, who most recently served as vice president of Engineering for the company’s Mixed-Signal Audio Division, began his career at Cirrus Logic in 1998 as a design engineer. After serving in a variety of engineering roles, in 2006 he began his career in engineering management, holding various engineering management R&D leadership positions, including key strategic management roles leading the rapid development of the company’s engineering teams.
Prior to joining Cirrus Logic, Baumgartner served as an analog mixed-signal designer at Hughes Missile Systems Company in Arizona. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1996.
Jo-Dee M. Benson
Vice President and Chief Culture Officer
Jo-Dee Benson serves as the leader of Cirrus Logic’s Corporate Communications and Human Resources organization. In her combined roles, Ms. Benson oversees Cirrus Logic’s external marketing communications functions, such as brand management, public relations and web-based marketing, as well as Cirrus Logic’s Human Resources programs for alignment of strategic corporate business programs with employee development and services.
Ms. Benson joined Cirrus Logic in 1995 as director of Marketing Communications and has 20 years of industry experience in leading successful integrated communications programs. Prior to joining Cirrus Logic, Ms. Benson served as vice president of Marketing Communications with Vectris Telecom. Ms. Benson has also served such other companies as Genlyte, Inc., Peyton & Associates public relations firm and St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Madison, Wis.
Ms. Benson obtained a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Andy Brannan joined Cirrus Logic after the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics where he was chief commercial officer for the previous five years. Immediately before joining Wolfson, Brannan served as a board member and executive vice president of Sales and Customer Operations at Symbian Software Limited. During his eight year tenure at Symbian, he led OS licensing, strategic partner management and a profitable Symbian Professional Services business. In the 10 years prior to joining Symbian, he held senior European management positions at Diamond Multimedia and Hewlett-Packard.
Brannan studied Electronic Engineering at Bristol Polytechnic (now University of the West of England), having previously graduated as an Engineering Officer from the College of Maritime Studies in Southampton, England.
Thurman K. Case
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance
Thurman K. Case, vice president of Finance, was appointed chief financial officer in February 2007.
Mr. Case joined Cirrus Logic in 2000 and has served in a variety of executive financial management positions. He has more than 23 years of experience in finance at several companies and organizations, including Case Associates Inc., where he provided consultant services to several companies, including Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Mr. Case was also previously employed by ValueRx/Diagnostek Inc. and Public Service of New Mexico Electric Gas Company.
Mr. Case received a bachelor of economics degree and a masters of business administration from New Mexico State University.
Vice President, Engineering Operations
Justin Dougherty is vice president of Engineering Operations, overseeing the company’s Product and Test Engineering, Validation, Quality, Silicon Technology and Assembly Technology organizations. Dougherty, who has more than 20 years of experience in product engineering, application and management in mixed-signal and RF semiconductors, joined Cirrus Logic in 2013 after having previously served as director of Applications and Systems Engineering at Javelin Semiconductor from 2008 to 2013. Prior to Javelin, he held various product engineering roles at Silicon Labs and Advanced Micro Devices.
Dougherty received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, where he graduated with honors.
Vice President, Cirrus Logic International
Allan Hughes joined Cirrus Logic in August 2014 after the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. Hughes joined Wolfson in March 2009 as vice president of Marketing and Applications. In 2013, he assumed the role of chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Wolfson, Hughes had many years of senior management experience at Motorola and Chartered Semiconductor in both the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries.
Hughes holds a bachelor of science degree in technology and business studies from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Gregory Scott Thomas
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Scott Thomas came to Cirrus Logic as vice president and associate general counsel in January 2001. He assumed the role of general counsel and corporate secretary in December 2003. Currently, Mr. Thomas manages Cirrus Logic’s legal department and advises the company on a wide range of legal and business issues, including intellectual property matters.
Mr. Thomas combines more than two decades of legal experience with an understanding of the engineering world derived from his four years as an engineer at Texas Instruments and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mr. Thomas also has a strong background in intellectual property law and litigation. In the mid-to-late 1990s, he served as an intellectual property attorney at Arnold, White & Durkee, specializing in complex technology-related litigation for corporate clients such as 3M, Adtran and Ericsson. In 2000, Mr. Thomas went to Thompson & Knight in Austin, Texas, to help establish the company’s new intellectual property section. During that time, he began consulting with Cirrus Logic.
Mr. Thomas has a J.D. degree from The University of Texas School of Law, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rice University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.