CEO interview: Ron Black takes the helm at Codasip

December 05, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
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Ron Black, formerly CEO with Rambus and Imagination Technologies, is the new CEO at RISC-V core IP licensor Codasip GmbH

As Black becomes CEO, Karel Masařík the company's founder and CEO/CTO moves on to become Codasip's president and responsible for advanced research and innovation. This will include such topics as graphics, AI and security, Black said.

Black has been with Codasip since March 2021 as executive chairman, during which time he has been building up its C-level suite of executives including the appointment of Rupert Baines as chief marketing officer, Brett Cline as chief revenue officer and Simon Bewick, as vice president of the UK R&D center.

Of his appointment as CEO Black said: "It was the plan from the beginning. Karel has done a fantastic job founding and scaling the company. He felt it was time to hand over." Following Black's transition to CEO, the company plans to appoint a non-executive chairman.

Codasip already employs just over 100 people at offices in Brno in the Czech Republic, Munich, Germany, and Sophia Antipolis, France, but with plans to employ another 100-plus engineers in the UK is the centre of gravity of the company moving?

"The HQ will remain in Munich. The European Union is incredibly supportive of innovation but the UK is a fantastic place to find engineers with processor design skills," said Black. "As well as Cambridge and Bristol we will probably open another office somewhere in the St Albans, Kings Langley area,' Black said. Kings Langley is home to graphics processor IP licensor Imagination Technologies Ltd. a former employer from which Black resigned in April 2020.

With aggressive expansion plans for Codasip it would appear that Black is leading a team in a hurry. Is there a race on to establish critical mass as a leading supplier of RISC-V processors?

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