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Sequoia Communications - Press Release 3-3-2008

Sequoia Communications Expands Management Team with Two Promotions


Reza Kasnavi promoted to VP of product management, Duncan Pilgrim promoted to VP of marketing


SAN DIEGO – June 25, 2008 –Sequoia Communications, the RF semiconductor company setting new benchmarks in multimode design and integration, today announced two promotions – Reza Kasnavi has been named the company’s VP of product management and Duncan Pilgrim has assumed the role of VP of marketing.

“Both Reza and Duncan have demonstrated superior engineering expertise and business acumen during their time here, and their hard work has propelled Sequoia Communications into the next phase of expansion and growth,” said Dave Shepard, CEO of Sequoia Communications. “As Sequoia Communications’ technology continues to evolve, our team is very appreciative to have such talented industry veterans here to support the company and help take our efforts to the next level.”


Kasnavi, who previously served as director of product development, joined Sequoia Communications in 2005 and brings more than 11 years of expertise in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Sequoia Communications, Kasnavi was a Venture Partner at Tallwood Venture Capital. There he made contributions to several start-ups, which led to significant production volume of multiple products including the industry's only CMOS power amplifier for GSM handsets and InP-based IC's for OC-192/768 optical networking. Kasnavi also held positions at HP, IBM Microelectronics and Stanford University, where he earned masters and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering.


Pilgrim, who joined Sequoia Communications in 2007 as the director of product marketing, brings more than 14 years of RF engineering and marketing experience to Sequoia Communications. Previously, Pilgrim was a strategic marketing manager at RF Micro Devices (RFMD) where he was part of the team charged with developing long-term planning and strategy. Before his strategic marketing role at RFMD, he was a technical marketing manager responsible for creating product requirements and successfully developing relationships with customers and channel partners for RFMD’s cellular chipset business. He also held positions as an RF IC Designer and RF Applications Engineer at Mitel Semiconductors (formerly GEC Plessey Semiconductor). Pilgrim holds a masters degree from Wake Forest University.


To learn more about Kasnavi, Pilgrim and other members of the Sequoia Communications management team, please visit:


About Sequoia Communications

Privately-held Sequoia Communications is a fabless semiconductor company focusing on multimode RF solutions. The company uniquely integrates different modes using a common architecture on a single chip enabling effective communications across multiple wireless standards including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, GPS, WiMax and more. Single-chip RF transceivers developed using Sequoia Communications’ innovative approach and FullSpectra™ architecture will set new industry benchmarks in chip cost, component count, PCB size and power consumption. Sequoia Communications is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information, visit:  


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