Les Vadasz

Les was Executive Vice President and President of Intel Capital until his retirement in 2003. With Intel since 1968, Les was part of the founding management team of Andy Grove, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. He was a member of Intel’s Board of Directors from 1988 to 2002, and Director Emeritus until 2004. Prior to Intel, Les was with Fairchild Semiconductor (1964-68) and Transitron Electronics (1961-64). 

Les started working on MOS technology at Transitron, and then led the digital MOS technology sector at Fairchild R&D. At Intel, as Director of MOS Engineering, he led Silicon gate MOS technology development as well as memory and microprocessor products development. These technologies became the foundation of today’s semiconductor industry and were first manufactured in high volume by Intel. 

He has served as Member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council and was also a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee between 1997 and 2002. 

Les received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1961 from McGill University.  He completed AMP at Harvard Business School in 1990, is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and holds Honorary Doctor degrees from Sonoma State University and McGill University. He is on the Board of a number of Silicon Valley start-ups. 

Les was born in Hungary and left during the uprising in 1956.  Les and his wife Judy have lived in Sonoma since 1997. Today, philanthropic investments take up a significant part of their lives. Their focus can be defined in two words: “education” and “local.”  Les is currently a Board member of the Sonoma Valley Education Fund.

Other 2018 Authors & Speakers