Rockell N. Hankin
Rockell N. Hankin is Chairman of the Board of Semtech Corporation [www.semtech.com], an analog semiconductor company (Nasdaq) and a member of the board of Hoya Photonics [lasers], a U.S. subsidiary of Hoya Corporation. Mr. Hankin is Vice-Chairman of the Board of The Kavli Foundation.
Mr. Hankin previously was chairman of the board of House of Fabrics (Nasdaq) before it merged with FabriCenters of America. He also served on the boards of DDL Electronics, Inc. (NYSE); SPARTA, Inc, an employee owned, SEC reporting defense contractor before its acquisition by Cobham; Nichols Institute (ASE), before it merged with Corning; Quidel Corporation (Nasdaq); Techniclone (Nasdaq); Alpha Microsystems (Nasdaq); a U.S. subsidiary of a publicly traded Japanese corporation; Hoya Corporation USA; UVDI [private - ultraviolet devices]; Concentric Energy Corp., [private- development stage uranium exploration and development company]; SBA Materials [engineered materials] in which he is a principal investor, and five other privately held companies: Advanced Bionics Corporation, Kavlico Corporation, La Victoria Foods, Inc., Orthomedics, and VTEK, prior to their being sold. Mr. Hankin was a member of the National Board of Advisors of The Executive Committee, an organization of chief executive officers. Mr. Hankin has chaired and served on all board committees and has been designated financial expert on the audit committees he served.
Mr. Hankin was an adjunct faculty member of USC’s School of Law in 2004 and 2005 teaching a joint course he co-created to graduate business school and law students regarding governance and other lessons learned from the Enron Era; he continues as a guest lecturer. From 1986 to 1998 Mr. Hankin was an adjunct faculty member of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught a graduate course in business strategy and planning as part of the school's entrepreneurship course of study. He previously held a lectureship position at UCLA's extension university as well as an associate professorship at California State University, Northridge. Mr. Hankin has presented regularly on corporate governance issues at the Duke Capital Markets Director’s Education Institute, UCLA’s Director Certification Program, University of Maryland’s Directors’ Institute and various other corporate governance programs.
Mr. Hankin was a member [2002-2007] of The Irving Team, led by District Judge J. Lawrence Irving (ret.) providing advisory representation to the Regents of the University of California with respect to their claims in Enron, WorldCom, Dynegy, and AOL/TimeWarner.
Mr. Hankin practiced for 18 years in the international accounting and consulting firm of Price Waterhouse, where he became a general partner in 1978 and managing partner of the Warner Center, Los Angeles, office in 1982. Thereafter, as founder and chief executive of Hankin Investment Banking and its affiliate Hankin & Co., a consulting firm, established in 1986, he supervised and led the activities of the firms. Hankin Investment Banking represented buyers and sellers of businesses and accomplished institutional financing for its clients. Hankin & Co. provided a range of strategic consulting services including expert consulting, analysis and testimony in complex business litigation. Mr. Hankin invests privately in and manages operating companies for his family and others.
Mr. Hankin received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (cum laude) from UCLA (1968) and his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Blackstone School of Law. He is a Certified Public Accountant [inactive] and Member of the Bar, in the State of California.