Toshiharu Ban joined America II as a representative of the Japan office in August 2007, with more than 19 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. His experience comes from having sales, FAE, marketing, business development and management positions within franchise distribution companies.
As a business development manager in 1996, Mr. Ban established a liaison office in California to develop startups and obtain new line cards with one of the biggest Japanese domestic franchises. Prior to that, Mr. Ban served as the general manager of ASSPs and ASIC products at PALTEK, a well-known technical-oriented distributor. During his tenure at PALTEK, he added several new lines, which brought $20 million in additional annual revenue within a year. In 2005, Mr. Ban was on the board of directors at Spinnaker Systems, which is one of the group companies of PALTEK.