Ward Parkinson: Co-founder, Ovonyx. Co-founder, Micron Technology, Inc.
Parkinson has more than 30 years of experience in the IC memory business. In 1978, he co-founded Micron Technology and served as its first chairman and CEO through the company’s initial public offering phase in 1984. He led design, product, and manufacturing ramp-up programs for multiple generations of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM). Mr. Parkinson is a practicing attorney who specializes in IP law.
Parkinson is now the founder, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Ovonyx, Inc., a technology company that develops and optimizes manufacturing processes and PCM device structures that are compatible with existing commercial memory products. He has more than twenty years of experience in the IC memory business and is the author of numerous patents in the field of microelectronics.
Also a licensed attorney, Parkinson served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Canyon County, Idaho after finishing law school. He established and funded the Boise River Trail Foundation that built extensive bicycle sections and bridges along the Boise River and serves on the Board of Overseers for Chicago-Kent, the board of Blue Cross of Idaho and the engineering board of Utah State University.