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Young Sohn’s Bio

Young Sohn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose passion is building businesses and

fostering emerging technologies that have the potential to transform the world for the

better. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of HARMAN and is a Founding

Managing Partner at Walden Catalyst Ventures. He most recently was Corporate

President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics, where he led strategy for

global innovation, investment, new business creation, and spearheaded the company’s

$8 billion acquisition of HARMAN.

Young served as CEO of two successful, public Silicon Valley companies and on the

boards of Arm, Cymer (ASML), and others. Under his leadership as CEO and board

member, he took PLX Technologies, Synnex Technologies, and Inphi public. He was

also a seed investor in some of the industry’s most innovative companies including

Berkeley Lights, Fungible, Zoom, Graphcore, and TTTech Auto.

Young co-founded the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), a global startup competition

inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also serves

as a senior advisor to the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is a member of the

board of directors at Cadence, and is an advisor for the University of California

Innovation Council.