Deirdre Hanford

2020 Speaker
Deirdre Hanford

DEIRDRE HANFORD serves as the chief security officer for Synopsys. In this role, she works collaboratively to safeguard Synopsys. In addition, she leads efforts to drive industry awareness and enablement for secure design from software to silicon to support our business in EDA, IP and software integrity. She previously served as co-general manager of Synopsys’ Design Group, responsible for leading the development and deployment of our physical design, implementation, and analog/mixed-signal product lines. Deirdre has held a number of positions at Synopsys since joining the company in 1987, including leadership roles in customer engagement, applications engineering, sales, and marketing. In 2001, Deirdre was a recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award and the Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award. Ms. Hanford served as the chairman of American Electronics Association in 2008. She currently chairs Brown University’s engineering advisory committee and serves on the engineering advisory board for UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. Deirdre also serves on the board of directors of Cirrus Logic, Inc. She earned a B.S.E.E. from Brown University and an M.S.E.E. from UC Berkeley.

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