Stanley Katz


Mr. Stanley Katz brings to Agilestar a distinguished career in high-technology, spanning more than 25 years in which he has served in executive engineering and marketing roles for companies including Motorola, National Semiconductor Corporation (NSC), Cadence Design Systems, and VLSI Technology.

At NSC, Stan held a series of executive roles for more than a decade, managing worldwide tactical and strategic marketing, and, on the technical side, overseeing applications engineering, operations management, and systems engineering functions. At NSC, Stan was responsible for the development of a $125M CMOS business line, including price management, market development, product planning, positioning and promotion.

Stan served as Vice-President of Business Operations for the start-up company before it was formally acquired by Cadence Design Systems. At Cadence, Stan was given executive directorship in managing over a $100M EDA business for a Front-End Design Division that included synthesis, test and formal verification product lines.

At VLSI Technology, Stan served in successive roles as a Vice-President and General Manager of the Strategic Technology Group, Embedded Products Group, and Computer & Government Products Division. In these roles, Stan was responsible for staff numbering up to 150, budgets exceeding 25 million, and profit centers producing up to $150 million annually. His domain of expertise included technical and management oversight of VLSI’s embedded RISC and DSP cores, security IP blocks, and IC design.

Mr. Katz has to his name 3 U.S. MOS IC patents, including the industry standard 6T SRAM. He has been a presenter at numerous technical conferences, and is the author of half a dozen technical papers on MOS IC design. He holds the MSEE degree from Rutgers University in New York.

Cliff Tan


Mr. Cliff Tan is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University, and a financial and economic strategist with more than two decades of experience in market analysis and investment strategy. Originally trained in economics at Yale and Harvard Universities, Mr. Tan is an expert in Asian economics, institutional, domestic and international finance.

Mr. Tan’s distinguished career includes positions as a managing director and lead economist for Citigroup in Asia, Warburg Dillon Read (now UBS), Wellington Management Company, and Bankers Trust Company. At Citigroup, Mr. Tan headed up local markets strategy in fixed income and foreign exchange. In over 19 years of research on Asia and Japan, Mr. Tan worked as FX/Interest Rate Strategist and co-head of Asian Economics at Warburg Dillon Read, Japan/Asia Economist at Wellington Management Company, LLC, and as proprietary trading/credit risk economist at Bankers Trust. Co.

Before entering financial markets, Mr. Tan covered Greater China at the US Federal Reserve Board, was a Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and was a Visiting Fellow at the Korea Development Institute. He has been voted a top five currency strategist several times by Asiamoney (including a #1 ranking in 2003) and has also been cited for work as both an economist and strategist by The Asset magazine. He is currently at work on a book on financial market retrospectives of the Asian financial crisis, and its ramifications for the current global economic crisis.

Mr. Tan serves selectively in a consulting capacity to both corporate and financial institutions. Agilestar is presently his chosen and singular advisory role in the high-tech sector.

Mr. Tan received M.Phil. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Yale University, an A.M. in East Asian Regional Studies from Harvard University and an A.B. (magna cum laude) in Journalism and East Asian Studies from the University of Southern California. In his spare time, he serves as a founding partner in a global micro-finance venture, seeking to merge profitable investments with a financial loan program to assist individuals in underdeveloped nations around the world.