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From Physics to Business – One Man’s Journey to Success

Posted by Hannah Conrad on March 15th, 2012

Guest: Roy Jewell, former president and COO of Magma Design Automation

Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys, Inc. and Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys, Inc.

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On this episode of Conversation Central, Karen gets the chance to catch up with an old friend and colleague, Roy Jewell, former president and COO of Magma Design Automation.  Yvette and Karen ask Roy to share his career story of how he went from a Physics major, to engineer , and then to business leader and what it took to become successful along the way.

Roy Jewell’s first job out of college was with Texas Instruments, where he and Karen met. Roy attributes part of his success to the culture that he was surrounded with at TI which instilled the importance of being in control and solely responsible for one’s career path. With a physics background, Roy made the transition from a highly technical position to a marketing role at a start-up in Palo Alto, California. He then went on to become a business leader in various C-level roles.

Roy also shares with us where he thinks the EDA industry is headed, the changes that need to happen, as well as what he looks forward to personally. Karen also tells a story of her favorite memory of Roy.

Links of interest:

Texas Instruments

University of South Florida

The University of Texas at Dallas

Karen Bartleson and Roy Jewell in the early '80s

Karen Bartleson, Yvette Huygen, and Roy Jewell

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