Roy Jewell

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Roy Jewell
Alma mater University of South Florida (MS Physics 1980)
Occupation CEO, Palma Ceia SemiDesign
Known for President & COO Magma

Roy E. Jewell is an American technology business executive. He is presently CEO of Palma Ceia SemiDesign.[1] His prior notable roles were as President and CEO of software company Technology Modeling Associates and as President and COO of software company Magma Design Automation,[2] both of which he helped guide through initial public offerings on Nasdaq.


Jewell earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Physics from the University of South Florida. He later earned a master's degree in Management and Administration Science from the University of Texas at Dallas.[3]

Career History

Jewell's first posting after graduate school was with semiconductor company Texas Instruments, where he served in various technical and management positions from 1980 to 1988.[4] While working within TI's Design Automation Division (DAD) Jewell gained increased familiarity with software used in the design of semiconductors, including Technology-CAD software such as that developed by Technology Modeling Associates.

Technology Modeling Associates

In 1988 Jewell left TI and joined Technology Modeling Associates, serving in various sales and marketing capacities before being named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1992. In those roles he managed the company through its 1996 initial public offering on Nasdaq.[5] TMA was acquired by Avanti Corporation for approximately $95 million in a transaction finalized in January 1998.[6] Jewell thereafter served as a member of Avanti's executive staff until leaving the company in 1999.[7]

Magma Design Automation

In March 2001 Jewell joined Magma Design Automation as chief operating officer, later assuming the additional role of president.[8] He remained with Magma through its initial public offering on Nasdaq in November 2001[9] and until the company was acquired by Synopsys in 2012.[10]

Palma Ceia SemiDesign

In 2012 Jewell co-founded Palma Ceia SemiDesign, a provider of semiconductor IP for next-generation WiFi and mobile communications. He serves as the company's Chief Executive Officer.[11]


  1. VentureDeal
  2. Bloomberg Business Executive Profile
  3. “Securities and Exchange Commission Form S-1, Amendment No. 7, November 19, 2001, (page 49) [1]
  4. “Securities and Exchange Commission Form S-1, Amendment No. 7, November 19, 2001, (page 49) [2]
  5. Equity Offerings Set for This Week, New York Times, September 16, 1996
  6. "Avanti And Technology Modeling Associates (TMA) Shareholders Approve Merger," EE Times, January 20, 1998 [3]
  7. ZoomInfo profile
  8. ZoomInfo
  9. SEC Form S-1, Amendment No. 7, November 19, 2001
  10. “Synopsys Completes Acquisition of Magma Design Automation,” February 22, 2012 [4]
  11. VentureDeal

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