Richard Valera has been with Needham & Company since 1997 covering Communications Equipment and Technical Software. Prior to Needham he spent nine years in the EDA industry, most recently as a senior applications consultant at Synopsys, an industry-leading provider of logic synthesis and verification tools. Prior to Synopsys, he was employed at Viewlogic Systems and RacalRedac/HHB Systems in a variety of technical and marketing capacities. Richard has been recognized twice for his stock selection skill in The Wall Street Journal’s All-Star Analyst survey. Richard was ranked #2 in the 2013 FT/StarMine Analyst Awards for stock picking in the Communications Equipment category. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.