Francis joined People Element in August of 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Synaptics, where he was President from December 1998 until July 2008 and CEO from December 1998 until July 2009. Prior to his work with Synaptics, Francis was a consultant August 1998 through November 1998 and served as General Manager of NSM, a joint venture between National Semiconductor and S. Megga, based in Hong Kong. From 1988 through August of 1995, Francis held a variety of positions for National Semiconductor, including Vice President of Communication and Computing Group, Vice President of Quality and Reliability, Director of Standard Logic Business Unit, and various other operations and engineering management positions. Francis holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.