Karna Nisewaner

SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Cadence Design Systems

Karna Nisewaner has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since September 2022. Nisewaner is responsible for Cadence worldwide legal operations, covering matters such as corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, commercial transactions, employment, export compliance, government affairs, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and stock administration. Prior to this role, she was Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Cadence where she led many key functions in the legal department.

Prior to joining Cadence in 2011, Nisewaner held in-house counsel roles at Intuit and IBM and was in private practice at Finnegan, Henderson, Farbow, Garrett, and Dunner, LLP focused on intellectual property.

Nisewaner received her BSE in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University and her Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School.


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  • SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

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  • Corporate VP, General Counsel & Secretary

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