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Fumihide "Humi" Esaka
Humi is responsible for Transphorm's expansion as the worldwide leader providing GaN-based power conversion in power supplies and adapters, motor drives, solar panels, and electric vehicles. He brings over 25 years of executive level leadership to Transphorm. Prior to joining Transphorm Humi was CEO and President of Nihon Inter Electronics Corporation, a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed company, and served as Vice President of Japan Sales at International Rectifier (IR). He has significant leadership experience in both U.S. and international businesses and markets, having contributed to IR's significant revenue expansion in Asia, and revitalizing NIEC, a Japanese-based power solutions manufacturer with more than $300 million in revenues.
Umesh Mishra, Ph.D.
CTO & Co-Founder
Umesh is responsible for the strategic direction of Transphorm, as well as customer relationships and technology. Prior to co-founding Transphorm in 2007, Umesh co-founded Nitres Inc. in 1996 - the first start-up company to develop GaN LEDs and transistors. Nitres was acquired by Cree in 2000. Umesh was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010 and received the IEEE David Sarnoff Award for "The Development of Gallium Nitride Electronics". He is also Professor Above-Scale (the highest academic rank in the University of California System) in the ECE Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he has been a director of several GaN research centers.
Primit Parikh, Ph.D.
President & Co-Founder
Primit co-leads overall strategy at Transphorm. He is also responsible for P&L, key customer relationships and products, engineering and manufacturing. Primit has over 10 years experience in business area leadership and over 15 years in GaN / semiconductor development, technical marketing and intellectual property. Prior to Transphorm, Primit led GaN electronics at Nitres Inc. through its acquisition by Cree, where he served as head of Advanced Technology at Cree SBTC in charge of GaN development and government business. Primit received his B.Tech. in EE from IIT, Mumbai and his Ph.D. in ECE from UCSB. He has more than 30 patents awarded/pending in the area of GaN materials, devices and circuits, and has co-authored more than 70 publications and presentations.
Scott Gibson brings extensive experience in leading Finance, IT, Human Resources, and Administration for both private and public technology companies including KLA-Tencor (semiconductor capital equipment), StrataCom (networking equipment), PLX Technology (semiconductor), SOMA Networks (wireless equipment), Luxim Corporation (plasma lighting) and most recently, Scintera Networks (semiconductor). As a chief financial officer the past 22 years, Scott has played a key role in strategic management of high growth companies and successfully managed Initial Public Offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Scott received his MBA from the University of Michigan and BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.
Yifeng Wu, Ph.D.
Senior VP, Engineering
Yifeng joined Transphorm in 2008 as Director of Circuits and Applications Engineering. He currently leads circuit engineering, packaging, applications and product roadmap. He previously worked at WideGap Technology LLC and Cree Inc. He received his Ph.D. degree from UC Santa Barbara, where he established himself as a pioneer in GaN Electronics. His contributions span from basic device process to cutting-edge device designs, including millimeter-wave HEMTs and high-efficiency power converters. He was the first to demonstrate a GaN microwave power HEMT and set several world records for the highest power densities of any solid-state transistor. He holds 17 patents and has authored many high-impact papers, resulting in more than 3000 citations in Google.
Senior Advisor, Marketing
Carl is a recognized leader in the power industry, having successfully launched hundreds of new products and technologies. He began his career with Raytheon as a Power Systems Design Engineer, gaining experience in power supply, RF and logic design. Over the next 19 years, he progressed through many levels of the organization before moving to the semiconductor industry in 1991, bringing customer understanding to the new product definition process. He served as Co-Chair of the Technology Roadmap committee of the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), and was recently elected as President. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering summa cum laude at the University of New Haven.
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