Transphorm shakes up its management team

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By Nick Flaherty

GaN pioneer Transphorm has replaced the majority of its senior roles in a major shakeup.

The roles are being filled by company veterans as well as newly hired senior executives from ST Microelectronics, onsemi and Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, replacing key operations and engineering leads.

Sal Barlett has joined as Senior Vice President, Operations after nearly 30 years at onsemi where he most recently led the global capacity, capital planning, and strategy teams.

Likun Shen, a 15-year Transphorm veteran, has been appointed to Vice President of Engineering. He replaces Yifeng Wu who lest least year after 13 years with the company.

The company points out that Shen’s work contributed heavily to the design, fabrication, characterization, and qualification of Transphorm’s GaN platform and derivative products. Notably, he led an initiative responsible for improving manufacturing yields while supporting reliability improvement efforts.

Tushar Dhayagude expands his role as Vice President of Field Applications and Technical Sales as Vice President of Worldwide Sales, while Vipin Bothra joins from ST Microelectronics as Vice President of Sales, North America and Europe. Dhayagude has 25 years experience at ST where he was Industrial Sales Director.

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Philip Zuk, appointed as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, has spent nearly seven years supporting Transphorm in various capacities

Peter Cheng joins Transphorm as the company’s Vice President of Product Marketing and Applications from Alpha and Omega Semiconductor. As Senior Director, Power IC Product Line, he oversaw five product groups, he was instrumental in defining new product requirements and application criteria along with developing viable product roadmaps.

“The GaN power semiconductor field is an exciting one enabling significant efficiency savings with compact, cost-effective power converters and inverters. This challenges engineers and operational leaders alike to think beyond the status quo,” said Primit Parikh, President and COO, Transphorm

“The team we have assembled to date is comprised of passionate individuals who understand our role in the power electronics industry and deeply value what Transphorm offers customers and ecosystem partners. We are proud to have this strong team in place to lead the next phase of growth and innovation as we continue to deliver one of the highest performing, widest range of power GaN devices available today,”  he added.

The company has one of the largest Power GaN IP portfolios of more than 1,000 owned or licensed patents and produces the industry’s first JEDEC and AEC-Q101 qualified high voltage GaN semiconductor devices with manufacturing in Goleta, California and Aizu, Japan.

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