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Management with technical experience

Our management team nurtures an engineering-focused culture that enables us to drive innovation for next generation technologies under the direction of some of the best engineering talent in wired connectivity IP.

Management Team

  • John Lofton Holt
    Executive Chairman (Board Member)
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    John Web

    John Lofton Holt has served as strategic advisor to management since 2019 and was appointed as the Company's Executive Chairman in 2021.

    John has been a semiconductor executive since the late 1990s and has founded, funded, scaled and led multiple semiconductor businesses, driving billions of dollars in value for shareholders. He has more than 24 years of experience as an investor and senior executive, including considerable experience in chairing boards. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Achronix Semiconductor Corporation and was also a Managing Partner of Holt Brothers Capital LLC where he managed a portfolio of investments in semiconductors, hardware, robotics, renewables and real estate. John started his career in the late 1980s at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he worked as a design engineer focussing on optics and electronics for remote sensing and LIDAR applications.

    John holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an MSE in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Tony Pialis
    President & Chief Executive Officer (Board Member)
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    Tony Web

    Tony Pialis co-founded Alphawave in 2017 and has since served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Tony has extensive experience as an entrepreneur in the semiconductor industry, having co-founded three semiconductor IP companies, including Snowbush Microelectronics Inc, which was sold in 2007 to Gennum/Semtech and is currently part of Rambus. He also founded V Semiconductor Inc. where he served as President and CEO, and which was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2012. Tony served as Vice President of Analog and Mixed-Signal IP at Intel Corporation between 2012 and 2017. During his tenure at Intel, Tony and his team won the prestigious Intel Achievement Award for successfully delivering next generation Ethernet and PCI-Express SerDes solutions on Intel’s 22nm and 14nm process technologies.

    Tony holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

  • Daniel Aharoni
    Chief Financial Officer
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    Daniel Web

    Daniel Aharoni was appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer in January 2021. Daniel has extensive experience in the banking and finance industry, with many years’ experience in a senior executive role. He served as the Co-Head of Technology Investment Banking, EME at Barclays Bank plc, with overall responsibility for the technology sector investment banking coverage across Europe and the Middle East. Daniel has also held roles at Jefferies, UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort and Rothschild.

    Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. Daniel qualified as a solicitor in 2000.

  • Jonathan Rogers
    SVP, Engineering (Board Observer)
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    Jonathan Web

    Jonathan Rogers co-founded Alphawave in 2017 and has since served as its Senior Vice President of Engineering, leading the Group’s research and development function. He has over 13 years’ experience as an engineering executive, including as Director of Engineering and Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation between 2012 and 2017, and Director of Design Engineering at V Semiconductor and Gennum. He was also the Director of IP Development and IC Designer at Snowbush Microelectronics Inc.

    Jonathan holds a B.A Sc in Engineering Science and an M.A Sc in Engineering from the University of Toronto.

  • Raj Mahadevan
    SVP, Operations (Board Observer)
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    Raj Web

    Raj Mahadevan co-founded Alphawave in 2017 and has since served as its Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. Raj has more than two decades of engineering executive experience in the semiconductor IP industry, including leading roles in design, architecture, operations, and design methodology development. Prior to Alphawave, he co-founded V Semiconductor Inc. where he was a Director and also Snowbush Microelectronics Inc.

    Raj holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science and a Master of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Jan Frykhammar
    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
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    Jan Frykhamm

    Jan Frykhammar was appointed to the Board in April 2021 as its Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. Jan is an experienced executive within the telecom industry, with years of experience as senior executive and as an adviser to listed and non-listed companies. Jan was the Group Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Ericsson Group, and served as interim Chief Executive Officer until 2017.

    Jan is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the board at Aspia AB. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of, amongst others, ITAB Shop Concept AB, Nordic Semiconductor ASA, Clavister Holding AB and Roima Intelligence OY. Jan also previously served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Kvdcar AB, Openet Telecom Ltd and the Swedish International Chamber of Commerce.

    Jan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Uppsala.

    External appointments

    Celltick, Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Aspia AB, Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Nordic Semiconductor AS, Non-Executive Director
    Telavox AB, Non-Executive Director
    Clavister AB, Non-Executive Director
    ITAB Group, Non-Executive Director
    OX2, Non-Executive Director

  • Sehat Sutardja
    Executive Director
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    Sehat Sutardja Web

    Sehat Sutardja was appointed to the Board in April 2021. Sehat has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, having co-founded Marvell Technology Group with his wife, Weili Dai, and having served as its Chief Executive Officer. Today, Sehat is the Chief Executive Officer at FLC Technology Group.

    In 2006, Sehat was named Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association, and in 2010, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association, and in 2013, he received the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award.

    Sehat holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also an IEEE Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

    External appointments

    Chief Executive Officer at FLC Technology Group

  • Michelle Senecal de Fonseca
    Independent Non-Executive Director
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    Michelle Senecal de Fonseca

    Michelle Senecal de Fonseca was appointed to the Board in April 2021. Michelle has more than 26 years of experience in the international telecommunications and technology sectors. She is currently an area Vice President for Citrix Systems after having served as the Global Director of Cloud and Hosting Services at Vodafone. Prior to Vodafone, Michelle worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where she managed the Telecom, Media and Technology banking team. Michelle joined the Board of the FDM Group (a FTSE 250 company) in January 2016 and is the co-founder and board member of Women in Telecoms and Technology, a UK not-for-profit organisation, as well as a global council member at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Kansas. Michelle also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

    External Appointments

    FDM Group, Independent Non Executive Director
    Women in Telecoms and Technology, Board Member
    Thunderbird School of Global Management, Global Council Member
    MOVE Capital, Member of Investment Board

  • Rosalind Singleton
    Independent Non-Executive Director
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    Rosalind Singleton

    Rosalind Singleton was appointed to the Board in April 2021. She is a telecoms executive with over 25 years of experience in the sector.

    Rosalind is the CEO of Spring Fibre and previously was Managing Director of UK Broadband from 2017 to 2019. She has previously held senior roles at BT Openreach, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone, various VNOs, and other international operators from start-ups to incumbents.

    She is also Chair of the UK5G Advisory Board which advises Government on developing the 5G ecosystem and a member of Ofcom’s Spectrum Advisory Board.

    For the last five years Rosalind has been an active angel investor with a primary focus on tech businesses with a female founder and is a member of the Angel Academe Advisory Board.

    External Appointments

    Spring Fibre, Chief Executive Officer
    UK5G, Chair of the Advisory Board
    Ofcom, member of Spectrum Advisory Board

  • Susan Buttsworth
    Independent Non-Executive Director
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    Susan-Buttsworth

    Susan Buttsworth was appointed to the Board in April 2021. She is Three UK’s Chief Operating Officer and responsible for driving Three UK’s overall network and IT transformation. Susan has worked for the CK Hutchison Group since 1996 and has delivered large scale network and IT deployments across its group.

    In addition to her role at Three, Susan also leads CKH Innovations Opportunities & Development (CKHIOD); a telecom unit of CK Hutchison Holdings. CKHIOD comprises of cross-border wholesale and enterprise opportunities, data monetisation and digital consumer products and services.

    Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, a Master’s degree in Commerce from Macquarie University and is a Certified Practising Accountant in Australia.

    External Appointments

    Three UK, Chief Operating Officer
    CKH Innovations Opportunities Development, CEO

  • Victoria Hull
    Independent Non-Executive Director
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    Victoria-Hull

    Victoria Hull was appointed to the Board in April 2021. Victoria has over two decades of senior management experience including roles as Executive Director and General Counsel of Invensys plc, who she joined in 2001, and Telewest Communications plc, who she joined in 1995. Prior to Telewest, she was a solicitor in the corporate finance department of Clifford Chance.

    Victoria has a strong legal and corporate governance background and has operated at an Executive Committee or Board level throughout her career. She joined the Board of Ultra Electronics plc (a FTSE 250 company) as Senior Independent Director in April 2017 and is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Victoria was also appointed to the board of Network International PLC (a FTSE 250 company) in April 2019 where she chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Nomination Committee. She has recently joined the professional services company RBG Holdings plc as a Non-Executive Director.

    Victoria holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Southampton and qualified as a solicitor in 1987.

    External appointments

    Ultra Electronics, Non-Executive Director
    Rosenblatt Limited, Non-Executive Director
    Network International, Non-Executive Director

  • Paul Boudre
    Independent Non-Executive Director
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    Paul Boudre

    Paul Boudre was appointed to the Board in April 2021. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Soitec, a Francebased international industrial company specialized in generating and manufacturing high performance semiconductor materials, having been appointed to the role in January 2015. A semiconductor-industry veteran

    of more than 30 years, Paul gained extensive international experience through his previous positions: managing industrial operations for IBM Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Motorola Semiconductor, and Atmel. From 1997 to 2006, he managed European operations for KLA-Tencor, a leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer, and he was subsequently appointed Vice President for both the US and Europe.

    Paul holds a graduate degree in chemistry from France’s Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Toulouse.

    External appointments

    Soitec, Chief Executive Officer
    Unity SC, Non-Executive Director
    Exagan, Non-Executive Director
    SEMI, Member of the European Advisory Board