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GEO Semiconductor Inc. is a company rich with IP and technology.

GEO’s innovative approach of building software and system solutions based upon highly efficient ICs embodies the new successful business model for a technology startup in silicon valley.

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Management

 
Paul Russo
Paul Russo
Executive Chairman & Founder
David Orton
David Orton
President & CEO
Zorawar Bassi
Zorawar Bassi
CTO
Eric Erdman
Eric Erdman
CFO
 
 
Ronald Allard
Ronald Allard
VP Worldwide Sales
Herve Brelay
Hervé Brelay
VP Software Engineering
John Casey
John Casey
VP & GM Automotive
Sudhir Chandratreya
Sudhir Chandratreya
VP Engineering
 
 
Kent Goodin
Kent Goodin
VP & GM Consumer Products
Mike Hopton
Mike Hopton
VP Operations & GM Toronto
Hiro Ito
Hiro Ito
VP & GM Japan
Pradip Thaker
Pradip Thaker
GM India Operations
 

Board of Directors

 
Paul Russo
Paul Russo
Executive Chairman & Founder
David Orton
David Orton
President & CEO
George A. Duguay
George A. Duguay
Director
Dr. Robert Young
Dr. Robert Young
Director
 

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Paul M. Russo, PhD

Executive Chairman & Founder

Dr. Russo currently serves as Executive Chairman & Founder of GEO Semiconductor. Previously he served as Co-Chairman and CEO since founding GEO Semiconductor in 2009. He also serves as Director of FONOLO (www.fonolo.com) and SBG Labs (www.sbglabs.com), and an Advisor to SiOnyx – the “Black Silicon” Company (www.sionyx.com). Prior to founding GEO Semi, Dr. Russo Founded Silicon Optix in 2000, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, serving as Chairman & CEO through 2008. GEO acquired certain assets from Silicon Optix in 2009. Prior to Silicon Optix, Dr. Russo was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Microchip (acquired by ST Micro in 2007) through 2000, including its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1998, and on its board until 2001.

Prior to founding Genesis, he was General Manager of GE’s Microelectronics Center, Senior Manager in GE’s Industrial Electronics Group and Head, Microsystems Research at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center.

Dr. Russo received his B. Eng. from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. He holds six U.S. patents, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received numerous RCA and industry awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal and the 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. He served as an outside director of ATI Technologies from 2001 through its acquisition by AMD in late 2006, as well as numerous private venture funded start-ups acquired by public entities (e.g., RocketChips – acquired by Xilinx, Atmos – acquired by MoSys).

Dr. Russo is a member of the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA) Emerging Company CEO Council and participates in its EDA sub-committee.

David Orton

President & CEO

David Orton currently serves as President & CEO of GEO Semiconductor and is on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of directors of two mid to late-stage start ups: SuVolta, and Z-Space. David was Chief Executive Officer of Aptina Imaging from August 2009 through September 2012. Prior to his work at Aptina, he served as CEO at venture-backed start up, DSM Solutions from late 2007 through mid 2009, which has been renamed SuVolta. David also served in 2006-2007 as Executive Vice President of Visual and Media Businesses for AMD overseeing strategy and operations following the company’s acquisition of ATI Technologies. At ATI Technologies he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the global fabless semiconductor company where he grew the company’s revenue from $1B in 2000 to $2.4B in 2005. He held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at ArtX, Inc., and has held a number of senior management roles at Silicon Graphics, Inc, including Senior Vice President of the Visual Computing Group. His experience also includes graphics and semiconductor work with General Electric and Bell Laboratories. David holds patents in graphics and computer architecture. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and economics at Wake Forest University, and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Duke University.

Zorawar Bassi, PhD

CTO

Dr. Zorawar Bassi serves as CTO for GEO Semiconductor Inc. and is a key inventor of GEO’s patented warping (eWARP®) technology. From 2009 to 2011, Dr Bassi served as Director of R&D at GEO, leading the research and IP development efforts. Prior to joining GEO, Dr. Bassi was a Senior DSP Engineer at Silicon Optix (2000-2009), where he architected three generations of geometry processing chips (acquired by GEO), and made important contributions to their video processing technology.

Dr. Bassi holds numerous patents world-wide, including 10 US patents, as well as having several scientific publications.

Dr. Bassi received his B.Sc. degree from University of Toronto, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University. Dr. Bassi is a member of the American Physical Society.

Eric Erdman

CFO

Eric Erdman has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 2013. He served as Chief Financial Officer for ViXS Systems Inc., a private semiconductor company based in Toronto, Canada, from November 2007 to September 2012. From April 2005 to October 2007, Mr. Erdman served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Silicon Optix Inc., a private semiconductor company based in San Jose, California. From July 1995 to September 2004 Mr. Erdman served in various capacities with Genesis Microchip Inc., a publicly traded semiconductor company, including Chief Financial Officer, interim Chief Executive Officer and on their Board of Directors.

Mr. Erdman holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Ronald Allard

VP Worldwide Sales

Ronald Allard serves as VP of Worldwide Sales for GEO Semiconductor, Inc. (GEO). Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Allard drove worldwide channel sales and emerging markets for Magnum Semiconductor, a leading video compression processor company for professional broadcast applications.

Prior to Magnum from 2003 to 2009, Mr. Allard served as VP of Sales for W&W Communications, Inc., a successful high definition video compression chip company acquired by Cavium Networks, Inc. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Allard co-founded and served as VP of Business Development at InfoMove, a leading wireless technology company, where he drove sales and strategic relationships worldwide. Prior to InfoMove, Mr. Allard served in senior sales and business development roles including over 10 years with Sony Corporation.

Mr. Allard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from University of Houston, Houston, Texas and a MBA Degree from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.

Hervé Brelay

VP Software Engineering

Hervé Brelay serves as VP of Software Engineering.

Mr. Brelay brings over 20 years’ experience in video processing systems designs and embedded software expertise to GEO Semiconductor.

Prior to joining GEO Semiconductor, Mr. Brelay served as VP of Software Engineering at Zenverge Inc., a leading provider of media transcoding solutions. Mr. Brelay also held senior management roles at Digital Keystone, LSI Logic and C-Cube Semiconductors.

Mr. Brelay holds an Engineering Diploma from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris-Tech, France) and 5 issued US patents.

John Casey

VP & GM Automotive

John Casey serves as Vice President and General Manager of GEO Semiconductor’s Automotive Business Unit.

Mr. Casey has more than 20 years of imaging and semiconductor industry experience spanning the Mobile, Digital Still Camera, Automotive, Industrial, and Biotech markets.

Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Casey drove worldwide Marketing for the Automotive and Industrial Business Unit at Aptina Imaging.

During Mr. Casey’s nine year tenure at Aptina he held senior positions in Marketing and Sales, including the position of Senior Director of Marketing for the Mobile, PC and Gaming Business Unit. Mr. Casey previously held roles in RnD and Engineering at the surveillance camera startup Pixim, and at PerkinElmer as part of the CCD image sensor and camera group.

John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Sudhir Chandratreya, PhD

VP Engineering

Dr. Chandratreya serves as Vice President of Engineering for GEO Semiconductor. He brings extensive experience in various areas of Semiconductors of which last thirteen years at a Vice President level.

After obtaining doctorate Dr. Chandratreya worked in variety of assignments at Hewlett Packard Corporation starting with IC process development all the way up to cutting edge CPU designs and very large subsystem development for Corporate Servers. Following that he worked at a startup which was acquired by Micron Corp. Afterwards he was Vice President in NeoMagic Corp responsible for VLSI development of their Application Processor SOC products. Later he ran Centillium Corporation’s DSL/VoIP/Optical communication product lines, both Analog/Digital CO/CPE, as Vice President of for Engineering. He then joined Maxim Integrated as Executive Director of Video Processing Products. Finally he came to his current position through GEO’s acquisition of the same product line.

Dr. Chandratreya completed his undergraduate engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has Master’s degree from Stanford University which he obtained under Hewlett Packard Fellowship. He earned his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.

Kent Goodin

VP & GM Consumer Products

Kent Goodin serves as Vice President and General Manager of GEO Semiconductor’s Consumer Products.

Mr. Goodin has over 30 years of semiconductor, systems and software product development expertise with a primary focus on video processing.

Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Goodin was the Executive Vice President of Engineering for Zenverge Inc. and was responsible for developing and bringing to market the company’s family of transcoder products for the cable television marketplace.

Prior to his role at Zenverge, Mr. Goodin was the Executive Vice President of Engineering at Silicon Optix, a leading provider of video processing solutions for both commercial and consumer applications. Mr. Goodin also held executive management positions at Parama Networks, Mediamatics/National Semiconductor and Weitek.

Mr. Goodin holds MSEE and BSEE degrees from the University of Louisville.

Mike Hopton

VP Operations & GM Toronto

Michael Hopton currently serves as VP and GM Toronto Operations for GEO Semiconductor Inc (GEO). Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Hopton served as VP Operations at Silicon Optix Inc from 2004 until 2008, he also served as Director of Operations from 2000 (when the company was founded) until 2004.

Prior to Silicon Optix Mr. Hopton served as Manager of Manufacturing Engineering at Genesis Microchip Inc. from 1995-2000. In this position, he supported the development qualification, release to production, and sustaining engineering on Genesis products. Prior to 1995, Mr. Hopton performed test program development, characterization and production engineering on Genesis products. He started his career at Texas Instruments working as Senior Product Engineer on mixed-signal devices for the Automotive and Cell Phone Markets from 1988 to 1991.

Mr. Hopton is a 1988 graduate from the Heirot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Hiro Ito

VP & GM Japan

Hiro Ito currently serves as GEO’s VP and GM Japan. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Ito served as Managing Director at Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL) since its acquisition of Techwell (NASDAQ: TWLL) in 2010. While at Techwell, he served as President of Techwell Japan from 2006 until 2010. Prior to joining Techwell, Mr. Ito served as General Partner of Global Technologies Alliance, a venture capital firm specializing in investments in startup companies in the high-tech sector. Prior to Global Technologies Alliance, Mr. Ito served as General Manager, Business Development of Kanematsu, a Japanese Trading firm specializing in business opportunities between US and Japan.

Mr. Ito is a 1982 graduate from the University in Tokyo, Japan, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering.

Pradip A. Thaker, PhD

GM India Operations & Sr Director (VLSI and H/W Engineering)

Dr. Pradip A. Thaker has 20 years of semiconductor industry experience in developing and productizing large and complex ICs for multimedia, computer connectivity and DSPs with multimillion dollars worth of revenue generation for each product-line. He brings first-hand experience of working for revenue-focussed mid-size companies such as Analog Devices and Hughes Network Systems, execution-savvy large companies such as Texas Insruments and technology-oriented small start-up companies such as Zagros Networks and Beceem Communications. He started his career in USA and has been working and living in India for past 6 years.

Dr. Thaker holds PhD (VLSI Systems) in EE from George Washington University, USA. He served as an adjunct faculty until 2003 while serving full-time in industry as a Principal Engineer. He also served as a member of ECE Advisory Board at the George Washington University.

He holds 2 patents and 2 more patent applications are under processing. He has over 10 technical publications and has been invited speaker and panelist at reputed technical events in USA and India. He is a recipient of industry and academic awards for excellence.

George A. Duguay

Director

Mr. Duguay is an executive with experience in the technology, financial services and resource industries. Since 1988, he’s been the president of G. Duguay Services Inc., a partner of Duguay and Ringler Corporate Services until February 2006, a provider of corporate and financial administrative services to public companies. G. Duguay Services Inc. continues to act as a consultant in this area. He presently is Corporate Secretary of three public companies, and a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Intrinsyc Software International, Inc. a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Intrinsyc provides proprietary software, hardware, and services for the growing market of mobile handheld products, which includes consumer handsets, personal navigation devices, smart phones, eReaders and other mobile and embedded devices.

Mr. Duguay was a founder of Equity Financial Holdings Inc. a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Equity provides stock transfer, corporate trust, foreign exchange, corporate secretary and compliance services through their group of companies. In addition, during the period May 1993 to December 2004, Mr. Duguay served as a director of Genesis Microchip Inc., the world’s leading supplier of display image processors which during that time was listed on NASDAQ. Mr. Duguay was also a founder and director of GA Capital Corp.

Mr. Duguay is a Certified General Accountant (C.G.A.) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (F.C.I.S.).

Dr. Robert Young

Director

Dr. Young is a co-founding Managing Director of Mirador Capital LLC, a private equity firm invested in U.S. venture capital firms. He also manages personal private equity investments in early stage technology companies through IRT, Inc. Previously, Dr.Young was Chairman and CEO of Curl Corporation, an Internet infrastructure software company. Prior to that, Dr. Young was a senior partner and Managing Director at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., an investment bank, where he had corporate finance responsibility for information technology companies. He had previously served as the Managing General Partner of Dillon Read’s venture capital funds from 1987 to 1994. These funds invested in early stage companies in information technology, biotechnology, energy and financial services. Dr. Young’s personally directed investments included SanDisk, Tessera, Virtual Machine Works and Team Bank. From 1991 to 1995, He was also an advisor to Barings Private Equity Partners, a global private equity group headquartered in London.

Dr. Young started his business career with IBM where, over an 18 year period, he held a number of management and executive positions in sales, marketing, engineering and general management. His last position at IBM was as President, IBM Instruments, a fully integrated global company with operations in the US and several European countries. IBM Instruments’ products consisted of a broad range of scientific instruments and real-time scientific computers. Dr. Young is a founding investor and Director of Tessera (NASDAQ: TSRA), the leading semi-conductor interconnect technology company. He was also a Director of ATI Technologies (NASDAQ: ATYT), a leading producer of 3-D graphics and multimedia products until its merger with AMD in 2006. Dr. Young is also an investor and Director of several private technology companies: SRC Computers, a producer of re-configurable, high performance computers; Innolume, a company producing quantum dot lasers for optical clocking of integrated circuits and computer interconnect applications; Jatheon, a provider of network appliances for messaging compliance management; SBG Labs Inc. which has unique solid-state optical device technology, Open-Xchange, which offers an open source exchange server product and Novitaz, a company producing active RFID hardware and software modules for unique customer-centric, loyalty-based solutions in retail. Dr. Young has served on the visiting committees of both the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Chemistry at MIT and is an advisor to PolyTechnos, a European venture capital firm headquartered in Munich. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT.

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